There are only a handful of bands that have been able to make it to the 50th anniversary of the creation of the group and the Grateful Dead are making sure to celebrate it with the people who helped get them there; the fans.
2015 will mark the 50th anniversary since the inception of the Grateful Dead, and the surviving members will be giving fans three days to come out and celebrate with them at Chicago ‘s Soldier Field.
The three shows will take place July 3-5, almost 20 years after the band’s last performance with their late singer, Jerry Garcia, which also took place at Soldier Field. In place of Garcia, the remaining members of the band have enlisted Phish frontman, Trey Anastasio, to take the role of singer during those three days.
For those hoping that this will lead to the Grateful Dead heading out on the road for a trip down memory lane, the band have already said that it’s unlikely the band will embark on a tour.
“These will be the last shows with the four of us together,” said guitarist Bob Weir.
Reportedly, Bonnaroo had offered the surviving members of the band almost $3 million to headline this year’s festival, but they decided that they wanted to celebrate the “gold” anniversary by doing their own thing for fans.