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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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Went to all 5 shows and enjoyed them all.Far from perfect but so were most of the 150+ shows I saw with Jerry. Crowds were great in both cities with people looking after each other "ALWAYS A HOOT"!
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Amen to this great post! Am still driving home as I write and still meeting deadheads every time we stop. They all have smiles and utter the same words....MAGIC!
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Thanks for the kind words doctor!! The music is what bonds us and I will forever be Gratefulto this band and the community they created...When we are all together as we were in Chicago the electricity and the energy we create is undeniable...those of us who are fortunate enough to have experienced it will hold it with us as we go forward from this Fare thee well. Being a deadhead for the major part of my life has made me who I am. Thanks to my wife and kids and family and friends and all of you who are all the bus with me....be kind and pass this music a and the deadhead vibe on! Peace Jeff
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Thanks to all the folks that made this such a special and memorable weekend. I'm grateful we were a part of it. Going home going home By the waterside I will rest my bones Listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock my soul Peace
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To the owners of Sect. 110, Row 17, Seats 1 & 2 -- we hope you were where you wanted to be, because we very much enjoyed your seats for the second sets Saturday AND Sunday. Our seats were waaaaay up there, and while it was an interesting perspective (the fireworks on Sunday were fabulous), and the company was loving and kind, the sound was not the best. But, thanks to you, we got the best of both worlds. We hope your absence was a positive thing for you. Gratefully, Section 445, Row 34, Seats 24 and 25.
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WOW! I got dropped into the scene on Sunday night to see one of the greatest musical experiences of my life. The vibe was both mythical & magical. The sound was fantastic. Upon entering the stadium I never once left my seat, hanging on to each and every note throughout the show. I am 43- right in between the Dead/Phish era. This experience far exceeded my expectations, and like most of us, I have high standards for the sound and the scene. It was simply incredible. Thanks for making it SO special. I wish I could have gotten a T-Shirt, but I refused to leave my seat and step away from that magical vibe. Sunday night's memory will NEVER Fade Away! Keep on Keepin' ON Huff
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As with all things Dead there will be a mix of opinions - song choices, how they were delivered, etc. None of the shows was perfect, there were missed cues in all of them but I don't think I've ever been to a show where that didn't happen and I started going to shows in '68... These five shows were an amazing gift to us. I know a lot of people didn't care for the Days Between - but it was PERFECTLY PLACED as far as I am concerned. The last great composition of Hunter/Garcia. The world is not all flashy high stepping - reflection is also a huge part of the Dead's legacy and that is the ultimately reflective song... and Jerry's last. So - thank you all so much, especially the folks at GDTS who took such abuse for trying so hard to make everything magical. You did it for us and we are forever grateful! fare the well...
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That was an amazing three nights and ones that will remain with me till the end of my days. To me, night one was strongest-- truly not a weak link in that setlist and it smoked. The Help/Slipknot/Franklin's Tower to close was simply amazing. Having seen many fine shows over the past 30 years (GD, Clapton, Stones, myriad blues artists), that night ranks up near the top for live events I have attended. Some of it is that so many circumstances fell into place to make the entire night perfect-- and then the music made it ever more perfect. Night two highlights: Standing on the Moon, not one of my favorites, was delivered beautifully by Trey-- I had tears flowing the whole song. Golden Road was hot and Foolish Heart jammed. Trey really delivered all weekend-- big props to him. Night three was about delivering needed songs-- Estimated, China/Rider. Set two had a purpose-- songs about closure, togetherness and the sense of moving on. While the last two nights had a couple ballads I could have done without, I saw where they were going and enjoyed it. BTW, they did show Keith and Donna in the slide show. They did it a little awkwardly by transitioning from showing a bunch of random slides to all of a sudden showing each individual member. The crowd didn't realize it until Brent came up.
