• 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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May have extras if my order was filled. All mo cashed.
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I was just replying to the other post that I called the USPS line around 5. Then I was checking the CID packages to figure out if that's an option but looks like the Workingman's Dead option disappeared. And I remember somebody saying this weeks ago but saw it just two days ago- thought I had refreshed the page?! Thanks for all the help, think I need to back up off it!
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Thanks Kctomato. Still in the system, but no letter, no Email. Keep the faith everyone. Hope to be dancin in the Streets with KC. Congrats dude
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Joke is a better word for it. I will have extras, of course you will have to answer fifty questions and write me a 500 word essay confirming your deadness. True deadheads? laughing my arse off.
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Not looking good. This event seems to be getting harder and harder to get a ticket for. It's been quite the whirlwind of emotions on this one. Kindof makes you question what the whole point is in getting so worked up about it.
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Unfortunately, my request for 2 tickets were rejected by the good people of GDSTOO. I would love to purchase 2 tix for all 3 days and would love to create a WIN/WIN for us both. Grateful for your news!
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No pink slip today and, as per my usual routine these days, I called the 866-459-7822 number to check the status of my MO's it kicked me to a live person at the USPS accounting help desk in St. Louis. I explained what I was trying to do and he was familiar with the situation. I told him about the "match" or "does not match" verification and he told me that this information is incorrect. I'm paraphrasing here but he said "match or doesn't match indicates nothing. All the posts on all the boards are wrong. The only way to see if your MO has been cashed is to make an inquiry at the Post Office". Guess I'll keep checking the mail and prepare for TM sales on Saturday just in case.
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From the people I spoke to at USPS, it seems as though the MO tracking is not reliable at all. It takes weeks to verify anything, according to them. Keep the faith!!!!
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Tedd, I believe the deal is that once a money order is cashed, it is purged from the PO's tracking system. As long as it "matches [their] records," it has not been purged, and therefore has not been cashed. Once it has been purged, it no longer matches a live record. So, if your MO does not match their records (which it probably does not, if you were kicked to a human), this implies, but does not guarantee, that it has been cashed. Strictly speaking, the human gave you gave you accurate information, but I still think you're in good shape if you're not getting the "matches our records" recording. At least that's how it works in my head. Checked my own this morning--two of three match, the third goes to a human, to whom I did not wait to speak. Unfortunately, the non-match is not for my tickets. Therefore, unkle sam, I will be submitting my essay and awaiting my examination. Seriously..."Cash for your extras..."
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Yay! I got an email from GDTS TOO today saying that I got tickets. I'm not sure if it's for my whole order or just part of it. How can I find out?
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@ honumama - Congrats on getting at least part of your order filled. As far as how to find out whether it was all or part, my guess is the only thing is to check and see which of your money orders were cashed. I think GDTSTOO is too overwhelmed to detail which of your requests was filled at least for a few more weeks (which is why they said not to email them). Oh yeah, if you have any extras, please PM me.
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Please mention locations with congrats emails..... Thanks.......
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I see that you just signed up yesterday. Can you cut and paste the email blacking out your name with the return email address please so we can see from whom the email comes? You are the first and only person on any site who appears to have received and email. Wishing you good luck. The only way to find out is to see what was cashed. Pay for postal money orders the 6.50 or call western union to confirm
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Hi. Thanks deepyarn. I'm in Marin County, CA - just 40 minutes away from Stinson Beach. My friend, who also lives here, got the email too. He actually got two emails "#3" and "#4". Mine was in the "#4" batch. I'm not sure if that means that he got tickets for the 3rd and 4th, and I got them for the 4th? It's all a riddle, but I'm excited. Good luck to everyone!
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I think that they BCCed all of the recipients and sent it out in a batch email. From: GDTS TOO, Inc. Subject: GD 50th Tickets #4 Date: February 24, 2015 11:23:30 AM PST To: GDTS TOO, Inc. Congratulations! Your order or at least one of your orders will be filled for the Grateful Dead 50th Reunion performances at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL on July 3, 4, 5, 2015. Your commemorative tickets will arrive in June. Please hold all emails. Check gdtstoo.com for the latest updates. We hope to see you at the shows! The Crew of GDTS TOO February 2015 “The sky was yellow and the sun was blue” Robert Hunter We reserve the right to revoke this privilege at anytime.
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Perhaps the post office employees were told to tell us it is garbage to get us to pay the 6 bucks. I don't know why they didn't ask us to track at the lpost office. After sending out thousands of dollars I would have definitively paid the six bucks from the get go! Silly not to imho. I'm getting sick and tired already and unless I get lucky - hah - with my rejection reaching me in 3 business days I know I won't have them back by on sale date. GL to all Btw I did match and I've been home sick and can't go pay the six bucks but why do it now? I also checked so many times Im kicked to accounting. Lol. I was asked when it's going to end. I thought this week and the lady Candice was happy to hear it but now I know I was incorrect and it can go on for a few more weeks. I have a felling the picked all the winners given that email Unless they mean they still have 25% rejections and wins left to do. I thought it meant they picked all the winners already but who knows? Gdts knows and NOT ME Gita
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Now go find out what's been chashed, have fun. Lucky you
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Those of us who have not gotten a Pinky yet AND have not gotten an e-mail of ticket award yet really got thrown a tough blow today.At one point it was looking good (if the envelopes had all been processed), but now it looks like we are in the worst position, since we most likely we will have no Tix AND no Money Order money for the Saturday sale. What a strange turn of events today. But congrats to the winners in that 10% and hats off to the GDTS folks that worked super hard to do what they could with the massive volume of envelopes.
