The latest installment in the Grateful Dead “All The Years Live” vault video series takes us back to the band’s July 1990 performance at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, NY.
The selected song from the band’s July 16th, 1990 show at the New York stadium is that of “Blow Away”, a tune from the Dead’s 1987 Built To Last studio LP which was written and sung by keyboardist Brent Mydland. The performance is somewhat of a bittersweet one for Deadheads, especially those who prefer the band’s 1980s lineup, as Mydland would die of an overdose 10 days after delivering this wonderful performance.
Watch the band’s latest addition to “All The Years Live” series below.
Grateful Dead – “Blow Away” – 7/16/1990
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As he’s done with each of the releases, Dead archivist David Lemieux shared his thoughts on the performance in saying, “This Brent Mydland song, debuted in 1988, was a show-stopper whenever it was played through the summer of 1990, and this was the final live version by the Grateful Dead. All 23 versions feature something very special.”
Previous editions of the Dead’s ongoing weekly “All The Years Live” video series have included “Touch of Grey” from 7/4/1989 at Rich Stadium, “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” from 7/6/1990 at Cardinal Stadium, “Estimated Prophet” from 7/8/1990 at Three Rivers Stadium, “Reuben & Cherise” from 6/6/90 at Buckeye Lake, “Morning Dew” from 10/18/74 at the Winterland Ballroom, “Sugar Magnolia”/”Scarlet Begonias”/”Fire On The Mountain” from 12/31/78 at the Winterland Ballroom, and “Wang Dang Doodle” from June 14th, 1991 at RFK Stadium.