• January 15, 2015
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    Grateful Dead Original Members To Perform Together Again One Last Time

    Grateful Dead Original Members Reunite to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

    “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" at Chicago’s Soldier Field on July 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2015

    Marks the Grateful Dead Members' Final Performance Together

    Event information available at Dead50.net

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, the four original members — Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir — will reunite at Chicago's Soldier Field, nearly 20 years to the day of the last Grateful Dead concert, which took place at the same venue. “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" will occur over three nights on July 3, 4, and 5, 2015, marking the original members' last-ever performance together. The band will be joined by Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano). The group will perform two sets of music each night.

    Jerry Garcia's daughter Trixie Garcia announced the shows in an exclusive interview. You can check out her announcement here.

    Joining the original members of Grateful Dead are three musicians who have embodied the band’s spirit of musical innovation throughout their eclectic careers. Guitarist Trey Anastasio is best known for his work as the principal songwriter and lead guitarist for touring juggernaut Phish, but he has also found time to score and arrange music for orchestras and Broadway productions such as “Best Musical” TONY nominee ‘Hands on a Hardbody.’ Pianist Bruce Hornsby had already won the first of his three Grammy Awards when he first guested with Grateful Dead in 1988. Following the death of the band’s keyboard player Brent Mydland in 1990, Hornsby toured with the group into 1992, and he has maintained a collaborative relationship with its members ever since. Bay Area native and jazz keyboardist Jeff Chimenti joined Bob Weir’s Rat Dog in 1997, and has since worked on projects such as Phil Lesh & Friends, The Other Ones, The Dead, and Furthur.

    In the tradition of the original Grateful Dead Ticketing Mail Order, tickets will first be made available via a first-come, first-served mail order system. All additional ticketing information is available at Dead50.net.

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Grateful Dead Original Members Reunite to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

“Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" at Chicago’s Soldier Field on July 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2015

Marks the Grateful Dead Members' Final Performance Together

Event information available at Dead50.net

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, the four original members — Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir — will reunite at Chicago's Soldier Field, nearly 20 years to the day of the last Grateful Dead concert, which took place at the same venue. “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" will occur over three nights on July 3, 4, and 5, 2015, marking the original members' last-ever performance together. The band will be joined by Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano). The group will perform two sets of music each night.

Jerry Garcia's daughter Trixie Garcia announced the shows in an exclusive interview. You can check out her announcement here.

Joining the original members of Grateful Dead are three musicians who have embodied the band’s spirit of musical innovation throughout their eclectic careers. Guitarist Trey Anastasio is best known for his work as the principal songwriter and lead guitarist for touring juggernaut Phish, but he has also found time to score and arrange music for orchestras and Broadway productions such as “Best Musical” TONY nominee ‘Hands on a Hardbody.’ Pianist Bruce Hornsby had already won the first of his three Grammy Awards when he first guested with Grateful Dead in 1988. Following the death of the band’s keyboard player Brent Mydland in 1990, Hornsby toured with the group into 1992, and he has maintained a collaborative relationship with its members ever since. Bay Area native and jazz keyboardist Jeff Chimenti joined Bob Weir’s Rat Dog in 1997, and has since worked on projects such as Phil Lesh & Friends, The Other Ones, The Dead, and Furthur.

In the tradition of the original Grateful Dead Ticketing Mail Order, tickets will first be made available via a first-come, first-served mail order system. All additional ticketing information is available at Dead50.net.

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TALKIN' ABOUT "FARE THEE WELL: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF GRATEFUL DEAD"

“I have a feeling this will come out just right. Can’t wait to find out…HERE WE GO!” - Mickey Hart

"The Grateful Dead lived an incredible musical story and now we get to write a whole new chapter. By celebrating our 50th, we get to cheer our past, but this isn't just about history. The Grateful Dead always played improvisational music that was born in the moment and we plan on doing the same this round." - Bill Kreutzmann

“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 Lesh "Wave that flag, wave it wide and high…"

"Lookin' forward to this one, oh boy, you bet. Let's see just how much fun we can have this 4th of July." - Bob Weir<