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So... Sitting here at the office on my first day back at work since the Chicago shows. First of all, it was one helluva weekend! While the music was always the priority for me, I'd forgotten the sense of community one can feel at a concert. The crowd for all three shows was into it, and they showed the love. I'll never forget the whole crowd singing "you know our love will not fade away" for the entire break between the end of NFA and until Phil came out prior to the 1st Encore. The atmosphere was electric inside the stadium every night. While I have been to MANY concerts and sporting events over the years, it dawned on me that I hadn't felt that feeling since... well... 20 years ago when I attended my last Grateful Dead show at RFK Stadium in 1995. I won't wax poetic about whether or not these were "great Grateful Dead shows" or not. I will simply say that I had a fabulous time. I thought Friday night's show was the strongest, followed by Sunday and then Saturday, but I enjoyed them all. And the 1st Set on Friday was REALLY good. How many times could you say after a GD show that the 1st Set was better than the 2nd Set (especially when the 2nd Set included a Scarlet>Fire AND a Help>Slipknot>Franklin's)? Personal highlights for me were: 1) opening with "Box of Rain" (after all, the end is the beginning, and the beginning is the end); 2) "Passenger"(!!??!!), which they nailed; 3) Scarlet>Fire; 4) encoring with "Ripple" on Friday night; 5) "Shakedown Street" and "Deal" to bookend the 1st Set on Saturday; 6) "The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)... Are you kidding me?!!?; 7) a really beautiful "Stella Blue"; 8) Trey singing "Althea"; and 10) a very fitting, and haunting "Days Between". I'm not a big Phish fan... I like some of their stuff, but I've never really been into them. But for anyone who was/is/or will be negative about the selection of Trey... they can kiss it, because I thought he was fantastic!! His enthusiasm alone was great, but I thought he really shined through and he should be proud of the performances he gave. All-in-all, it was a fantastic experience. I'm so glad I went. It was closure to a certain degree, but man was it a good party! See you all down the road. Be kind.
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I went to Chicago with a guy who I saw the most Dead shows with over the years. I first saw the boys in 1984 at Pine Knob and my last show was at the Omni in 1995. I thought the guys did a tremendous job in putting together great setlists for each show. They only repeated Cumberland Blues and Truckin' during the 5 shows. I thought the final night in Chicago was amazingly strong and the atmosphere was unbelievable. China->Rider opener into a great Estimated! I was always a fan of Built to Last and they did the song justice. We got a Sunday song with Samson followed by a well-jammed Mountains Of The Moon. Throwing Stones was over the top to close the first set. The fireworks at intermission was very cool and lasted about 10 minutes. I heard Miracle in the opening notes for the 1st song of the second set, but got the last Truckin! Thank You, BOYS!!! Everyone was waiting for Terrapin and Trey played not only extremely well on it, but he did a very admirable job every night. I am not a Phish fan, but I have always liked his guitar work. Unbroken Chain never caught fire, but it was great to see them do it for the last show. I will say I never cared for The Days Between and I wish we got something else there, but to each their own. The great part of being a Deadhead is that we all have our favorites (and a selected few we do not want to hear). Not Fade Away was needed and outstanding. Thanks for the acoustic Attics to end the run! Love ya!
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I went to see the 'Live' cinema show on Monday 6th at Star City, Birmingham, UK and it was wonderful! Only thing was - there were only 6 of us in the audience! I didn't understand at all as when I saw the Ratdog concert in nearby Bilston, there were plenty of folks. Can anyone tell me why there was so few at Birmingham? Thanks to everyone who arranged the showing of the concert so far away, it was amazing to see all those thousands of people :)
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Looking at shots of the sea of Heads made me reflect upon the idea that when in "the mystical state some individuals can at times massively regress (progress?) to a condition of de-individuation, to the 'oceanic feeling' in which Self and Not-Self are one in pantheistic harmony and union." - Weston La Barre; The Ghost Dance
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It hit me hard today at work, the withdrawal pain! The only positive thing about a show ending was that there always would be another one sometime. So used to waiting for the next show. I'm so glad I got on the bus and it's never going to be parked as far as I'm concerned. Thank you boys for more than just the music, thank you GDTS for my tickets (even though they were nosebleeds), thank you for all the great people I met over the years that made great memories for me (even those whose names I never caught), gonna miss the lots! I guess I just wanted to say I'm grateful and THANK YOU ALL. You will be missed.
