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.