Grateful Dead's 'Fare Thee Well' To Take Place At Chicago's Soldier Field July 3rd-5th
January 16, 2015 at 12:37 PM (PT)
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of GRATEFUL DEAD, the four original members -- MICKEY HART, BILL KREUTZMANN, PHIL LESH and BOB WEIR -- will reunite at CHICAGO's SOLDIER FIELD, nearly 20 years to the day of the last DEAD concert, which took place at the same venue.
“Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of GRATEFUL DEAD" will occur over three nights on JULY 3rd, 4th and 5th, marking the original members' last-ever performance together. The band will be joined by TREY ANASTASIO, BRUCE HORNSBY and former RAT DOG keyboardist JEFF CHIMENTI to perform two sets of music each night.
JERRY GARCIA's daughter TRIXIE announced the shows on Dead50.net. Tickets will be made available via a first-come, first-served mail order system.
“I have a feeling this will come out just right,” said MICKEY HART. “Can’t wait to find out...HERE WE GO!”
Added BILL KREUTZMANN: "The GRATEFUL DEAD lived an incredible musical story and now we get to write a whole new chapter. By celebrating our 50th, we get to cheer our past, but this isn't just about history. The DEAD always played improvisational music that was born in the moment and we plan on doing the same this round."
“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 50 years,” commented PHIL LESH. "Wave that flag, wave it wide and high..."
"Lookin' forward to this one, oh boy, you bet,” commented BOB WEIR. “Let's see just how much fun we can have this 4th of JULY."
“Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of GRATEFUL DEAD” was conceived as a partnership between producer PETER SHAPIRO and MADISON HOUSE PRESENTS. SHAPIRO has played an instrumental role in the jam band and live music world, beginning his career by producing two documentaries about GRATEFUL DEAD, and he has since served as publisher of RELIX MAGAZINE, and owner of BROOKLYN BOWL, WETLANDS PRESERVE and THE CAPITOL THEATER -- where he recently partnered with JERRY GARCIA’s family to open GARCIA'S, a bar and music venue in the late musician's honor.
MADISON HOUSE PRESENTS — led by DON SULLIVAN, JEREMY STEIN and MIKE LUBA — has focused on the live music experience through the creation of world-class music festivals, collaborating directly with artists on creative events and developing award-winning tours.