Watch Grateful Dead Perform ‘Wang Dang Doodle’ Live In Foxboro 1989: Pro-Shot Video

Guitarist Bob Weir fronts the group on the blues classic at Sullivan Stadium.

By Scott Bernstein Oct 14, 2021 9:32 am PDT

Grateful Dead‘s “Wang Dang Doodle” from a July 2, 1989 concert in Foxboro, Massachusetts is the latest installment in the band’s All The Years Live video series. The pro-shot video was filmed at Sullivan Stadium as part of a show which can be viewed in its entirety on The Coda Collection.

Famed blues artist Willie Dixon wrote “Wang Dang Doodle.” The song was initially recorded by Howlin’ Wolf in 1960 and scored a hit for Koko Taylor in 1965. Guitarist Bob Weir handled lead vocals on Grateful Dead versions. Initially performed by the legendary band on August 26, 1983, the Dead played “Wang Dang Doodle” a total of 95 times through its appearance at the group’s penultimate concert on July 8, 1995 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

“Debuting in August 1983, ‘Wang Dang Doodle’ was a sporadically-played addition to the repertoire until late 1988, when it found a more regular place in the rotation,” wrote Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux in a note accompanying the video. “It was always interesting, however, where it would appear in the set. In early days, it was a show-opener, and was most regularly placed in the blues-song slot early in the first set, as it is here. Occasionally, it would be found in the second set coming out of a bluesy jam, like the 7/8/90 version coming out of ‘I Need A Miracle’ after ‘Space.'”

Check out “Wang Dang Doodle” from July 2, 1989 below:


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