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My friend gor his rejection a while ago, deposited his Money Orders, and the phone system says that they are "not in the system". I'm srill in limbo and my MOs are "in the system". I'm pretty confident that means that they have not been cashed. Not sure what that means for my ticket chances, but I'm assuming the worst. If I get tickets tomorrow and then subsequently get mail order tix, they'll be sold at face value to one of you.
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I don't typically like to be negative, but this whole last concerts fiasco is turning out to be a pretty bad scene with all the changes, delays and odd choices. The fact that obscenely-priced travel packages were basically unavailable unless you managed to get on a crashed website within two minutes gives an indication of what to expect at the shows. Unfortunately it reminds me of some of the ugliness of the nineties that I had suppressed with the mellow vibe of endless live CD releases. I'm not even going to try to battle Ticketmaster for that golden nanosecond that might exist between scalper hackings. It's more a sign of the times than anything directly related to the Dead, but kind of sickening nonetheless. For those that got tickets, I hope I am wrong and will further hope that the people on this site that see the shows experience some magic.
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I don't even believe I received the email today, all three shows. All I can say is, I'm honestly shocked (and very happy). I never win anything and only had good seats for one of the shows I've seen over the years. I think the reason for all the negative comments about the ticket process boils down to the fact of only three shows. It doesn't seem fair a lot of heads who have supported the boys all these years won't be able to see them off. I feel bad for them, I do. Keep the faith for those still in limbo (I tried but deep down didn't give myself much of a chance). Can anyone tell me what the number listed in the heading of the email stands for?
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Lucky you. The number seems to be a tracking number for GDTSTOO. Can you please tell us what time the email was sent to you, and what state you live in? Thanks!
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It was sent this afternoon at 1:47 pm. Illinois.
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Been waiting patiently, quietly ,optimistically... bitter cold and crazy snow here ...every day singing a dead tune out loud at the mailbox before flinging it open...ready to accept the worst, but it hasn't come. Then allowing a little hope to creep in towards the end...Thinking a little bit more each day maybe we got lucky...and now to end up in limbo, the night before the public sale...no pink, no email, no money orders, nothing...SO HARSH and TRYING to keep hope...been visiting here and reading posts for moral support and info, just had to throw in with you all cause I can see everything I'm feeling being said here ...so I know you guys understand...If anyone is reading this from the ticket powers that be...please don't leave us all in limbo tonight...you know who we are. Good luck to all my fellow limbonauts..peace.
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Not sure what I was thinking when I did MO on 1/20...guess I thought it would be like the old days and the mere 2 tickets I was requesting would be filled!! I'm still holding out hope - flights purchased, hotel reservations made...just need the tickets!! Does anyone think we have a shot with TM tomorrow? My first Dead show was Englishtown NJ in 1977. Have seen them more than 100 times since...but this last run has been hard. Can't imagine not being in Chicago in July. Sorry for the whining...best of luck to everyone still waiting for what will hopefully be GOOD NEWS! Positive thoughts.
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Totally feel your pain and frustration Limbonaut. No email, no pinky in the mailbox. Hope they just let us know one way or the other. Today I started thinking that maybe my SASE ended up in the recycling pile weeks ago. Or did they even get my MO in January. Ugh. Second guessing is torture. Still holding out hope down here in Annapolis Maryland.
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ASL, wow Englishtown 77 your first show. Best Mississippi Half Step ever as far as I'm concerned. No news yet for me, no pinky or email, but I'm not going to mess with ticketmaster or scalpers. Just kind of hoping now to get the money orders back. Good luck to all and enjoy the shows if you get tix.
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Don't lose hope yet! Yes, Englishtown was an amazing day. Hard to believe so much time has passed. Best Peggy-O too! I could go on and on!
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That second set NFA truckin and Terrapin encore was epic at Englishtown, I remember it was hot as balls....thanks for the memory....good luck to you....and all heads with hope.... Just a little light.
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You totally get it ASL...I keep thinking maybe they can't read my email address or something...lol....And a little sympathy
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Working at my preschool today a kind looking deadheadish guy knocked on the door and as I was walking over to let him in, I talked myself into thinking he had come to track me down to tell me I had tickets and the email kept getting bounced back, amazing what lengths the brain can go to in attempts to keep the dream alive. He was just looking for work, wished him the best of luck, like the rest of you!
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I'm there! Mail only delivered once..random emails that are NOT about tickets all day..every ping on my phone makes me jump.
