The Grateful Dead and Rhino have announced a brand new partnership with The Coda Collection to host a series of exclusive archival content, kicking off with the streaming debuts of three concert films captured during the span of 1989 to 1991.
The Coda Collection, hosted on Amazon and streamed through their Prime Video Channel, is a service focused on concert films, documentaries, and movies relating to bands and artists like The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, and more.
The first concert featured in the new partnership is the band’s show in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on July 2, 1989. The Grateful Dead YouTube channel has released a few of the cuts from the concert, including an always playful version of ‘Tennessee Jed’ and a rousing medley of ‘Dear Mr. Fantasy’ and ‘Hey Jude’.
The second show is from the same tour, this one taking place ten days later at RFK Stadium in Washington DC. RFK was the sight of one of the more infamous Dead shows three years prior, a time when sweltering heat and dehydration contributed to Jerry Garcia falling into a diabetic coma days later. The return to RFK was triumphant, with a healthier Garcia and a re-energised band running through lesser-played material like Brent Mydland’s ‘Far From Me’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues’.
The final concert occurred during the band’s summer 1991 tour, their first without Mydland. This performance, at Giants Stadium on June 17, is legendary for being the first ‘Dark Star Jam’ since 1974. The band weaved in and out of the ‘Dark Star Jam’ throughout the second set, with new keyboardist Vince Welnick and part-time keyboardist Bruce Hornsby adding a jazzier feeling to the night’s proceedings.
Of course, if you’re a hardcore Deadhead, chances are you’ve heard, seen old footage of, or even went to these shows. But the band’s partnership with The Coda Collection will be the first time that these three shows have been professionally released on video.