Grateful Dead to Reunite for Farewell Concerts in Chicago

The remaining members, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir, will perform at Soldier Field for three consecutive nights in July.

AceShowbiz - %cGrateful Dead% is heading to Chicago for a much-anticipated reunion this summer. The remaining members, %cMickey Hart%, %cBill Kreutzmann%, %cPhil Lesh%, and %cBob Weir%, are going to perform together to bid farewell to their loyal fans and celebrate the band's 50th anniversary.

"Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" will be held on July 3 - 5 at Chicago Bears' home Soldier Field, the oldest stadium in American football and the site where the band last performed with frontman %cJerry Garcia% in July 1995 before he died a month later.

"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," Lesh said in a statement. Hart enthused, "I have a feeling this will come out just right."

They will be joined by some special guests including %cTrey Anastasio%, the vocalist and guitarist for %cPhish%, pianist %cBruce Hornsby% who often collaborated with the band in the past, and keyboardist %cJeff Chimenti%, who has also worked with the Grateful Dead members after Garcia's passing.

Aside from the concerts, the legendary jam band is also working on their first official career-spanning documentary with Martin Scorsese as a producer. It will feature never-before-seen performance footage, vintage interviews, and other candid moments unearthed from the band's vast vaults along with newly-captured conversations with the surviving members well as many other characters and pranksters from the Dead universe.

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