Grateful Dead Farewell shows offered via PPV

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/final-grateful-dead-shows-to-be-offered-via-pay-per-view/?_r=0

Now Deadheads have no excuse for missing the end.

“Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead,” the summer concerts billed as the jam band’s final performances, will be broadcast live via pay-per-view from Soldier Field in Chicago, July 3 through July 5, the broadcasting company Live Alliance announced Wednesday.

In addition to that three-day, 15-hour special (the band will play two sets each night), the group’s preceding shows — scheduled for June 27 and 28 in Santa Clara, Calif. — will be streamed live online. (The Santa Clara concerts were added after tickets for the Chicago farewell shows sold out instantly, angering many longtime fans. “We will not be adding any more ‘Fare Thee Well’ shows,” the four surviving members of Grateful Dead said in a statement. “This is it.”)

A webcast of all five concerts will be available for $79.95 starting May 1. For details, check Dead50.net.

Other options for catching Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir together one last time (plus special guests Trey Anastasio, Jeff Chimenti and Bruce Hornsby) will include visiting some movie theaters that will screen the Chicago shows live, and video-on-demand, which will make the concerts available for 45 days.

But those investing in pay-per-view will have guides for their trip: Steve Liesman, the CNBC reporter, and Bill Walton, the N.B.A. Hall of Famer and well-known Deadhead, will serve as hosts for the concert special. “I am a fan and I am going to be there,” Mr. Walton told Sports Illustrated earlier this year. “I am going to do everything I can to get as close to the front row as I can.”

 

2 shows added in Santa Clara 

As the "core four" members of the Grateful Dead — Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann — prepare for a series of sold out "Fare Thee Well" shows in Chicago this Julyfor which they'll be joined by Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, it's possible that the band will announce more performances in the Bay Area. A source close to the band has confirmed to Billboard the fan blog buzz of a few shows leading up to the capstone performances in Chicago.

The Dead are reportedly considering the shows for the weekend before the "Fare Thee Well" series of July 4th weekend at home in the territory that gave the band its start. Most likely the venue for the prospective June 27-28 performances would be Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, but shows could possibly be held at San Francisco's AT&T Park.

The move would make particular sense considering demand for the Chicago shows, which are sold out at 210,000 with ticket requests in the millions. The capacity at Levi's stadium is 68,500.

The Chicago "Fare Thee Well" performances fall 20 years after late Dead bandleaderJerry Garcia played his final show with the group in that same venue, Soldier Field. Without intruding on the July 4th weekend finale status for Chicago Deadheads, the preceding Bay Area shows might further contextualize the group and its long, strange trip.

Update: Yep it's true! The band has confirmed June 27 and 28 at Levi's Stadium.

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lets get some tunes up in here

Ill be there live for the 3 shows!! :)

Just posting so OG/UG heads can PPV this shit and party on 

tjmitch - lets get some tunes up in here


Sha Weeeet 

(puts on drug rug)

God it's so sad...

Saw the Grateful Dead only once when I was in high school up in High Gate Vermont. That experience changed my life. I met an old head named Warrior who I helped unload a van full of tanks of expired medical grade nitrous....within five minutes of our introduction. My reward was a tiny little sweet breath container that held fifty hits of pretty clean LSD. He said it was his head stash...

I remember the ground literally shaking from Phil's base.

Of course I've seen the Dead, Phil, Ratdog countless times, but Jerry only once.

So sad it's all coming home to port... Phone Post 3.0

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I may go out and see what the parking lot scene is like.

PatK - I may go out and see what the parking lot scene is like.


that would be a blast. Fatty Egg Rolls and karma free vegan  burritos and just listen to the music play

PatK - I may go out and see what the parking lot scene is like.

I hope that the venue and the city of Chicago, allows people one more good "parking lot" scene, and aren't ball busting assholes about it, that was as big of part of the Dead, as going inside to see the show

Ramon Maroni - 
PatK - I may go out and see what the parking lot scene is like.

I hope that the venue and the city of Chicago, allows people one more good "parking lot" scene, and aren't ball busting assholes about it, that was as big of part of the Dead, as going inside to see the show

Yep.

From what I remember in the past, they didn't fuck with anyone other than totally blatant/obvious dealing and dudes with giant nitrous tanks. But that was 20+ years ago.

Me and some friends just hung out in the parking lot during the last shows Jerry played.

PatK - 
Ramon Maroni - 
PatK - I may go out and see what the parking lot scene is like.

I hope that the venue and the city of Chicago, allows people one more good "parking lot" scene, and aren't ball busting assholes about it, that was as big of part of the Dead, as going inside to see the show

Yep.

From what I remember in the past, they didn't fuck with anyone other than totally blatant/obvious dealing and dudes with giant nitrous tanks. But that was 20+ years ago.

Me and some friends just hung out in the parking lot during the last shows Jerry played.


Truckin baby 

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I wanted to go so bad. Was going to be in town too. Not sure ppv will cut it. Phone Post 3.0

Erocks - I wanted to go so bad. Was going to be in town too. Not sure ppv will cut it. Phone Post 3.0

agreed, love the Dead, but PPV aint cutting it