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Velveteen-I am thinking you're right and am totally bummed out (but fingers are still crossed!). I share your congrats to the winners. No hard feelings to the good folks at GDTS TOO, I have received many great tickets from them over the years! I think having a mail order was a nice touch and kind of a cool part of the overall closure process that I see this event to be. P+L (and, of course good luck) to all!
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This was in my email this morning. It says #8 in the letter head on this one. I read that others say #3 or #4, so I don't think it has anything to do with the amount of tickets or what day. I requested 1 ticket for each day, but like the email states, it's not clear whether part or full order. Oh yeah, I used postal money orders. When checked at USPS mo page, it did not recognize the serial number. When I called the 866#, all the money orders say they "do Not match their system". So, I guess take all that for what it's worth.. Im in McKinleyville, CA GD 50th Tickets #8 Tuesday, February 24, 2015 10:26 AM From: "GDTS TOO Inc." To: "GDTS TOO Inc." Congratulations! Your order or at least one of your orders will be filled for the Grateful Dead 50th Reunion performances at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL on July 3, 4, 5, 2015. Your commemorative tickets will arrive in June. Please hold all emails. Check gdtstoo.com for the latest updates. We hope to see you at the shows! The Crew of GDTS TOO February 2015 “The sky was yellow and the sun was blue” Robert Hunter We reserve the right to revoke this privilege at anytime.
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Still no email here. But all six mo cashed, could it be possible four tapers tix to each show?
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Am I the only one that is getting the "sorry, we are experiencing technical difficulties" message when i call the usps money order hotline?
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honumama, I just called and got through, but of course everything still matches and no email, yet...the phone number I have is 866-459-7822 Congratulations to all who got the great news! I am still holding out hope that they have not emailed everyone yet, haven't seen a plethora of positive news on other sites, has anyone else?
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Good Luck everyone! "Take a vacation, fall out for a while Summer's coming in and it's going out in style"
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Still no email here.
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My very lucky GD 50th Tickets email # is #101. I requested "Any" 2 tix each day. All 9 MO's were cashed according to the USPS number which said my tickets did not match their records. I'm curios to know more about the numbering as well. I'm in Texas.
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The Seating Chart appears to be up at the Ticketmaster Site....check it out, one way or another...
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in reading most of this thread.....i understand the "does" and "does NOT" match our records aspect of the USPS inquiry system....BUT.....as my anxiety builds everyday, this morning TWO of my 6 money orders ( 2 tix for 2 shows - 3 MO per show ) automatically connect to a real human. Of course they tell me to spend $6.50 per MO at my local post office -- but before i do that -- i tried these serial numbers a few times each, always with the same result. The others give me the "does" match, so im not confident there -------- but what about the two ? they were for $191 & $200 which would be the $195.50 price tier each.
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Hey FLA_deadhead. Same here. Some of mine are "Matched", some are going to a person. But yesterday and days prior they were all saying "Matched". Anyone out there have an idea of what this is telling us? Thanks
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Velveteen: like the complete neurotic nut-job that i am.....i just called 866# again. Now, more of my MO's are going straight to a human. so, i would like to assume, and not be naive, that they have become deposited/cashed by GDTS and we should hopefully be getting emailed later ? or did the USPS flip a switch somewhere, and change how the inquiry system routes calls ?? ALSO -- lets all please remember that GDTS clearly stated that they would be emailing "over the next couple days"..and that was said of 2/23 Positive vibes....and anti-mailmen w/ pinky's
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FLA_Deadhead. I don't see why they would change their system like this. Let's hope it does mean that some were cashed. And you're right about the emails, they are coming in waves. Some were sent yesterday early afternoon, some later afternoon. So more should be coming today, tomorrow, and Friday. The suspense is unreal.
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I am in the same boat as you folks = no rejection letter, no confirmation email, and USPS phone inquiries get automatically sent to an agent where before I was getting "matches." Unfortunately, I do not believe that this means that the MO's have been cashed. Instead, I think it means that we called too many times about a specific money order. While this does not mean that the money order has not been cashed, it does not indicate that it has been. Best of luck.
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Greetings from CHITOWN...trying to keep the faith no email, no MO in mail ....staying strong would love to get one of those email today ...USPS is joke i dont even want to spent the 6.50 for some half-ass status response.
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still waiting.....
