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Grateful Dead Original Members Add Two Dates To Final Concerts

April 10, 2015

The original members of Grateful Dead have announced two additional shows at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on June 27th and 28th, as part of their “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” run. Along with the three shows at Chicago's Soldier Field on July 3rd, 4th, and 5th, the run will mark the original members' last-ever performances toget

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Stella I love you!!!!!!
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This second set has been terrific. An homage to Jerry. Bobby working so hard and Trey playing great. Phil driving it with Bill and Mickey. Nice vocals by Bruce. Drums great tonight, but my favorite so far is still Bird Song. Stella Blue was special and here it is One More Sat. Night. Encore?
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Great setlist, for sure. No complaints at all. And Cumberland is the only repeat thus far. Just wondering: Where are the Dylan tunes? And the Chuck Berry tunes, for that matter. Maybe they figured there were enough Dead tunes in the catalog, and limited time. But, Bobby used to own Desolation Row. Would be nice to hear again. Anyway, so far so great.
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Agree. Let me say right now bob or phil or Trey or bill or whoever the fuck says what the shit better put some Dylan in there!!! Other than that you guys are doing us dead heads wonders!! Love u Grateful Dead!!
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The boys were burning it up again last night !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!It brings me to tears to think that these guys are hanging it up after this run. In retrospect, if things were different, they could have done something like this for the last 10-20 years..................Jerry would approve. One more to go gang.
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Terrific find! Quite moving. No better way to demonstrate that, indeed, WE ARE EVERYWHERE!
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You just made me cry. That was beautiful
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Yes, by all means lets argue about whether it's really the last Dead set--but first, it's 10:20 in Chicago, I suspect at least the first set is finished. Would someone be kind enough to post it? Thanks!
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Set 1China->Rider Estimated Built to Last(Trey was great!) Sampson & Delilah ...can't remember the rest.Ooops. I'll get back to ya.......... Mountains of the Moon a first set Throwin' Stones! Sorry folks,in one capacity my brain is finely tuned and humming right along.In another capacity it's kinda sputtering and shorting out... keyboard is rebelling against me or my eyeballs or my motor skills. or all three. and I bid you goodnight :)
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jrf68: thanks for putting up what your battered and tattered senses could remember. "Let's all come back here again, every now and then"… I think this is what they played: I. China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider Estimated Prophet Built to Last Samson and Delilah Mountains of the Moon Throwing Stones (fireworks display) II. Truckin’ Cassidy Althea Terrapin Station Drums/Space Unbroken Chain Days Between Not Fade Away (audience continued NFA coda until the band returned for the first encore) E1: Touch of Gray E2: Attics of My Life (I don’t know where the song breaks come in the second set. I wonder how much time they spent choosing Attics of My Life as the capstone — brilliant!
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Thank you everyone involved with this incredible show this weekend,. We had the time of our lives, met some awesome people.Sorry to see it end ,but thanks for the memories. God bless you all.
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Majestic - Way to knock it out of the park. I have closure now and a final recharge that will last me until the 4 winds blow me home. Thank You to everyone involved, these last 3 shows were fantastic in every aspect. Be Kind

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Ok so last night during Attics, when the pictures of band members where displayed on te screens, I realize now, we saw Pig and Brent, and Vince, but I don't recall one picture of Keith or Donna. Did I miss that? I thought the show was very good. I saw in here at a PPV in the theatre with about 35 other folks. Dancing in the aisles, and generally having a wonderful time. I loved how Mickey left it............Be Kind. I will do my best to honor the request!
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Well, so much for guessing the guests - a big "nada!" I had been hoping for Donna Jean on a couple tunes and at least a cameo by Robert Hunter, but I guess this really was all about the "core four." Needless to say, no one guessed "zero" and "nobody," so I'll roll the prize(s) over to another contest in the future. So, farewell to "Fare Thee Well." Some great moments in those 5 shows. In the meantime, life goes on. And the music never stopped.
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What an excellent weekend. Beautiful weather all three days, the lot was a rocking like times of old, and the boys+Trey did not disappoint. I am kind of surprised at some of the song choices for the final show. There was no Brent song, no Iko at any show, no real pigpen song, even a Bobby cover like Good Morning Little School Girl or Good Loving (Yes, I am aware they did Lovelight) and as much as I enjoyed the Attics of My Life (Yes, I too noticed no Donna or Keith, but I didn't watch it all) I am a bit shocked they didn't do Going Down the Road into a We Bid You Goodnight. It felt very much like those classic late 80's shows with the amount of people crammed on the floor last night. I miss Jerry, but this was close enough to pretend. Bye everyone, and happy, peaceful journeys as our tiny ball of blue traverses the cosmos.
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Is it the End or just a Beginning? Be Kind
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And equally thankful... Thank you Grateful Dead for filling the first 38 of my 55 years with song. Thank you for three tremendous FTW's in Chicago. Each night special and memorable. Thank you to Dead.net, Mary, and all the folks behinds the scenes here. Thank you to Elvis and the good folks at GDTS. Thank you to my incredible Sunshine Daydreamer family. And thank you for my wife for living through this entire journey. Micky said it best with his message last night - be kind...be kind to one another. I'm all-in.
