Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead
This summer, the four core surviving members of the iconic jam band that changed millions of lives will reunite at Soldier Field in Chicago to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead. These band members include Phil Lesh (bass), Bob Weir (guitar), Bill Kreutzmann (percussion), and Mickey Hart (percussion). The musicians will be joined by Phish’s guitarist, Trey Anastasio, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, and pianist Bruce Hornsby for an all-star 4th of July weekend that will contain three shows.
Soldier Field in Chicago was chosen because the Grateful Dead played their last concerts there on July 8 and 9, 1995, before legendary guitarist Jerry Garcia passed away. The core four are ecstatic about celebrating the band’s history, but they are also excited about continuing the abiding groove, as the jam-band is world-famous for their improvisation. “It is with respect and gratitude that we reconvene the Dead one last time to celebrate—not merely the band’s legacy, but also the community that we’ve been playing to, and with, for fifty years…Wave that flag, wave it wide and high,” said bassist Phil Lesh.
To continue the tradition of the original Grateful Dead Ticketing Mail Order, tickets will first be made available by a first-come, first-served mail order system. Ticketing information can be found at Dead50.net. If you are trying to go, get these in fast! Deadheads have been decorating their envelopes to get in the weekend’s spirit already!
Unfortunately I cannot say that I will be attending this show at this current point in time – if things work out and I can somehow get to Chicago, I will finally be able to relive the long strange trip it’s been.
Keep those records spinnin’,
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