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I scored 7/4 on the lot (cart path, I guess......by the marina), so me and Mrs. P saw Saturday and Sunday. Well done, men. Thank you Bob, Billy, Mickey, Bruce, Jeff, Trey and Phil. You played and sounded great. Wife had never seen the Grateful Dead. Her favorite of the weekend: Days Between. I got on the bus in '83, first shows 11/7/85 and 11/8/85. Last show Father's Day 1995 in Giants-no comment needed there. My favorite of the weekend: Althea, I think. What a wonderful four days we spent in Chicago. It is easy to see why Shapiro et al picked this venue. Pretty good mass transit. Limited parking meant limited on site hassles for the band and promoter. As we recall, 93, 94, and 95 Shakedowns spiraled further into Lord of the Flies territory with each passing show. This weekend the vibe was laid back, a little tame even, but all the shopping and goods we needed and wanted were available. It appears to me that Mickey may have found some magic elixir or the Fountain of Youth; he looked as energetic and impishly deranged as ever. As Bob Seger sang, I saw "some old friends, good for the soul" from my touring days. What a trip that was. I never slept so comfortably after a show as this weekend. A four star hotel? Unheard of in the summers of the 80's ! I think I saw Dave Lemieux at a noodle bar just north of the river on Saturday afternoon, but I guess archivists and other fifty-ish Deadheads all look alike. We really did invade and swarm the city. That was pretty cool. More reflections later..... I have to mentally prepare myself to rejoin the work-a-day world tomorrow.
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Hi Susan - I've sent a PM which will help you hook up with other UK heads. I guess you saw Ratdog in 2002 or 2003 or both?? I caught them in 2002 in London. There is a summer of love festival.party at the end of July - a great place to be with other UK Deadheads.
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there were many more at other venues throughout the UK - which showed Sunday nights Chi town show at UK Monday evening time... U.K Deadheads & Fans of Grateful Dead EVERYWHERE !!! face book group has details :-) we are everywhere!
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Went to both SC shows-Magical!Watched all three Chicago shows with friends at home while texting with friends at the Chicago shows-Magical! Being a Deadhead for the last 26 years of my life-Magical! Thanks to all(~);) P.S. Two days from now is officially 20 years since last(Grateful Dead) show so play some Dead on Thursday everybody!!

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One of the best things all this has done for me, is to ignite my desire to play more live music. My guitars have been lonely. I am truly grateful to have the fire to play again.
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THANK THEE ONE AND ALL ,FROM THE BAND AND THE STAFF IN CALI TO THE TOWN OF CHICAGO IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL FOUR DAYS OF LOVE AND COMMUNITY,KEEP THAT LOVE IN OUR HEARTS AND NEVER LET IT GO.
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I am in possession of an extra Saturday program but did not get one for Friday. I will be willing to trade only my extra Saturday for a Friday program (not for sale). Can anyone help? Please PM me! Be Kind
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After Mickey Hart talked about his collaboration with top scientists on PBS, the network continued their coverage of all things Grateful Dead with a conversation featuring Bill Kreutzmann. Talking about a number of topics, perhaps what's most interesting is Kreutzmann's interest in adding more reunion shows. In the clip, Kreutzmann says "I would like it to do — to do it more. Between you and me and all your lovely fans, I would like to have a couple more shows on the East Coast... I want to do it for the fans again because we had such amazing support in the East Coast from Deadheads." He continued, saying, "They deserve concerts like everybody does." The "Grateful Dead" just wrapped a five-night concert run with two shows in Santa Clara, CA and three in Chicago, IL.