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Only song stuck in my head is, Soft Kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur...trying to sing ripple to get it out of my head but! On the other thread someone just said GDTS Too update, mail order over- checked the update, has been refreshed with today's date but no difference in message...
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Just want to say thank you!! I've managed to remain somewhat sane because of you, your comments, your insight and positive reinforcement. This is a bucket list check mark for me but I know many of you deserve to be there before me because of your dedication through out the years. The stars are aligned. Love & peace!! Hopefully our paths will cross (in chi town, baby!!)
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I was hoping for a miracle on 2/24 as it was my birthday... Traveled home and my wife handed me the letter which bummed me out before I even opened it.. Knew it was the pink slip of rejection. Oh well, will try for tickets this morning but not holding out much luck. great to see everyone's excitment on getting the emails and confirming their tickets.
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No email. No rejection letter. All three large USPS money orders "Do Not Match". All three smaller (price difference) USPS money orders "Do Match". It can't be random or meaningless. Why would that be the case? Anyway, guess we'll try TM this morning. Good luck to you all!! Upstate New York. Saturday Morning 2-28 0750.
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After you call that # and enter your money order info and it gives you the automated status, keep listening, there should be an option to Press 1 (or another #) to talk to someone...or if you call about the same money order a lot, people have been saying it will automatically send you over to a live person. If you paid the $6.10 per MO, there is a Bill # on the bottom of your receipt...when you do get a live person, give them that # and they can look it up. I paid to track mine Friday morning, they were able to tell me Friday afternoon...after I gave them the Bill#. Best of luck and positive vibes to everyone trying TM today!
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Are people still getting emails? The day is here...still no pink. Still no email. Dreading ticket master. Moving forward planning a trip to Chicago with or with out tickets. I need a miracle. Hanging onto hope. Best of luck to everyone here.
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Good Luck Deadheads....... Fill that inbox with a Ticketmaster confirmation..... Peace out......
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tm is a joke i called yesterday and they keep pushing people to the auotmated robot system i know ur allowed to call 5min before and wait.....but not if its the automated system i really wish the dead picked any other ticket vendor this one is stuck in the stone age....good luck to alll lets see how long before TM site crashes....sold out in 2mins im thinking
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Hope everyone that's been posting here gets tickets. Positive vibes to everyone.
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Keep on trying, don't give up. Just keep clicking. Give it at least 45 minutes, or even more. Buying on the Internet's like that portal in space, the tiny crack appears and disappears and reappears again in a different time and place. I would even try regularly in the first 4 hours of sales. Good luck out there, and don't give up. It's a hella big field, and the day is young yet.
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what a feeling, kinda like being in line back in the old days.......at least here we can relax with a smoke or whatever your favorite relaxer is. The Wheel is turning....
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15 minutes before on sale and their site is lagging like a byatch. Still gonna try however. Good luck to all!!!!!!
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thats right even tho im losing my mind i kinda liked it anyway lets do this!!! we will!!!
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on get tickets and just goes into a loop, anyone got lucky yet?
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CHICAGO HERE WE COME!!!! I just got two tickets in section 215 for Sunday night. I still haven't gotten a pinky or email... so actually hoping to sell these tickets if I end up with tickets from the mail order. If I do... I will be selling these here, not on craigslist. Sending the best of luck to you all.
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so much for ticketmaster, nothing, nada, zip...20 mins in and nothing happenin what a joke.
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One device 7 minutes. The other 25. And now my 7 minutes. Says high demand no tickets. Search again. Back to the end of virtual que. Same search. 1 ticket 45 minute wait. Ouch. I guess if the money is flowing. Mine is not so important. Same as I thought. World Cup déjà vu. At least I went to that event. Can't win em all
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Ticketmaster is overloaded. Trying again. Watching that loop go round and round. Scalpers will have a (Soldier's) Field day.
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A family reunion where most of the family can't go. Warms the heart. I saw the dead 285 times and I know no one who has gotten tickets. Big f'n fiasco.
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(2) 3-day passes for $400!they are partially obstructed, but my white ass will be in the stadium
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My friend ended up getting through in the phone que. We had to do onesies, twosies...but we were able to score four for each night....Wonder what happened to my mail order?
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Not that it matters at this point, but I wish they would have limited folks to 2 tickets and for one night only. Many more would have gotten to share the experience. Cherishing the memories of the last real show back in '95. In the attics of my life, full of cloudy dreams unreal. Full of tastes no tongue can know, and lights no one can see. When there was no one to hear, you sang to me.
