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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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The only thing I disagree with is Johnny be good encoure on night 3....IMO an abnoxious bob tune. Otherwise, send this in writing to the band...please!!! Oh by the way...you forgot loose Lucy and saint of circumstance
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The Music, soft notes ring through the air riding on the consciousness of the collective. The Gathering of Beautiful Souls entwined as one together dance in time, timeless in fashion. It is as if the clouds have descended from the sky and lifted us gently, for all seem to float on the dream that is the Grateful Dead. Together the music strengthens us to the core, soothes our every pain, and eases our broken souls. For the moment we are united in peace, and victory. Nothing can stop the flow of blood through our veins. Rushing as a river, our adrenaline is combining with those around us, with all in attendance. We look around and see the light, it is shining like a beacon, it calls our name, come to me it says, listen to me, love, peace dance with me. Like no other the Beauty is Blinding, efficient and everlasting. The Music never stops.....Forever is this dream, it will surely never fade away and the light will surely always burn bright in those who believe. God Bless the Grateful Dead and Thank you for all you've given us.....You have forged an eternal chain on Earth that will forever remain Unbroken........ MD Let Love and Peace forever flourish....Remember the Music Never Stopped...Its who we are and what we live for......
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Thank you gdtrfb101. Your poetry has, at least briefly, reminded us of why we're all so hopeful of joining together for a last celebration in Chicago. But more than that, you've managed to transcend time in a way allows even those of us who may not get to Chicago this summer the chance to merge with the Grateful Dead tribe independently of clock and calendar to remember/experience/anticipate the music, the rhythm, the magic, that have always bound us together. In the quiet of this Sunday morning I now notice that a welcome cool dusk is spreading over Soldier Field and the music has already begun to wrap us in its transcendent tapestry. I may or may not be there in July, but it doesn't matter as much any more – thanks to your reverie, I am already there!
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all i see is positive in these shows in chicago.the grateful dead and the grateful dead organization have been a class act for 50 fucking years.what an impact on the world.a great way to put her to rest.thanks trixie garcia and everyone else who helped make this 4th of july weekend at soldier field happen.
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I have no interest in going to these shows - to each his own, but reading some of these posts is really depressing. There are some truly diehard deadheads here and they are waiting for what is described as "pink slips" to their mail-order requests? Disgusting - especially when you think that the reason they are getting them is most likely because some corporate execs 18 year old son/daughter (who if asked "what is your favorite year?" would stare at you with a blank expression before nervously fiddling with their IPhone and ignoring you) is getting a ticket or that many tickets are being shuffled to secondary markets and/or packaged in 10k golden circle deals. Meanwhile the true deadheads wait without rhyme or reason for a denial letter to the supposed celebration of their musical utopia. Sad really.
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great comment mpace, I completely agree." It's better to burn out, than fade away" and that is just what this is, a whimper, fade away into the night like a bunch of old ladies.Lol at one post, believe me, if you go the secondary market, they will NOT use a rubber, lofl After the ticketmaster sale, if I score tickets, they will be up for sale on ebay to the highest bidder, cause I wouldn't be caught "dead" in Chicago on this weekend. Hoping to buy a new car. lol
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I appreciate the compliments....The music is why we are who we are....The experiences and life lessons learned I had on the road following the boys will last forever in my soul, and are imparted into the very fabric of my being..Friends and Family were brought together for Eternity.....The Music is the base.....The foundation if I may say to Who I am and What I've become in life....I like to think that way about all who experienced the magic of the Grateful Dead....And I for one know that Tickets or No Tickets...I am and Will Be forever Grateful for all that the Boys have given to me.....
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Some of these comments are simply amazing. There are many avenues to get inside on 7/3, 7/4, or 7/5. Ticket(bast@rd)master. Scalper scum. The "secondary" market. Trade. This is just another tough ticket. Not impossible, and not cost-prohibitive in 2015 dollars. Jerry on Broadway was tough, too, but I got in a few nights. I would relish the chance to go in on Saturday and Sunday. Yay, 2/28/15 !!! I don't live anywhere near Illinois, but I'm on the fence about heading to Chicago without tickets. I won't gate crash, per se, but I'd be willing to sneak in if somebody held open a gate !! Peace, and quit raining on the parade.
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...…..we all get that you seem to enjoy sharing your negative opinions on this site but for the love of god…..give it a rest! Go for a walk…..watch a sunset…..go to your happy place if you have one. I have nothing but compassion for you but jesus h christ……your the one's that sound like a bunch of bitter old ladies with nothing left to live for….. (no disrespect to all you sisters out there). Makes me wonder what happened to you along the way? “If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.” ~Eldridge Cleaver Peace out.