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pretty darn amazing, wasn't it?
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Glad its over. Last year I was looking forward to the 50th and then the train wreck left the station. Didn't even want to go and turned down way overpriced tickets 3 times. Listened to all the streams THANKS TAPERROB! and glad I didn't go although a lot music was GOOD, a little bit was even GREAT! The people I know that were at the show that never saw the GD thought it was awesome! My tour buddies from the old days were 50-50. At best they thought it was OK and the rest said it wasn't like the old days in any form, shape or fashion.I hope everybody that went had a great time and enjoyed themselves. I cant wait to go see the GD cover bands like Phil and Friends, Ratdog and or whatever... I just hope they don't turn into a Beatles cover band like Furthur did for awhile! Hopefully I can FTW now in the way FTW should be! Peace ChesterC and Truckineric and all you little zoners out there!!!!
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I had such a wonderful time being with my wife, daughter and son-in-law. Memories for life. Met so many wonderful people. A BIG SHOUT OUT to the guy who carried the wheel chair bound female head down the stairs on his back and to the people who carried the wheel chair. They didn't even know her! Also to the many heads to clapped for them! It's stuff like that that takes the sting out of seat location and "my"songs I wish would have been played. As we get back to our lives we need to remember to be kind always. I'm going to miss you Heads but I know your out there.
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Been on the bus 40 years myself and do put any doubt to rest, these were not only truly Grateful Dead shows but some of the finest shows I have ever seen. God Bless the Good Ol' Grateful Dead and all my brothers and sisters. It was my son's first show and he loves music but he has never seen what the power of music can really do and he was overwhelmed. That's what this ride has been all about. There was so much closure as well. Starting with Touch of Gray in 95 and using it as the Encore was perfect. But since Box of Rain was the last song at the last show with Jerry, it was so fitting to start with that on Friday. Many other examples abound - the choices were perfect. If I can get the mixed tears out of my eyes long enough I might chime in some more but it's been a hell of a bucket ride. Be Kind
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WOW What a weekend! What a TRIP! I must say I am very proud of all you Heads out there. In a world that is so filled of troubled times, This weekend I experienced so much love and friendship. I love you ALL. As Mickey and the Boys said Be Kind and keep this trip ALIVE forever Chuck
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Does anyone know where to purchase a GD50 hoodie like the one that Mickey was wearing in the July 3rd show?
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I am also looking to buy a XXL 50th Anniversary Hoodie. Call or text me at 608-213-6958 or email me at Timlochner@hotmail.combif your willing to part with yours.
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sure is cool looking. I'm asking around, but so far the most specific info I have is that they were for sale at the concession stands at Levi's, so presumably at Soldier Field as well. Don't know who the source is, will post more if I find out.
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Does any head have an extra Friday program they could mail to me? I have the Sat and Sun ones but never got my hands on a Friday. Please PM me if you can help - happy to pay for any USPS shipping of course too - THANKS !!!
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tfonts - don't mean to laugh but too funny! Same thing happened to me lol So - Be Kind - and if there are two of you, let me know (tfonts first). A copy would suffice for me!
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We took our children to their first show last night, and it was a fantastic experience. We had so much fun, and created memories to last us our lifetimes. I stood in line to buy a concert poster, and ended up thinking I'd come back later (when my son had to use the bathroom:)). I never did get the poster - and am now a bit sick about it! Any way to still purchase any of the posters "post" show? (Without crazy crazy eBay prices?). Want to frame with prior years to celebrate the experience. Thanks for any leads :)
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I too would love to get that hoodie. They were initially for sale inside Levi's stadium. By the end of the 2 shows they were completely sold out. I checked the roaming merch trucks in Chicago, and they said they were only sold inside Soldier Field. I wasn't able to go to the Chicago shows, but " a friend of a friend" went, and said he couldn't find them inside. If you track one down, PLEASE let me know. They were originally $120.00 in the stadium. There is one on Ebay for just under $400! Dear Dead Merchandise...please issue more of these, they will sell!! Thanks
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I'm really glad so many of you folks liked the shows. Without going on a rant, I will only say I was disappointed at ALOT of the songs selected for these final shows, and the lack of energy in ALOT of the performances. A Dead Freak forever but these should have been better.
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're: MLB Stream. I was able to mirror from my kindle the first night of the five. It was beautiful, sound was just fine. Ahh.. Then (all of a sudden?) FAQ says no streaming from tablets. 'desktop only' Was this the case when we 'bought it?'
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're: MLB Stream. I was able to mirror from my kindle the first night of the five. It was beautiful, sound was just fine. Ahh.. Then (all of a sudden?) FAQ says no streaming from tablets. 'desktop only' Was this the case when we 'bought it?'
