After a hiatus, the Grateful Dead have returned to YouTube with another installment of All the Years Live. The latest footage comes from summer tour 1989.
On July 2nd, the bus rolled into Foxboro, MA. Just a few songs into the first set, the Dead covered Willie Dixon’s “Wang Dang Doodle”—a staple of late 80s Dead. Here is what Grateful Dead historian and archivist David Lemieux noted about the performance, “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. 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.”
Thanks to the Grateful Dead for the footage!