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Peaks head this is a discussion board right? I mean we are free to discuss topics here without having to deal with being attacked for just having a difference of opinion, right? I'm glad you are able to go, if thats what you would like to do - awesome, more power to you, but you cannot deny that this whole thing just reeks of corporate cash grab disguised as a feel good send off - from what is reported in many circles the band really doesn't like each other any more and the organizer is known to charge fans like he is a sports agent trying to land his player an obscene contract. Plus a send off of what? Jerry is dead, the Grateful Dead are no more and many think that ended years before he died. In regards to quality of the music - I saw the Dead in '09 I believe it was, and it was not very good. I was charged an arm and a leg for nose bleed tickets just to here misplaced songs, very little playing together, and the drumming was slow. - I cannot imagine it would be better years later and at a higher price. Finally, check out the GD movie for the part of the two deadheads with the differing opinion of I think it was of people in the movie getting paid - the topic is not important but what is is the way they talked. They didn't snip at each other like little children or be passive aggressive by saying peace after they were done. They simply talked it over and agreed to disagree. I think its all about people sharing ideas - many differing - about a band they enjoy listening to very much - and this is a discussion board to do that. If not, whats the point of this board, just advertising?
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Waiting for the verdict on mail order is like the end of the Slipknot transition...the tension building is boiling over with excitement- I just hope this tune resolves with tickets in my mailbox! No rejection yet....Connecticut. 1/20 postmark. No artwork, just "please pick me :)". Four 7/4 95.50, Four 7/5 215.50 with split MO (95.50). Separate $25 Fedex. (I think those were the prices- I know I had them right when I sent them.) I haven't been this excited for a show in decades.
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......For some its been dead since the summer of love, for others since Pig left the scene. For some others its anything after the 70's. For many it has ceased to exist post Jerry. Others find the magic where and when they can in whatever form it takes. One size does not fit all. Nothing stays the same. Discussion board yes. Difference in opinions…..I'm fine with that. No disrespect meant. Just tired of all the negativity and its bringing me down man…..its harshing my mellow. Call me stranger but to me this seems like a moment to celebrate….despite all the warts. For all the years and all the magic…..to celebrate the music and the tribe. Its been a while…..20 years…..but I seem to recall thats what the whole trip was about in the first place. And of course it doesn't matter if you are in the band or not…..we are all part of it and equally responsible for it. So why not make the trip as positive as we can? Perhaps it comes down to whether one is a glass half empty, or glass half full sort of chap? Perhaps I just need a break from ye ole discussion board…… Rock on, drop in……or tune out & retire to where the grass is greener. Wait a minute…..didn't Jerry say something about the grass ain't greener, the wine ain't sweeter…….where? Just Rambling on….. Peace.
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To complain about this being a corporate cash grab and then state that one would buy tickets just to sell them, taking then away at face from someone who wants to go almost seems worst to me than your complaint. If you're not joking that's just f@cked up, if you are joking that's not material that should stay in rotation. To assume that the only ones getting tickets are 18 year old rich kids is shortsighted and shows that you are out of touch with the current income inequality here in the US. Yeah, there are very young execs but there's like 20 of them at most and there are 60,000 tickets each night. I'm in my early 30's with 2 post graduate degrees, massive debt to pay for it and little to no spare cash ever. I make what you probably did when you graduated high school. When many middle class graduated in your time (especially if your white and male) you most likely got handed a job that with the same pay could support a family of four without trying, buy a house and do it on a bachelors degrees or less. I grew up in a family of deadheads and was raised with the music from the womb. I don't like people stealin' my face value right off my head. Especially when they state they have no reason to attend the show. Not trying to pick a fight or stir up the pot, but come on at least be pleasant to others for the 50th. Cheers not jeers! Like deadreackoning quoted the grass ain't greener either side of the hill.