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Only to be denied. Try, try again. The wait is ridiculous. And the posted wait time goes up and down. Really thought I was going to get tickets at the 2 minute mark. Major disappointment.
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Should have kept Furthur together so we didn't have to put up with this bullshit.
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Twice I got to 1 minute and then back up to 20 minutes....making me crazy
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OK - my friend is a head of a post office branch.. and the call in number we are all using 866-459-7822 is just to verify that your serial number is a real MO and not fradulant.. thats all it is.. he is baffled as to why people are saying the numbers dont match etc.. I tend to belive him as people that got tickets there still haveing numbers matched.. so since GDTS TOO has not put anything out at this point we dont want an annoucement we want them to fill our orders! In Jesus Name We Pray Amen
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Biggest cluster ever from these guys. They should be embarrassed. I love how Trixie is saying that Chicago is a central place for ALL the deadheads to gather. Uh....right. More like a place where an randomly elitist group can gather. Would it have killed them to do 6 more nights, 3 on WC and 3 on East Coast? Sheesh.
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My husband and I worked it for 1.5 hours. All tickets are gone. BOO! No pinky, no email. So sad. I already have hotel reservations. GDTSTOO is our only hope. Please keep posting if you get a new email.
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This man is bad news for West Coast Dead fans. None of his venues are West Coast (sorry, Vegas doesn't count), and his deals with Phil especially make it so that the only shows a West Coaster can see is at Terrapin, which is kind of a joke to get tickets to since it is so small. Chicago was his idea as well. If the alternative to Chicago was nothing, I almost think that would have been better than pissing of legions of loyal, money-spending fans who have now been cut off from what is a huge event for many fans. I just can't believe how badly things have been handled since the demise of Furthur - and even that was done poorly. Well, the Decemberists are playing at the Greek in May. Time to put energy into other bands and "communities"
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The amount of tickets available on Stub Hub has skyrocketed in the last hour... up to almost 2400 now. I guess that means a lot of folks who got Ticketmaster seats immediately put them up for sale. Kinda sad really....
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Can't get tickets...all general sales tickets gone in seconds..."last" show in Chicago...WTF...really??? Last show isn't in San Francisco????...they sold 60000 seats before anybody had a chance to even try. This Isn't about the last show...it's about the 30 million plus they will make just in ticket sales.
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Wife got in at 10:02 and two hours later after spinning with a 12 minute wait the entire time - thrown to Ticketmaster main page, no explanation. WTF! Jerry would be ashamed of the $$ making bull the remaining four just did! Total unadulterated crap! If all they wanted was the money - they did a fine job. Why isn't Bobby streaming the concerts? Isn't that his big thing now? It would seem like the ONLY thing to do if they CARED about their followers, especially the ones who got screwed because the four members made their deal with the ticket brokers first! Sad to be a fan for more than forty years! Nothing nice I can say about them anymore. Disgusting! Hopefully everyone will decide NOT to see ANY of them again!
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I hope the boys make more dates.. Can't believe that they would let this happen to Loyal Heads.. Disappointed in how these Ticket Broakers got sooooo many tickets, and are selling them for Sky High Prices 5x-8x higher than face value...
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If no one buys from stub hub, then what? I'm starting a campaign. DO NOT BUY TICKETS AT A RIDICULOUS PRICE! Who says the show will even be any good? You know it won't be better than that show you saw in say 87? Or 74. Two random years btw. Ticketmaster now says "few left"for each show. But can't get thru.
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They should have done a free concert in the middle of a National Forest. Ie. rainbow gatherings. That way the only ones who really wanted to be there, would be there. And thus eliminating scalpers and ensuring a truly counter culture event.
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    C_o_r_n
    5 years 8 months ago
    Hey man, hope you worked
    Hey man, hope you worked through this. I struggled with the same deal for the Dead and Co fall tour and found that things like Vivid Seats, stub hub, etc., all worked out fine. Geez, the aftermarket tix were sure expensive though. I wish folks would just sell their extra's at cost rather than get all greedy with the mark up. I'm definitely going to try to get the retail prices by planning ahead with this next go round.
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    olddeadheadtoo
    6 years 3 months ago
    my review
    wow, that Friday show was too much, and that Sunday show was out of this world, Trey really stepped up and showed all the negatives that he was the MAN. We want more, how about this Fare thee well, this year. Next year, weir back from the dead to blow your minds.
  • dethwort
    6 years 3 months ago
    Transcendental
    For a brief moment time seemed to stop and flow backwards. A life altering experience. GOD bless the Grateful Dead !!!