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I do not know if it will come to be but I think they will add few more to make the east coast crowd happy. So much for fare the well in Chicago. I would say 5 nights
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Thank you guys so much for these last shows!!!!!! I've never had a chance to see you live and unfortunately there was no way to get 2 tickets via this Ticketmaster (piece of s...) however I've could'nt believe my eyes when I saw the last show was in cinemas here in Germany! What a treat! so my girlfriend and I snuggled up in our seats with a couple of drinks and a puff and had awesome 3,5 hours! would have loved to fly over to get the atmosphere of a GD concert once but the cinema was better than nothing. Great Idea! Your music is the soundtrack of my life, peace out to all the other Deadheads out there and always remember....be kind
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I was wondering if anyone had an extra Friday program they would be willing to send me I will pay shipping or trade for, I have extras from Saturday and Sunday, Please PM me if you are interested. Thanks for the help
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Anybody out there that has pics of the pit for the Friday 7/3/15 show, I would really appreciate it if you could send them to me. My phone got trashed before I could download any of them. Any pics be it of the band and/or the crowd please.
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Hey NCDead please check your PM
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Hoping to find one of these hoodies they sold at the merch table in XL size. I also heard they were releasing all the official merchandise on this site next week but cant seem to find the exact date it's happening. What an amazing weekend but i failed to get this gear. any help appreceiated
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man the cubs really suck...cool to see all the heads at the game monday with the rain...jerry for surely smiled on us in chicago with amazing weather all weekend... monday got a little rainy and cold,tues as well.. overall my experience was dead...grateful dead.. no words can describe it!
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I have an extra Friday looking to trade for a Saturday. Chicago.
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As a long time and faithful deadhead, I must say that i knew very little about Trey prior to these 5 shows, watched the first two on the live youtube feed, which worked very well for me and I was able to transfer them to my home theater and watch the shows there. Also, lucky enough to have won the mail order lottery for Chicago, so my wife and i enjoyed those shows live in the perfect summer weather of Chicago. I am very impressed with Trey and have quickly become a fan, in my opinion he did and excellent job and fit in perfectly. I am interested in reading or watching, a post 5 show run interview to know his thoughts on the whole experience, if anyone knows where I may find such an interview I would greatly appreciate a link. All three show were certainly a lot of fun, I personally am hoping that they boys had so much fun that they may consider many more dates in the future. No reason to give it up now. Love the time we spent together, all of us. Jay
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I need a Saturday program. I have an extra Friday or Sunday to trade. Please PM if you can help. ⚡️
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Did you still need to trade for a program? I need a Saturday and have a Friday for you.
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I have an extra Friday looking to trade for a Sunday. Chicago
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I got home from Chicago and realized that my Sunday (7/5) mail order ticket got trashed in my luggage. My Friday and Saturday tickets survived, but I'm hoping to frame the three. I'm hoping that someone out there may have a spare.?.?.?.? If you've got an extra, please let me know.
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has a very nice Jerry Garcia special recommended
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I need a fri, you have an extra? were there 3 or 2 programs ?
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need a fri, did they print 2 or 3?
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I was at the Chicago Shows last weekend and i got a Friday and Sunday program but i am in search of a Saturday!!! if any one has an extra please let me know. i do have an extra Friday program if anyone wants to trade.
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i have an extra friday i will trade for a saturday
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Jerry Garcia plays live to his Gratefully Deadicated fans for the last time. 7-9-95 Chicago.⚡️⚡️⚡️Jerry!!!
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Could someone please direct me to a site that outlines the refund policy? I have looked and looked - can't find it. Thanks "Miss ya Jerry"
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I saw that Relix is giving away all 3 programs with a 2 year subscription. I was also wondering if anyone knows where an audience master of all the Fare Thee Well Shows might be downloaded from. thanks.
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agree 100%.Trey wowed me. I don't know who/how it could have been better. I'm glad he stepped out in Chicago...he seemed to hold back a bit in SC.
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