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After a show focused on the '70s and a performance that leaned on the Dead's later years, the Fare Thee Well septet pulled from nearly every era of the Grateful Dead's touring career on Sunday.

The energy at the sold-out football stadium was through the roof as the band took the stage and assembled for a deep bow. They then huddled at the middle of the stage for a group hug. Each member took their spots and "China Cat Sunflower" began. Bruce Hornsby and Trey Anastasio shared lead vocals on "China Cat," which the Grateful Dead played over 500 times between 1968 and 1995. A few of Robert Hunter's lyrics tripped up Anastasio, but he had no problems instrumentally as the guitarist added his own signature flourishes to the iconic transition that leads into "I Know You Rider." All four main vocalists shared the "I wish I was a headlight" verse which Garcia always sang so powerfully at Grateful Dead performances. Hornsby provided a perky, upbeat piano solo in "Rider" as a crowd including celebrities Bill Murray, Perry Farrell, George R.R. Martin and Bill Walton roared its approval.

...Show organizers had one more setbreak surprise in store on Sunday as a full fireworks display was fired above Soldier Field.

The band returned to the stage towards the end of the fireworks show to open the second set with "Truckin," the first song they performed eight days earlier at their Santa Clara debut. A repeat of "Truckin" gave the audience of Deadheads a final chance to scream and shout the "what a long strange trip it's been" lyric. [Jambase]

After the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary 'Fare Thee Well' shows in Santa Clara, they played their three final shows at Chicago's Soldier Field this past weekend. Like in California, surviving members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann were joined by Phish's Trey Anastasio, former Dead collaborator Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti of Bob Weir's band RatDog. As the above review points out, each night had a different theme setlist-wise, and you can browse all three setlists below. Pictures from the first night are also in this post.

The second night, July 4th included projected footage of the Empire State Building on the screen at Soldier Field as the Dead played "U.S. Blues." The building's light show, mostly in red, white and blue, was synced to the song. Video of that is below too.

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NYC Taper was in attendance, and he's got audio to stream/download of the first two shows at his site (July 3 and July 4). You can stream "Passenger" from the first night and "The Golden Road" from the second, below. Dead.net has you covered if you're looking to buy the official CDs and DVDs.

Did you make it to any of the shows? If so, did you get one of the 100,000 roses FTD gave out? Was it tie-dyed? What about a balloon? Did you visit any other historical Dead sites while you were out there? How did you get your ticket?

Levi's Stadium photos HERE and HERE.

More pictures from Chicago night one, along with the three Chicago setlists, song streams and video, below...

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Night two of the Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well run-up got off to a funky and ferocious start. The cobwebs were shaken loose, the groove found its pocket in opener "Feel Like a Stranger," and all was well in Deadhead land as the truly faithful showed for the second night in a row and a slew of new nostalgia seekers and first timers got their twirl on. [Billboard]
The reunited members of the Grateful Dead (along with Phish's Trey Anastasio in Jerry Garcia's spot) played their 2nd of two reunion shows in Santa Clara on Sunday night. The next three happen in Chicago this July 4th weekend (Can't be there? There's always YouTube, Dead.net, SiriusXM, Brooklyn Bowl, etc)
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You saw the setlist and pictures from the first night. More photos and the setlist from the second, below...

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UPDATE: We've also got pictures from the second night.

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There are two kinds of Deadheads.

Those who think the Grateful Dead experience should have died with Jerry Garcia.

And those who think it can go on with a pinch-hitter in the band's MVP seat.

If ever there was a time for those in the first camp to come back and check out the Dead 2.0, it was this weekend at Levi's Stadium, the band's 50th anniversary and the last time the surviving four members would play together. A chance to pull out the tie-dyes one last time, see some old friends and wish the boys a fond farewell.

And the band delivered a set seemingly tailored for the old-timers, three and a half hours of their most classic songs, not one written after 1970. They plucked rarely played gems off of their 1967 debut album, and played one song --1969's "What's Become of the Baby" -- that the Dead had never played, with or without Garcia.

And this Dead, complete with that pinch-hitter -- Phish's Trey Anastasio -- did a pretty fair job of regenerating the kind of cosmic energy the original Grateful Dead was able to summon up during its 30-year lifespan. [San Jose Mercury News]

We already talked a bit about the first of two Grateful Dead shows in Santa Clara this weekend (rainbow and setlist included). Now here's some photos. They continue HERE and below...

