Deadheads rejoice! To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead Jerry Garcia’s daughter, Trixie, announced on the Grateful Dead website Friday that the four remaining members of the Grateful Dead will reunite to play three shows this July in Chicago. It will be their final performances together as a band. The concerts will take place at Chicago’s Soldier Field, the location where the Grateful Dead last played together as a group back in July 1995.
Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will be joined on stage by Trey Anastasio on guitar, Jeff Chimenti on keyboards and Bruce Hornsby will play piano. The run will be billed as Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead. The band will play two sets each night.
Tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis through the traditional Grateful Dead Ticketing Mail Order system, internet presale, as well as a public on sale via Ticketmaster. All ticket information can be found at Dead50.net. There will be a general admission pit in front of the stage and these tickets will go for $99.50. The reserved seat tickets range from $59.50-$199.50. You can see seating chart here. VIP and Travel packages are available too. All mail order and Grateful Dead Online Ticketing purchasers will receive their commemorative Fare Thee Well tickets with art designs selected by Grateful Dead Ticketing from the mail order envelopes submitted by fans.
The Grateful Dead Ticketing mail order begins January 20, 2015. Grateful Dead pre-sale tickets sales begin February 12, 2015 at 10:00 am CST via Grateful Dead Online Ticketing. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Public ticket sales start February 14, 2015 at 10:00 am CST through Ticketmaster. The Grateful Dead site did warn, “If you attempt to purchase tickets from an online ticket reseller prior to February 12th they are likely to be counterfeit.”
Bill Kreutzmann said in a statement, “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 Grateful Dead always played improvisational music that was born in the moment and we plan on doing the same this round.”
Fellow bandmate 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.”
Since Jerry Garcia passing in August of 1995 the rest of the Grateful Dead have gotten together and played a few times. Weir, Lesh, Hart and Hornsby toured as The Other Ones in 1998 and Weir, Lesh and Hart reunited for an Obama benefit in 2008. This paved the way for the formal Grateful Dead tour with Kreutzmann in 2009. Since then, Lesh and Weir continued to tour together as Furthur. When Furthur announced their official break-up a few months ago, speculation about an official Grateful Dead reunion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band began to grow.