The Grateful Dead’s surviving members have confirmed two new farewell concerts
The surviving members of the Grateful Dead have made official a highly buzzed-about plan to perform two concerts in Santa Clara, Calif., before the band’s three already announced “Fare Thee Well” stints July 3, 4 and 5 at Chicago’s Soldier Field. The California shows will happen June 27 and 28 at Levi’s Stadium.
Just like with the Chicago run, the California shows will see Grateful Dead singer and guitarist Bob Weir, bass player Phil Lesh and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart performing alongside former Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby, Phish’s Trey Anastasio and Rat Dog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. Ticket requests for the California shows are being taken now through 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday (April 14) via Dead50.net.
“Since we made the decision to go back to Chicago to say our final goodbye, it has become clear to us that we first need to return to our beginnings, where we first said hello — to each other and to all of you…And so it is that we have decided to plug in for two additional shows…in Santa Clara,” stated Weir, Lesh, Kreutzmann and Hart in a joint statement to fans.
This is it, though. The message goes on to state the Grateful Dead “will not be adding any more Fare Thee Well performances. The three Chicago shows will still be our final stand.” The band also stated they have put together an online mail order system for tickets in hopes to deter any scalping activities for the California concerts.
The Dead band members concluded, “We love you guys more than words can tell, and hope to see you in the Bay Area or Chicago. If you can’t make it to the shows, we are working on ways for you to still experience our Fare Thee Well, from wherever you might be.”