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UPDATE: And here are PHOTOS

The Grateful Dead @ Levi's Stadium 6/27/2015 (photo via @lishkersch)
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"I can't tell you how good it is to see all of you all again, this has been so magical for us," Lesh said before delivering his well-known donor rap before the encore. Bruce Hornsby finally handled lead vocals for a rousing rendition of "Casey Jones" that closed out the first night. After the music ended Billy came to the microphone to acknowledge the rainbow that formed at setbreak and tie it into the Supreme Court decision regarding gay marriage on Friday.

Who would have guessed during the "Truckin'" opener that it would be the most recently introduced song in the Grateful Dead's repertoire? With a nod to the early days of The Dead, this group trying to overcome first-night nerves and meet lofty expectations, if nothing more made the anticipation for the next four shows even stronger than it had been before. -[Jam Base]

The first of The Grateful Dead's "Fare Thee Well - Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead" shows happened Saturday night (6/27) at Santa Clara, CA's Levi's Stadium, featuring the "core four" (drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, bassist Phil Lesh and guitarist Bob Weir) as well as Phish's Trey Anastasio, plus Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti on keyboards. This was the first time this band had played a concert together and some kinks were working themselves out, but a rainbow forming over the stadium between the two sets was surely a good sign. The show opened with a jam that soon turned into "Truckin'" and the setlist stuck to the band's early days, wrapping up with "Casey Jones." Setlist is below. Pictures ARE HERE.

The second of the Santa Clara "Fare Thee Well" happens tonight (6/28) and then next weekend they move to Chicago for the final three.

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photo: Lee Ranaldo w/ Sonic Youth in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo has a few live appearances coming up this year. He's got a Grateful Dead tribute in Chicago with Alex Bleeker, members of Yo La Tengo and more, a Mass. show with Oneida, a free Lincoln Center Out of Doors show in August (also with Yo La Tengo), and one of the Storm King Art Center shows in New Windsor, NY.

Before any of that happens though, he's got a show this month here in NYC. He's currently working on a new record with Barcelona producer Raül Fernandez Refree, and the pair will play "Barcelona Sounds" at Joe's Pub on June 29. The show is presented in collaboration with the Institut Ramon Llull & sponsored by Estrella Damm. Tickets are on sale now.

Watch a Lee Ranaldo video below...

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Reggie and the Full Effect, Pentimento and The Weaks are playing the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on July 25. Tickets are on sale now.

Odd Future's Mike G & Left Brain are playing the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on July 9 with Speak and Pyramid Vritira. Tickets are on sale.

The Sadies are playing Union Pool on July 30. Tickets are on sale.

The Very Best are playing SOB's on June 11, two days before their free Northside show with Heems. Tickets are on sale.

Taso, Sicko Mobb, Ricky Eat Acid and Tripletrain are playing Palisades on July 25. Tickets are on sale.

Ricky Eat Acid also plays the Kenmore/Orchid Tapes Northside showcase on June 14 at Baby's All Right with Foxes In Fiction and Emily Reo. Tickets are on sale.

Mykki Blanco "Presents Dogfood MG" at Palisades on June 26 with Psycho Egyptian, Violence and Amnesia Scanner. Tickets are on sale. Mykki also has a free Rockaway Beach show in August.

The Maccabees will be in NYC soon, headlining Le Poisson Rouge on June 9. Tickets for that show are still available.

Foxygen's Jonathan Rado is playing Baby's All Right on June 27 with The Lemon Twigs. Tickets are on sale.

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Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Jimmy Cliff & friends (via Dave Lipsitz)
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We're about a month and a half away from the four surviving Grateful Dead members' five 50th anniversary shows (two in California, three in Chicago), ahead of that all four of them appeared at yesterday's (5/14) Jerry Garcia tribute in Maryland, Dear Jerry. Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann all performed, and the latter three played together twice during the show: first for "Fire On The Mountain" with Jimmy Cliff, and then again for "Touch of Grey." Phil opened the show with the band Communion, playing "The Wheel > Uncle John's Band," "Standing On The Moon," and "Liberty."

Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen did the Dead's "Sugaree," Bill joined the Disco Biscuits for "Scarlet Begonias > I Know You Rider," and Bob joined Los Lobos for "Not Fade Away > Bertha." Jimmy Cliff also did his own song "The Harder They Come," which Jerry covered many times. The show ended with most of the nights' performers coming out for "Ripple." Check out videos and the full setlist below.

Today's the last day you can access the $50-discounted presale for the pay-per-view webcast of the Dead's Chicago shows. If you're in the NYC-area and looking to watch the broadcast with professional sound, tickets for the live simulcasts at Capitol Theatre and Brooklyn Bowl go on sale at noon and 1 PM, respectively.

