• January 15, 2015
    https://www.dead.net/features/bill-kreutzmann/grateful-dead-original-members-perform-together-again-one-last-time
    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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Got to the mailbox after work today thinking that all the rejections were over, only to find that lonely folded, clear taped, and ran through the ringer return envelope.. Had a post mark of 2/23.. Didn't even have to see the face of the letter to see what it was.. really thought I was in on this one, but after not seeing a letter over the past 5 weeks and no email.. rats!! Came down to the last day before the online sale.. Gongats to all who have received a golden ticket so far.. There is still hope out there for others.. Gotta wait for my buddy to get outta coaching his sons basketball practice to come up with plan B for the CID onsale release tomorrow.. We both have to work in the AM... Going to be a mad dash for the finish it looks like for some... Good luck to all the others out doing the online sale extraveganza!! Hipsters, tripsters, real cool chicks, sir, everyone's doin' that rag wurm
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going to check the mail momentarily, delayed due to mounds of snow. Trying not to read into the line in update that emails will come in next two days (that was Tuesday). Hoping they will tell us when they are done emailing an sending letters.
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Haven't seen any happy posts for a few hours. Are the numbers in the emails section numbers? Highest number I've seen is 324. Anybody higher? Section 340 is the last non obstructed view. My understanding from the original instruction was the cheap seat were in Section 300. Still hoping
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Fla deadhead, No one knows for sure, but I would guess the good folks at GDTSTOO are expending all their time and energy filling orders for tickets and trying their best to notify those ticket holders before Saturday morning while the return envelops sit unattended. I think many of the rejections will come after this weekend. Bummer!!! Good luck to all who are waiting for the holy grail of all emails. Thanks to the band, and to all who are making this great opportunity happen for us. Best
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Email numbers are not section numbers in the stadium, #324 was likely the 324th request honored cuz my seats were premium reserved, likely 100 level. But I could be wrong.
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Still in limbo here!!!
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Doing the math if I was #324 and ordered 2 seats for 3 shows, there's about half of the mail order confirmations left to to be sent out....the seating has been expanded today... I think there's plenty of hope provided 6000 or so requests will be honored via mail order.
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My heart goes out to you north shore. Happy for crazy Otto. Anybody want to limbo?...limbo limbo limbo. Nothin left to do but smile smile smile.
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What is PTMOSD?
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Post traumatic mail order stress disorder. And I got it
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PTMOSD seems to be have many of us in a state of: "wheel is turning and you can't slow down..."
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No news yet! Still waiting patiently for a word, one way or another. Hopeful, nonetheless. No new updates on GDST TOO either: http://www.gdtstoo.com/GDTSTOOupdate.html Good luck to all those who await their mail order ticket news! May the stars align for each and everyone!
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LMFAO dude
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every new email in my inbox causes a near heart attack. "the wheel is turning and you can't slow down/can't go back and can't hold on!"
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I disagree with you 100%. If the band was greedy they would be doing a multi-city tour, to sell more tickets... But you state you are not going to the shows, but are going to buy tickets and sell them for a profit...that is a scalper...geez If people do not buy tickets from scalpers the scalper business will disapear. I think ticket prices are VERY reasonable, and looking forward to a great holiday weekend with my wife and 2 daughters. Best wishes!!
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Yea!!!! Out of our 10 groups that sent mail orders. 4 orders filled, 2 don't know, 4 rejected.. Odds may be better than 1 in 10 at this point! Good luck, Stay Grateful! Happy birthday to my ass!
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Just a little nervous from the fall...Unfortunately I didn't get my Birthday miracle yesterday...still no news at all BUT HAPPY BDAY TO YOU!!!CHOUSE 13 And thanks for the BDay wishes folks It is nearly impossible to drum up hope and fight off depression at this point, although I was encouraged to see people still getting emails this afternoon!! Please keep posting your victories, defeats, cities, time of notification, etc. Last night I dreamt, not about letters or tickets per se, but email! Dreamt I thought I saw it in my inbox and freaked out but then realized it wasn't from GDTSTOO.I appreciate all the hard work they are doing. I don't think I can manage the funds for the CID stuff tomorrow :0
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I am so glad to be a part of history in the making... whichever way it turns out for us and the show! We have no rejection letter and no email but I sure did have fun decorating the envelope :) It reminded me of much simpler times... and was inspirational in a lot of ways. I love that there is still so much excitement around the music, family, and philosophy... sometimes you look around and wonder what must've happened to all that and then here it is!! Jerry would be proud! Last time I knew he was still watching over was at the Family Reunion at Alpine Valley when Robert Hunter sang Ripple and that huge rainbow appeared across the sky... I'm sure he'll be hanging around Chicago here soon!! Can't wait to be there and share the magic once more. Fingers still crossed....
