What started last week as rumors too good to be true has just been confirmed, the four living (core) members of the Grateful Dead will reunite for a three-night run this Summer in Chicago, joined by Phish frontman and hippie God Trey Anastasio.
Relix has confirmed that the surviving original members of the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, will reunite at Soldier Field in Chicago for a 3-night run over the 4th of July…joined by the most talented ginger alive, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby, and Jeff Chimenti, the announcement has quickly sent a shockwave through the jamband community that’s melting faces from Haight & Ashbury to Bleecker Street, and everywhere in between.
This will 100% be the HARDEST concert ticket of the summer to get your greedy hippie fingers on, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. Soldier Field is a MASSIVE concert venue, but I expect this mini-festival to bring out all manners of wooky-craziness.
The four core surviving members of the Grateful Dead—Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir—will reunite for their final shows together at Chicago’s Soldier Field on July 3, 4 and 5. The musicians will be joined by Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards) and Bruce Hornsby (piano) for the run, which is billed as “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead.” The group will play two sets of music each night.
The performances will take place at the same stadium where the Grateful Dead played their last concerts on July 8 and 9, 1995. In the tradition of the original Grateful Dead Ticketing Mail Order, tickets will first be made available via a first-come, first-served mail order system. All additional ticketing information, as well as an announcement video from Jerry Garcia’s daughter Trixie Garcia, can be found at Dead50.net.
“The Grateful Dead lived an incredible musical story and now we get to write a whole new chapter,” Bill Kreutzmann said in a statement. “By celebrating our 50th, we get to cheer our past, but this isn’t just about history. The Grateful Dead always played improvisational music that was born in the moment and we plan on doing the same this round.”
Phil Lesh added, “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.”
For more on this monumental announcement you can head on over to RELIX by clicking HERE.