Grateful Dead to Reunite for 50th Anniversary Shows; Phish’s Trey Anastasio to Sit In

Courtesy Grateful DeadThis summer, the four living original members of The Grateful Dead will reunite for three shows to mark the band's 50th anniversary, and Phish's Trey Anastasio will help them celebrate.

The three shows will take place July 3, 4 and 5 at Soldier Field in Chicago.  The last show the band did with the late Jerry Garcia was at Soldier Field, on July 9, 1995.  Garcia died in August of that year.

Jerry Garcia's daughter, Trixie, made the official announcement in a video posted on

Bob Weir tells Billboard, "These will be the last shows with the four of us together," referring to himself, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Phil Lesh.

Talking about how he got involved, Anastasio tells Billboard, "I got a really heart-warming letter from Phil saying that he and the other three guys had talked about it and hoped I would do it. I didn't hesitate for a second to say yes. It's an absolute honor to be part of this final chapter."

In addition to Anastasio joining the band for the shows, singer and keyboardist Bruce Hornsby, an on-and-off member of the group during the '80s and '90s, is also coming along for the ride.  

The concerts have been dubbed Fare Thee Well, after a lyric in the Dead song "Brokedown Palace." Tickets will be available to Dead fan club members from February 9 to 11.  A public presale will take place February 12-13, while the general public gets a crack at tickets February 14.

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