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Fare Thee Well: All Three Nights of Dead 50 Simulcast Live in Brooklyn and Las Vegas
Posted On Wednesday, July 1st
It’s been a long time coming, but the remaining members of the Grateful Dead—Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann—will celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary—Dead 50—by performing together for one last weekend, on 7/3, 7/4 and 7/5 at Soldier Field. The famed Chicago football stadium holds a special place in the hearts of Dead fans as it was the location of the very last Grateful Dead show with beloved frontman Jerry Garcia. Of course it wouldn’t be the Dead without a little help from their friends. So rather than going it alone, the “core four” are joined by Trey Anastasio on guitar, Bruce Hornsby on piano and Jeff Chimenti on keys. The Dead just played two additional shows over the weekend in Santa Clara, Calif., to pretty much universal acclaim. Per Billboard, “Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Arrives & Thrives with Trey Anastasio on the Side.” Not to be outdone, the Los Angeles Times proclaimed, “Otherworldly? Yes. Worthy of praise? Most certainly. So expertly imagined as to suggest not just a reunion but a continuation, this was the Dead ideal, communal, filled with a generosity of spirit that united stage and seats.” This weekend will be one of the biggest musical reunions in the history of musical reunions, which, of course, means lots of people got shut out from attending. But no worries, because with the eyes of the world cast upon Chicago, you won’t miss a thing: All three shows will be simulcast in their entirety in Brooklyn and Las Vegas. And as an added bonus, the Funky Meters will perform live in Las Vegas on 7/4 and 7/5.