Dear Jerry videos and setlist below...

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As you've probably heard, surviving members of the Grateful Dead are playing 50th anniversary shows in Chicago and California this year. Those are all of course sold out, but there are still other ways to watch. There's the pay-per-view webcast which is currently on presale via Dead50.net. That presale ends Friday (5/15), and will cost $50 more after that.

UPDATE: It's also happening at City Winery and The Space at Westbury.

As the shows' co-producer Peter Shapiro said he would, he'll also be live streaming it in select public locations, including his NYC-area venues Capitol Theatre (Port Chester) and Brooklyn Bowl (Williamsburg). Those simulcasts are now officially announced for the Chicago shows. They'll happen July 3, 4 and 5 at both venues. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon for the Cap and 1 PM for Brooklyn Bowl. Cap prices range from $15 through $245, and Brooklyn Bowl is just one price of $15.

Watch a video of the Dead playing "China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider" in Denmark in 1972, below...

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The Grateful Dead 50th anniversary shows in Chicago and California will stream online (pay-per-view) for those unable to attend, and a $79.95 presale for the webcast for all five nights begins today (5/1) at Dead50.net.

The Chicago shows will also stream on TV and in theaters. Here's more details on the webcast, via Rolling Stone:

The pay-per-view event will be hosted by CNBC reporter Steve Liesman and feature special guest host Bill Walton, a Basketball Hall of Famer and perhaps the group's most famous Deadhead. The intermission for each show will feature taped interviews, live interviews with fans, a short documentary on the Grateful Dead directed by Justin Kreutzmann and more. The broadcast will also be accessible as a video-on-demand option for fans that can't catch the concerts live.
In related news, in addition to Dead member Phil Lesh's six NYC-area shows at the Capitol Theatre, he'll be playing one night in NYC proper on September 16 at Central Park Summerstage. For that show, Phil will be joined by Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Eric Krasno, Adam MacDougall and Tony Leone. Tickets are on sale now.

Dead member Bill Kreutzmann will be in NYC this coming week when his book tour hits Barnes & Noble Tribeca on May 6. The tour's in support of his new memoir, Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs with The Grateful Dead, which comes out May 5.

In other related news, there's an upcoming NYC show celebrating both the Dead's 50th anniversary and Jefferson Airplane's 50 anniversary happening August 16 at BB King's. Airplane spinoff Jefferson Starship are playing (they played a full Airplane set at that venue in March), as well as Dead tribute band Jazz Is Dead, David Freiberg's current version of San Francisco Sound band Quicksilver Messenger Service (known as Quicksilver "Happy Trails"), and a set from former Dead pianist Tom Constanten. The show will be mixed and hosted by former Dead sound engineer Dan Healy. Tickets are on sale now.

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Are the Grateful Dead's 50th Anniversary / Fare Thee Well shows turning into the Long Goodbye? Billboard reports that, in addition to the two shows in California and three in Chicago this summer, surviving members of the Dead are talking about touring with John Mayer this fall:

According to insiders, the trek is due to kick off in October, with the Grammy-winning singer and guitarist having already begun to jam in a rehearsal-like setting with select members of the group, chief among them [Bob] Weir. Observers say he's ecstatic about the prospect. A rep for the band tells Billboard that it's "premature" to suggest any such outing is being planned.
Of course Mayer and Grateful Dead members have history, and Bob Weir played with Mayer on The Late Late Show back in February. (Video below.) Official word from The Greatful Dead is still that the Chicago shows will be their last. Stay tuned.

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photo: Phil Lesh at the Cap in March (more by Greg Cristman)
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Netflix has picked up the exclusive rights to "The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir," the documentary about Grateful Dead co-founder, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Bob Weir. According to Variety, the film "chronicles Weir's journey from his youth in Palo Alto, Calif., to becoming a global superstar as a member of one of the world's most influential and popular bands. The pic focuses on his partnership with Garcia and includes musical performances and archival footage, as well as interviews with Dead bandmates, colleagues, fans, family and Weir himself."

2015 is the Dead's 50th anniversary, and as you probably know, the band's surviving members (Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann) are playing shows in celebration. Three Chicago shows were originally announced and quickly sold out, and the recently added pair of California shows are now sold out as well. Like the Chicago shows, the original members will be joined by Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano) for the California dates.