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Not saying I know how; more hoping someone has wisdom.Only "good" news is the announcement of 360 seating at Soldier Field. My view is, anyone who has been through all this will find a way through Ticketmassa
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Mail just came and no pinky... hoping for that email giving me the go... checked usps and one mo came back still in the system and the other transferred me to the guy who laughs and sez good luck. good luck to all, emails and TM on sat
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I think he's right in that "getting a human" just means you have inquired about that MO enough that it triggers. I went and paid the $6 at the post office and then went home and called. The person told me my money order had not been cashed. No email yet and the mailman is coming down the street...
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I had a little hope there. But you are right. I tested it out and it does switch to Human when you exceed a certain amount of attempts on a specific serial number. S%#t I guess the e-mail is really the only way to know for sure at this point. Still waiting for that first wave of emails from Stinson Beach today!!
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Nothing here in NYC. I guess Monday's mailWouldn't get here till Thursday ir Friday
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Please note: If you only sent in one envelope and received an email stating that you will receive tickets, then your whole order will be filled. If you sent in multiple envelopes, then we can only guarantee that at least one of your orders has been filled and we will not be able to provide you with which date was chosen at this time. If you did not include an email on your 3 x 5 we will not be able to let you know if you have received tickets. Thank you for your patience. The crew of GDTS TOO
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I received a very positive email from GDTSTOO last night at 11:40PM EST. Called the USPS MO verification line and all of my money orders had changed from "does match" to "does not match." (1 GA x 3 Nights) I feel truly blessed and am excited to share my July 4th weekend with all of you folks that make up this wonderful community!!!! Thank you all so much for impacting my life in such a positive manner. And a HUGE thanks to the folks at GDTSTOO for their hard work and their dedication to the community. Best of luck to everyone still in the running for mail order and also to those who participate in Saturday's online sale!
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Just went to Ticketmaster website. As of 4:19 EST $56.50 and $96.50 tickets are all SOLD OUT. Yes, the ugly word SOLD OUT for all three shows. $76.50 tickets have limit availability for all three shows. GA Pit SOLD OUT all three shows. I figure this since this was mail order only. Only tickets available are $116.50, $146.50, $196.50, $76.50 (limited) Just go to the buy tickets tab and play around and information is there. BUMMER....... No mail, is good mail...... Still waiting and chilling in NYC......
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Greetings all: After 5 weeks of intense anticipation I was unfortunate to have recieved the dreaded pinky. However, I do live in the Chicago area and I am next to public transportation to and from the city. I am offering any family oriented person/group housing accomodations in exchange for a single golden ticket. I can accomodate up to 4. This offer includes pick up and drop off at airport as well. Imagine not having to deal with making transportation or housing plans after this long wait. Your chariot awaits. Please consider this invitation when making your plans to visit our great city. Please PM me Respectfully yours, ikoiko85
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Here is what I have experienced: I ordered 4 tix to each show same envelope (moderate art) with nine money orders indicating I was willing to take any of the three ticket options. I also opted for UPS return, so an additional $25 MO was included for that. Monday 2/23 - Checked my MO status both via the phone and online at USPS.com. All 9 MO were a Match through both methods. Tuesday 2/24 - Checked all again at both places. Phone Matched all 9 MO.....USPS.com showed No-Match on all 9. (9:30 pm I received my confirmation email from GDTSTOO) Today 2/25 - Just to see, I phoned into the auto service. I made it through about half of my MO's (each one now indicating a No-Match) when I was kicked to an operator. I told him I was trying to determine if my MO's were cashed. We joked a little cause he already figured why I was so interested (although I never really told him). He asked me my name and if I had any of the MO #'s available. I gave him the numbers from the three $400 top tier MO's (only the last two #'s in the serial # change). He explained that the MO tracking by phone and USPS.com are not in any way accurate (which I now believe is untrue based on what I'm writing) That's when he asked if I had gone to the post office to pay my $6.20 per MO to have them researched. I informed him that I had not. He says, "well let me explain exactly how that works. I need you to listen very carefully, okay?...one of three things will happen.." 1. They will confirm that it has NOT been cashed 2. They will confirm that it HAS been cashed and that will trigger a copy of your cancelled MO to be sent to you. 3. If after 60 days your money order is lost or stolen,it's insured, and a bank check will be issued to reimburse you. I patiently listened, and he then says, "now had you gone to the post office and paid your $6.20 this morning, you would be waiting for some documents to come to you in the mail right now." wink, wink. I said perfect. He told me to enjoy the show. He must be a Head. Thankful to know that we will be attending. I am hoping this info will help some figure out their status. Based on my experience, I would say that No-Match likely means yer in. A Match..yer not in just yet. I hope you all receive your {{{email}}}! See you at the show! P.S. Please be kind....don't harass your postal worker based on this information. peace
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    C_o_r_n
    5 years 7 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 2 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 2 months ago
    Transcendental
    For a brief moment time seemed to stop and flow backwards. A life altering experience. GOD bless the Grateful Dead !!!