The Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead 1987 Tour was a concert tour by Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead taking place in the summer of 1987 and consisting of six concerts. Each concert began with a lengthy set by the Grateful Dead of their own material (sometime broken into a first and second set, per the Dead's own practice), followed by a roughly 90 minute set of the Dead acting as Dylan's backup band. The Dead had long performed many Dylan songs in their own concerts, so they were well-versed in Dylan's repertoire. However, some Dylan fans were not happy with the Dead playing the songs in their own style, or with Dylan going along with it.
Dylan & the Dead is a live album released by Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead in February 1989 by Columbia Records. It consists of seven songs written and sung by Dylan, with the Dead providing accompaniment taken from the Dylan and the Grateful Dead 1987 Tour. Songs from two of the Grateful Dead performances were released on their album View from the Vault, Volume Four.