News-Grateful Dead to reunite for their 50th anniversary

Phil_Lesh150Grateful Dead to reunite for their 50th anniversary

Phil Lesh, remaining members to play in Chicago in July

By Mindy Rochwerg
January 24, 2015

Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will mark the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s formation by playing July 3-5 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, where the band played their last concerts prior to formally disbanding in 1995.

The event is titled Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead.  Joining Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh and Weir will be vocalist and guitarist Trey Anastasio (Phish), pianist Bruce Hornsby and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.  Hornsby was a member of the band’s traveling road show for much of the ‘90s, and Chimenti has also previously worked with the band members.

According to, Kreutzmann said in a statement about the event:

“The Grateful Dead lived an incredible musical story and now we get to write a whole new chapter.” He added: “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.”

Lesh added: “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 50 years.”

This past October, an announcement was made that Martin Scorsese would be producing the official documentary of the band’s career from it’s inception in 1965 by founding members Jerry Garcia, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, Lesh and Kreutzmann.

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