‘Fare Thee Well’ — that’s the name of the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary and final shows, where the four surviving band members will play three gigs in Chicago with Phish guitarist, Trey Anastasio.
Dead heads, get ready! In what will be the Grateful Dead‘s three final shows ever, Bob Weir, 67, Phil Lesh, 74, Mickey Hart, 71, and Bill Kreutzmann, 68, will be headed to Chicago’s Soldier Field July 3-5 to go out with a bang for “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead.” Better yet, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, 50, will be joining the legendary band on stage.
Grateful Dead Reunion: Band Will Play 50th Anniversary Shows With Trey Anastasio
What a bittersweet end! These last three shows played in honor of the band’s 50th anniversary will likely be the last of the four core playing together, Bob tells Billboard.
If you think playing in Chicago is just a coincidence, think again. The band is choosing to play their final shows in Chicago at Soldier Field because that was where their last performance with the late Jerry Garcia took place, before he died in August 1995.
“That’s why we’re doing it in Chicago,” the show’s producer Peter Shapiro says. “They’re the great American rock ‘n’ roll band returning to where it ended, 20 years later.”
Along with Trey, who is noted for his work with jam band Phish, keyboardist Bruce Hornsby will also take the stage with the band. Bruce played gigs with the Dead in the ’80s and ’90s.
“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,” Phil says. “Wave that flag, wave it wide and high…”
The Grateful Dead and Phish have drawn major comparisons to one another, and Trey is honored to be working with them. He speaks very highly of Jerry, calling him “a great American master” and the Dead “a genuine and important part of American history.”
“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,” says Phil.
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— Julianne Ishler