Phil Lesh already had four shows at Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre lined up for this fall as well, and he's now added two more shows to the run happening November 1 & 5. Tickets for the new dates go on sale Friday (4/17) at noon, and you can still grab tickets (same link) for the previously-announced October 30 and November 6 shows.

Check out a trailer for "The Other One" below...

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Surviving Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann already announced three Chicago shows to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary, which sold out very quickly. Now, as rumored, they added two more shows happening at Santa Clara, California's Levi's Stadium on June 27 and 28.

Like the Chicago shows, the members will be joined by Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano). "All tickets for the Levi's Stadium shows are available now through this on-line ticketing system through Tuesday April 14 at 11:59PM EDT." More info here.

Bill Kreutzmann also announced a book tour for his upcoming memoir, Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs with The Grateful Dead, due May 5 via St. Martin's Press. All dates for that are listed, along with a new letter the Dead wrote to their fans, below...

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Jefferson Starship are currently on their Jefferson Airplane tour, playing full Airplane sets for the band's 50th anniversary (it hit NYC earlier this week, anyone go?). Now another Airplane spinoff, Hot Tuna (aka Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady), are doing something for the anniversary too. They'll play a full Airplane set at Virginia's Lockn' Festival, which happens at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington from September 10-13. They also play an acoustic Hot Tuna set at the fest, and there will be sets from Phil Lesh & Friends, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Little Feat, Fishbone, Anders Osborne, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Doobie Brothers, Umphrey's McGee, Widespread Panic and more. Tickets are on sale.

Tuna also added a NYC-area show to their tour, happening July 18 at The Capitol Theatre. It's a great double bill, with fellow San Francisco scene band New Riders of the Purple Sage. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/27) at noon. All Hot Tuna dates are listed below.

David Nelson of the New Riders will also be playing as a member of Phil Lesh & Friends at the latter two shows of his four-show fall run at the Capitol Theatre. Those shows happen 10/30, 10/31, 11/6 and 11/7. The full lineups are Stanley Jordan, John Kadlecik, Jason Crosby, and Tony Leone for the October shows; and David Nelson, Barry Sless, Scott Law, Jason Crosby, and John Molo in November.

Tickets for 10/30 and 11/6 are still available. Phil also just wrapped up a four-night run at that same venue last week. Check out pictures.

As you may know, Phil Lesh is taking part in the Grateful Dead 50th anniversary shows in Chicago this July with fellow surviving members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. According to Jambase, there's a rumor that two California shows will be added, set to take place June 27 and 28 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Stay tuned to see if that rumor proves to be true!

Updated list of Hot Tuna dates and a classic Airplane video, below...

Continue reading "Hot Tuna add Cap show w/ New Riders, playing Jefferson Airplane set at Lockn fest; Grateful Dead playing more shows?"

photos by Greg Cristman

Phil Lesh & Friends @ The Capitol Theatre 3/18/2015
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The Grateful Dead turn 50 this year and Phil Lesh turns 75, and in celebration of the latter Phil & friends played a sold-out four-show run at his NYC-area home base, The Capitol Theatre, this week. Making the shows extra special, Warren Haynes played in his band. The shows also included Eric Krasno, Rob Barraco, and John Molo the first two nights (3/15 & 3/16); and Barry Sless subbed for Krasno on Wednesday (3/18) and Thursday (3/19). As you'd expect, setlists were different each night and included a ton of Dead songs, plus a few cuts throughout the run from Warren's former band, The Allman Brothers. Setlists from all four nights and pictures from Thursday's show are in this post.

Phil now announced another four-night run at The Cap happening October 30, Halloween, November 6 and November 7. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

As you may know, Phil is also on board for the highly in-demand Grateful Dead 50th anniversary shows with fellow surviving members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann; and all four of them are also playing the Jerry Garcia tribute with Jimmy Cliff, Jorma Kaukonen, David Grisman, and more.

In related news, there's going to be an auction in Chicago on April 11 and 12 of privately-held Dead-related memorabilia. Chicagoist reports:

Some of that "stuff" includes pretty cool artifacts like a chair owned by Jerry Garcia and featured in a Rolling Stone article. There are posters--some autographed--from shows long ago. There's Garcia's old Colt .25 pistol and some art utensils used by Rick Griffin and even legal documents.

...Another item that intrigues [Dead historian and publicist Dennis] McNally is Garcia's hand-written lyrics to "He's Gone." "A song is an amazing thing, really," he said. "You can hear a song a million times, but we don't really witness the creation of a song." "To see the original lyrics written out, with edits and scratched out words and Jerry's doodling in the margins, it's a way to see that creative process which is impressive to me." "It's just pencil to paper," McNally continued. "It's so human and normal and not what you'd expect."