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"I don't know, but I been told/ If the horse don't pull you got to carry the load"--New Speedway Boogie"And it's just a box of rain, I don't know who put it there..."--Box of Rain "I don't know, maybe it was the roses"--It Must Have Been the Roses "Life may be sweeter for this, I don't know"--Crazy Fingers "I don't know now, I just don't know/If I'm goin' back again."--Cumberland Blues "Goes to show, you don't ever know..."--Deal "I don't know, don't really care..."--Ripple "Gonna get there, I don't know"--Row Jimmy "I ain't preachin', cause I don't know..."--Walk in the Sunshine "Sure don't know what I'm goin' for..." & "Never know now, just don't never know, no..."--Saint of Circumstance

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I gotta call you on the post you left.You state you have two post grad degrees but can't make a living. So what are your degrees in? Something marketable? Or did you go Philosophy or some kinda Art History ? I ask because my friends kids got degrees that are being sought after. Engineering= this kid started at $64K PhD in Pharmacological studies= $100K start Another kid just got a gig with the FAA as a Air traffic Controller. There's a lot of whinning about Income Inequality by people that in SOME cases are too damn lazy to do something with their lives. Too many people refuse to get an education and expect to live the high life on a job in fast food. I gotta call bullshit on this! The Dream is still available if you're willing to work for it. Yeah it may be harder today, but so what? That's the reality, deal with it. Being I don't know you, I'm not personally attacking you, only the words you left behind. But please, enough of the poor me crap. Get out there and make it happen, you know you can!
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Highly recommended. 1970 Interview: When asked about what spoiled the magical scene they had going on in the Haight in the Mid-60s, Jerry responds by saying: "Too many people to take care of and not enough people willing to do something. There were a lot of people there looking for a free ride; that's the death of any scene when you have more drag energy than you have forward-going energy." I have had occasional ideas of skepticism as well about many components of this whole thing, but like life, we just have to make the best of it and enjoy it the best we can in the short time we are here. This event will be an unprecedented reunion of long time friends, and a true celebration of the music, the scene, the idea, the phenomenon, and much more magical stuff that our little imaginative brains can be open to.... Don't tell this town ain't got no heart....
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Direwolf - I'm sorry but I didn't understand what your point was. Yes I think its a corporate cash grab by both the corp that represents the players and the corp ticket companies/promotors who I believe "reorganize" ticket distributions into package deals and secondary markets to make extra money or secure profits at the expense of deadheads who can only pay face value (if that). The 18 year old comment is a semi serious joke meaning that true deadheads (like yourself) are charged more or not even given a chance to by a ticket because that ticket has been given or sold at a high rate to a presumably well off person or their family member who may have little knowledge or passion for the GD. For other comments - Yes this type of conversation is a downer but at some point you have to stand up for what is right and not just eat the spoiled food that is fed to you. I've said enough though so I will exit this conversation- I truly hope everyone that is going has a great time, just remember to save some money for this year's box set! What a shame it would be to spend money on this event and not have enough for music to listen to by the real band.
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Really, mpace. Evil rich people buying GD tickets not because they like the music but just to spite "true deadheads." Some conspiracy. Perhaps you should offer yourself up as the grand arbiter for GDTSTOO, and you can decide who's worthy of tickets; maybe a questionnaire for hopefuls to fill out? How many shows have you seen? Age, and if younger than X, please supply supplemental information justifying why YOU should be permitted. P.S. Please attach your 2013 tax return. Better yet, put on your spectacles and redirect yourself to a more appropriate forum (see above). Oh, do you not like being lumped into a stereotype? Glass houses and all that. I don't think I've ever actually met a mean deadhead before. Guess there's a first for everything...
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that's how we laugh the day away in the merry old land of...Gar's clip clip here, clip clip there some panties and a bra such a mean old 'head dirty old 'head well you should see polythene Jer he's so good looking but he looks like a bear actually, one time when I was watching VFTV 6/14/91, Jerry looked just a lion. No kidding. :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
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Sure, many people are not going to get tickets to these shows, but that is how it has always been-- other than free concerts. In my opinion, it is premature to suggest that Soldier Field is going to be invaded by a bunch of corporate non-fans. Tickets haven't even gone on sale via Ticketmaster yet! If you think it isn't going to be a bunch of Deadheads trying to get tickets that day, you are insane. It will be Heads and scalpers logging on 2/28 to get tix. Honestly, I appreciate the way they are handling the tickets situation. Mail order and Ticketmaster. Fill as much as you can with mail order and Ticketmaster has its allotment to sell. The only way it could have been handled better is if they did more shows in other areas to lessen demand, but that isn't happening. This is it-- 3 shows, if you get lucky and receive tickets, good on you. The higher end package deals, who knows how many of these will be available? I assume it is very limited. If people have the expendable cash to spend on it, they can do as they please. It is probably Deadheads doing it-- I don't see the casual fan dropping $500 or more a night. What I don't understand is folks raining on others' parade. If you are not into this series of concerts, why do you keep logging onto this page? Just to give people a hard time? Is this going to be like the Grateful Dead c. 1989, 79 or 69? Nope, but I hope to be able to get together with the tribe one more time and thank the living boys for the joy they have given me. And they will play fine shows, to boot.