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My husband and I printed all the CID packages out, had them lined up on the kitchen counter with two iPads going to look at hotel locations and seating chart, going over plan B - when his iPad buzzed. I said there's the email, we look, and there it was! Thank you!!! See y'all there.
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The other day I was just thinking of Alpine Valley- and how excited everyone was just to be there and then also about Robert Hunter and how he sang Ripple and the rainbow came out - and then I searched to see if I could find a recording of it but I couldn't and do you know - because it was so many years ago I started to wonder if maybe I embellished that part- but you remember too!!!
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Earlier this week when I checked the status of my USPS Money orders, (five total), I got the message, "Does not match our records". When I checked the status again this evening, I got the message, "No information is available for serial number". Makes me wonder now about the prominent theory that's been floating around, "Matches our records" = NOT CASHED; "Does not match our records"= CASHED -- was more about wishful thinking for those that got the message, "Does not match our records", rather than factual. Will know what the Deal is soon enough.
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Remember too. (~);}
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Losing it man..... can't sleep. waiting for Saturday and plan B. plan C, parking lot, tapes and wait for the show to start. maybe a miracle:)
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Happy Birthday to you too my friend! May all you birthday wishes come true! One thing we noticed yesterday is that it is possible at this point to get an email notification w/o having your Money Orders cashed. My guess is that at this point they are just filling orders and sending emails and are going to cash later. I literally think they are working around the clock! In response to an earlier comment about "does not match," I'm pretty sure that if your mo's "Do not match" I'll see you in Chi Town! Best of luck to you all!
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No email. No pink slip. I sure hope GDTSTOO will announce when they have sent the last of their emails out. It seems to me that the folks I have heard of getting tickets requested for all three shows. In my attempt not to be greedy and therefore increase my chances I only requested tickets for one night. Maybe that was my mistake? Anyone out there get an email for only one show? Please post if you get an email today and post your city. I live in MI.Good luck tomorrow!!
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i sent one envelope, requested 2 tickets to the 3rd or 4th gave 2 price points and decorated envelope. i dont check mo's any more as both transfer to a person, i checked them to many times, i think... live in chicago suburb received email last night... good luck..
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Today I just realized that I unconsciously had taken a complete break from listening to the dead since I received my rejection letter some 11 days back. Nor have I bothered to visit this site that I so often frequent to check out the boards & put on the taper's section. I guess I was so disappointed that I had to just step away for a while. Been listening to some Grant Green Jazz, Little Feat & even 90's alternative rock. Today I am checking the website first time since then & see that there are plenty of lucky ones that get to be a part of this epic event. That's good news, enjoy.
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I was also in the "no news is good news" boat until this morning at 12:30am ET, when I got the #380 email from GDTSTOO. I'm in Maryland. I requested 1 Any ticket to all three shows. Good luck to all of you still waiting--and to those that made it, see you there!
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No email, no letter, no information on money orders at USPS... Good luck everyone!!!
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From Ticketmaster: Please Note: PUBLIC ON SALE IS SATURDAY, FEB 28 at 10am. Still no news whatsoever.... Waiting.
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Always loved that Jerry Band song.. and thats what I'm doing waiting mail man dropped off today 27th.. no letter - no email- so just looking for an email - thanks to all of those posting their Grateful News.. it appears that these emails are coming in most hours of the day - even some late/early morning ones... So for now we dont want the update from GDTS TOO stating the emails are over.. for those of us still biting our nails on this thriller.. at this point it will be like winnning your own personal superbowl.. All Good Things In All Good Time..
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Went to bed last night in limbo. Woke up and checked email... Email came at 11:31:54 #385 all three nights, $212.50 tickets, one envelope, no art, sent in from Minneapolis area, post marked January 20, USPS MO's have not been cashed as of this morning. My wife is taking credit because she filled out the envelope and 3x5. My handwriting sucks. Good luck to all!
