The Empire State Building gave a brilliant tribute to the Grateful Dead on the 4th of July. The iconic skyscraper brought it’s own fireworks to honor the legendary band’s farewell.
The LED lights of the ESB were synced up to Grateful Dead’s “U.S. Blues,” which provided the perfect lyrics for a red, white and blue celebration on Independence Day.
Grateful Dead posted the fantastic video on their YouTube account, while they play their final Fare Thee Well shows at Soldier Field in Chicago this weekend.
The amazing display that was 1,454 feet above New York City was coordinated and created by the band and Empire State Building lighting designer, Marc Brickman.
The award-winning lighting designer told Billboard:
“The lights were incorporated into the Chicago show on the screens as a huge video-tribute to watch while they performed. It was specifically designed for this show as a gift since it’s a special night and it’s never been done before for a rock band of this magnitude. We also had some iconic Dead graphics dancing in the mast of the building.”
The synchronized light show was broadcast live to the sold-out crowd at Chicago’s Soldier Field during the band’s encore performance of “U.S. Blues” on Saturday night.
Sunday’s Dead show will be the last and mark the historic band’s 50th anniversary.