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Well Said Estimated-Eyes...May the Four Winds Blow us all Safely to Chicago.....Peace
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Agreed, If It wasn't for all the rain on the parade, I'd be mildly amused at all the comments on ticket sales. This whole topic has been going on for years and years (how GDTS pick the mail orders, how they decide priority..etc) I seem to remember that it was Parking lot fodder for many shows, maybe since there was no internet back then it didn't seem as extreme. Make the effort, good things will happen. Still enjoying the delicious anticipation.
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How do they usually inform those that DO get tickets? Do you just get a letter with your tickets one day and then you know you scored? Or are you notified somehow prior to actually receiving the tickets?
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I think they close with Stella Blue. I think I read that this was played at Jerry's funeral/memorial as well as at other past band member's memorials. All the years combined, they blend into a dream. Tru dat.
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I think in this case they are going to email folks, since they are going to send out hard tickets in Mar/Apr, they promised to notify everyone before the TM sale on the 28th. so the assumption is email.
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Hmm.. Bid you Goodnight or NFA? Black Muddy River came to mind but would doubt that it get played.
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fare you wellfare you well I love you more than words can tell listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock my soul it fits the theme of the event (although it is being called "fare thee well"...oops) and it will send us off, knowing that we have plenty of music to listen to as the years continue to combine. $20 says Brokedown. Come on boys and girls, and wager!!!
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Although it is hard to discount a Brokendown finale, I want to believe they wont be so obvious. My guess/wish is they will end on a never-heard-before jam coming out of Samson>NFA>We Can Run>Lovelight>NFA>New Jam...weeeeeeee!
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Won't buy back the beat of a heart grown coldSilvio, I gotta go Find out something only dead men know... Give what I got until I got no more I take what I get until I even the score You know I love you and furthermore When it's time to go you got an open door I can tell you fancy, I can tell you plain You give something up for everything you gain Since every pleasure's got an edge of pain Pay for your ticket and don't complain
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I won't slave for beggar's pay, likewise gold and jewelsBut I would slave to learn the way to sink your ship of fools Though I could not caution all, I still might warn a few Don't lend your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools
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No brainer - it's gotta be a Brokedown closer on Sunday night (probably a second and final encore). And if you want someone to wager against that Stolzfuz, you gotta give at least 10 to one odds!
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I am now hearing from friends that have had their ticket mail orders returned by mail with a letter that states that the order could not be filled due to "overwhelming response." Some of these friends have mail ordered tickets for many years. Has anyone received or have heard of anyone getting a similar letter? Has anyone received a positive ticket confirmation of any sort? NFA, Ed
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Having a harder time imagining what they would close with but like Dead Ants proposal that it be a new jam! That would truly speak to the music never stopping. Thinking more about what they will open with, couldn't be happier if it is Golden Road! Cumberland shortly after would be grately appreciated.
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...if the band's name will come first in Chicago, and puppet show last.
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NFA>crowd chant>Brokedown>AWBYGN But this is so obvious they'll probably do BabyBlue instead. Enjoy the shows folks, to all who make it. I can't wait to hear the tapes.
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Sorry if someone already mentioned this, but will there possibly be a live stream of the show? I wish I could make it out to Chicago, but it just isn't gonna happen for a 17 year-old workingman like myself... If I could at least gather some buddies and watch the stream I would feel less regret for missing. I know there are others who would appreciate!
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I'm guessing there will be some kind of live stream. Considering the cluster they're going through to get tickets distributed, I'd imagine any live stream announcement wouldn't come until early summer. This thing is going to be on PPV... It's going to be filmed out the ass and I'm sure they'll be glad to pocket a few extra coins. Which If I don't get tickets, I'll be paying :)
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Love the early and late 70's... And I've always been a huge Brent fan so for my money, the show that hits me is 4/01/90, https://archive.org/details/gd90-04-01.sbd.gorinsky.8512.sbeok.shnf I'd be just fine with that set list for the Chicago shows. Couple of the songs were on the Without a Net but that "Lay me down" is tops! And the encore, its gotta be Baby Blue... But looking at that set list, (minus Hey Jude) you can't say you'd be disappointed if the band hit us with that list. Shoot, I'd lose my mind at Candyman. Fun to wonder what Trey is digging up and I have a feeling it will be in spirit with the rest of us folks. Especially after hearing Bob play Althea on the Late show, I have high hopes for Chicago. The man sounded like hot fire!! About 142 days and counting :) Now, I just have to get them tickets!!
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