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Because of our children and figuring out work / flights / kid coverage, we only requested one night. one envelope. I was wondering the same thing... did that hurt my chances or help? I see lots of people getting all three nights and multiple tickets filled. It would be nice if they would share the love and fill the single show requests before granting multiple nights... but I know they have a crazy big job of figuring out ticket fulfillment. No pink slip. No email. No word on MO as I've called too many times. waiting. . . visualizing that wonderful email coming today. In Playa Del Rey, CA staying hopeful. Good luck!!! hope to see you all in Chicago.
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The Dead should be embarrassed. Only three shows. Computers fail. Corporations. Cannot even get tickets for $5,000.00. 50 years. Remember your roots - look in the mirror.
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No problem....make sure you get the wheel polish too!! Clearly a lot of PTMOSD going around after this mornings activity. Anybody get any emails today? If so, keep the news coming, it gives hope to those still in limbo. Have very low expectations for TM tomorrow. Nothin left to do but smile, smile, smile.....
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Greetings all: After 5 weeks of intense anticipation I was unfortunate to have received 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 accommodations in exchange for a single golden ticket. I can accommodate 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
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Tried to get tickets this morning since there was still no word... missed out on that with the system crash.Just got our rejection letter. Not sure when it was sent out because there was no date on the envelope... Really hoping that luck shines down on us tomorrow. P.S. We were in one of our poorest hours when we found out about mail order, so we were only able to send money for one night, two tickets.
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For all of you wondering how/why some folks got selected and some didn't, here's my guess at what the process was: Folks at GDTSTOO received 60k envelopes. "Oh shit, what are we going to do"? "We can only fill approximately 10% of these. We can't possibly go through them all and pull out the ones with nice artwork,or determine who is a long-time mail order customer, or who is a friend of a friend, so lets randomly take 10% out of each envelope and send the rest back". Something like that. I imagine that rather than doing all the sorting first, they're going through each bin and selecting 10% for winners, processing accordingly, then sending emails as they get them. Repeating that process over and over. That's why emails are coming in spurts and pink slips are coming in spurts. Just my 2 cents. Still hoping for an email.
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For all of you wondering how/why some folks got selected and some didn't, here's my guess at what the process was: Folks at GDTSTOO received 60k envelopes. "Oh shit, what are we going to do"? "We can only fill approximately 10% of these. We can't possibly go through them all and pull out the ones with nice artwork,or determine who is a long-time mail order customer, or who is a friend of a friend, so lets randomly take 10% out of each crate of envelopes and send the rest back". Something like that. I imagine that rather than doing all the sorting first, they're going through each crate and selecting 10% for winners, processing accordingly, then sending emails as they get them. Repeating that process over and over. That's why emails are coming in spurts and pink slips are coming in spurts. Just my 2 cents. Still hoping for an email.
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Would be nice to see that someone got an email today? havent seen any of that yet unless I missed it?
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Has anyone received an email today bringing good news?
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Yes, emails are still coming!!!!My sister in central coast California just got her email! I am guessing that more to come throughout the night. Keep the faith. Good luck to all!
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Tried to get tickets this morning through CID. System crashed and by the time I got through everything was sold out. My GDTSTOO mail order is in limbo. No email and no Western Union money orders cashed. Hoping for the best and expecting the worst. No bad feelings towards Phil, Bobby, Billy and Mickey. I still love these guys no matter what happens. Hopefully I can get tickets through TM as a last resort. I refuse to buy tickets through scalpers. I hope they eat the tickets that the real Dead Heads should have gotten. "I'm still walking, but I'm sure that I can dance..."
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All, I'm new to the sight but all these posts have kept my hopes alive through the long wait. Just wanted to let you all know that I paid for the USPS Money Order Inquiry and a nice lady at the Accounting Customer Service desk you end up at when you call the money order validation line (866-459-7822) confirmed my money orders have been cashed. However, I have yet to receive a confirmation email from GDTS TOO. That being said, there has to be more confirmation emails coming!! Stay positive and keep hope alive!!
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I just came back from the Post Office - I paid $6.10 apiece to have 3 MOs traced. Then they told me I would receive a letter in 5-7 business days. I said I thought you could tell me right now - she said they don't have access to that info - they forward the request to some other PO entity that manages that. Well that was certainly a waste of money.Then I came back home and tried the phone number (866-459-7822) that Bright Blue listed. That just got me to a recorded menu that confirmed that each MO was valid - but nothing about whether they had been cashed or not. I never got to talk to a live person
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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 !!!