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're: MLB Stream. I was able to mirror from my kindle the first night of the five. It was beautiful, sound was just fine. Ahh.. Then (all of a sudden?) FAQ says no streaming from tablets. 'desktop only' Was this the case when we 'bought it?'
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On my way home from one of the most emotional and spiritual experiences I have ever had in my 40 years with this band and all of you. We all came together for 3 nights to dance together, get transported to a higher state of consciousness together, and to say goodbye together. We took care of each other like we have always done, hugged together and shared our stories. It was pure magic and the energy and electricity that we generated together was off the charts..thanks to my deadhead family and to the Dead for an incredible fare thee well. This was the real a Grateful Dead that we all know and love... Take it with you, hold it dear and ...be kind.
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I bought one of the hoodies and I will tel you, as a guy who wears an XL t-shirt, I had to upsize to an incredible 4x for it to "fit loosely and properly. SO be careful, they're way under sized. There's also an ad on Sat nights program (p. 22) for a web site that goes up on 7/13: www.faretheewellmerch.com G'luck !!
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Im searching for one too.
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Thanks for the info.
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The GD experience has always been more than just the music. Then: When I couldn't afford a ticket to see the JGB at the Catalyst in 1982, they offered me a job as an usher as long as I could show up in a coat & tie. They referred me to a nearby thrift store where I purchased my required garb for 35 cents. So cool of the venue and the band to hire me for two shows plus an invite to usher Merle Haggard the following night. Now: It hurts me too to see the boys say fare thee well, especially at such a large venue. Sure, I will pay the asking price but I truly cannot afford it, but I will always remember it. Oh, BTW -- Where is Donna Jean?
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Well said brother, One of the greatest things is knowing there really are others in the world that think like us and share our passion. If I Had The World To Give....
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Attended all three shows in Chicago and they we amazing. The vibe outside the arena and inside was special. There is nothing like a Grateful Dead show or their fans. We cover the gambit from young to old and we all have an unlimited devotion to the band. Today I was very sad at the thought that I will never experience such an event again but feel fortunate to have been part of it. Wish they had played a Chuck Berry song or two but that is being picky. The only real issue I had was with the security and ushers (if that is what you called them). None of them knew anything about the stadium and provided little or no help. I was on crutches and they kept send me and others in wheelchairs to dead ends. There was no assistance helping us get out. The long walk out of the campus was a killer for me. Fortunately, my fellow Deadheads were with me and helped lift my spirits.
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@in_2_it_2: Today was tough for me too. I'm really going to miss the party that is a Grateful Dead show. Nothing compares. Thank God they gave us the five shows over the past week and I got to three of them. I was also wondering about Donna Jean. Would have been nice to have her out for one song for all us late 70's Deadheads.
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I went with no expectations except to have a good time and that was accomplished.Santa Clara on Sat was enjoyable for many reasons including sharing it with my family and friends. All 3 soldier field shows I was solo and front row center, being able to watch these guys that close is amazing and something I never get enough of. I was lucky enough to score a pass that got me into the stadium very early and saw most the sat and sun sound checks, I can't tell you how special those moments were as there were only 5-10 people watching along with staff and security. I plan to post some video but I did not take much and it did not seem like the thing to do. I was capturing the moment. My wife suggested I share so here I am.
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I am proud to be a part of this Visionary Journey since 1972. Bringing me places, i would never have anticipated in a trillion year's, scanning the entire Planetary Atmosphere and then safely returning as a new born baby with a gleaming smile on my face. For the past 43 year's, i have been riding the Greatest Wave that ever hit this beloved earth. To be a Dead Head is to be enlightened with infinite wisdom that penetrate's your entire inner being, forming a spiritual attraction to other's of like mind who all have one common denominator. A sound like no other, born into being by the Star's, from a bunch of boy's with a passion to drive it into oblivion. "God Bless The Grateful Dead, and to the best and kindest people i know, the Dead Head's, The Chosen One's, the Children of God, the Generation of Love. From San Fransisco to Soldier Field, 53 year's later, we put to rest, one of our own, honoring our beloved hero, Jerome Garcia, the leader of Uncle John's Band. To say we miss you, is an understatement, It will never be the same. I will tell my story someday when i am 90, of how i danced and sang! Of driving all night with my best friend halfway across the United States to Red Rocks, Colorado and witness The Wall of Sound, or to just driving over to the Keystone in Berkeley and for $5, standing one foot away, watching Jerry, in awe, play the best steel guitar, with Merl Saunders, and the Legion of Mary. To the closing of Winterland, Bill Graham, Alpine Valley, the Avalon Ballroom, Fillmore West, Golden Gate Park with free concert's on a Sunday, Buffalo, Greek Theatre, Bob Dylan and the Dead, i could go on forever. For everyone who made last night a reality, I thank you, you gave me peace, and reminded me once again, how Great, The Grateful Dead really are. May God Bless You All. I cannot thank you enough. woo, woo, well i want to know, is are you kind
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