Read more and check out a few pictures of the memorabilia that will be up for auction here.

In other related news, Examiner reports that when Jerry Garcia was arrested in 1985 on drug possession charges after a San Francisco police officer noticed 23 packets of "brown and white substances" in his briefcase, that the briefcase also contained a number of Dead songs that Jerry and Robert Hunter were working on, and that police may still have the briefcase. Robert Hunter recently told Rolling Stone:

I haven't gone searching for it, but I happen to know that briefcase had a number of new songs he was working on. And if the police still have them, I'd like them back, please. It doesn't seem right. A lot of those songs disappeared. I would give [Bob] Weir the only copy of a song, and he'd put it in his back pocket and he would do the wash and there would go that song. And he'd say, "Do you remember any of that song?" and I'd say, "Maybe I can remember a verse or two." But that's one good thing about word processors coming along -- there are no more lost songs.
Well let's hope they do get them back!

More pictures and setlists from the Cap, below...

Continue reading "Phil Lesh & Friends played four nights at Capitol Theatre (pics, setlists); four more shows announced ++ more Dead news"

by Andrew Sacher

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The Grateful Dead aren't the only San Francisco Sound band celebrating a 50th anniversary this year. Jefferson Airplane turn 50 too, and to celebrate that, founding guitarist, backup and sometimes-lead vocalist Paul Kantner's band Jefferson Starship are playing full Airplane sets on tour. The current lineup has Paul joined by longtime member David Freiberg, also of the great San Francisco band Quicksilver Messenger Service and a brief Airplane member in the early '70s, as well as Cathy Richardson, Donny Baldwin, Chris Smith and Jude Gold.

The tour hits NYC on March 22 at BB King's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

It may not be as exciting as if the full band got back together, but seeing Paul Kantner do a full set of Jefferson Airplane songs (especially with Freiberg on board) is still something to look forward to. Plus, as long as Grace Slick remains retired, a full reunion is out of the question. And according to former bandmate Jorma Kaukonen, she is. He recently re-confirmed to JTA, "Grace doesn't sing anymore, so that means that's really out of the question." But as for the rest of the members: "We'd like to do something. We don't know what that is, whether it's just wandering around and yakking on talk shows or something like that. Maybe having some acoustic guitars and playing some songs and talking."

Jorma's last appearance in NYC was actually Airplane-related too. Hot Tuna, his duo with JA bassist Jack Casady, played a special Beacon Theatre show in December for Jack's 70th birthday that had Jefferson Airplane co-lead singer Marty Balin fronting the band for "3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds," "Plastic Fantastic Lover" and "Volunteers." They also of course did the Grace Slick-fronted "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit," but with Tuna live member Teresa Williams singing lead, and covered The Dead's "Sugaree." Check out a video of Marty with Tuna from that show, below.

Jorma also takes part in the upcoming Jerry Garcia tribute in Maryland, which all four current Dead members are playing. Jorma's other upcoming shows include SXSW, and nothing in NYC, but a couple nearby shows in NJ. All dates are listed below.

Marty Balin also has upcoming shows, including returns to NYC on April 4 at The Cutting Room (tickets) and July 31 at Iridium (tickets). He'll probably play a ton of Airplane too (check out the setlist of his most recent NYC show). All of his dates are listed below.

Watch a few classic Jefferson Airplane videos, plus that recent Beacon Theatre video, and the lists of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Jefferson Starship playing Jefferson Airplane sets on tour for 50th anniversary; Jorma playing SXSW, Jerry tribute, & more"

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There's already insane demand for the three Chicago shows that surviving Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are reuniting for, so perhaps some of that excitement will carry over into this Jerry Garcia tribute happening two months earlier in Maryland.

The tribute includes all four of those members -- Mickey and Bob solo, Bill with his band Billy & the Kids, and Phil with his band Communion (featuring Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford, And Jason Crosby) -- as well as Bruce Hornsby, who's also playing at the Chicago shows. Though they're billed separately, maybe all the band practices they've been having will result in some collaborations too?

The rest of the lineup isn't too shabby either, with reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry collaborator David Grisman, country vet Buddy Miller, roots rockers Los Lobos, electro-jammers Disco Biscuits and more. The tribute happens May 14 at Merriweather Post Pavillion, and tickets go on sale March 13 at noon. Full lineup below.

In other Dead news, Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, who just took part in a Dead tribute in Brooklyn, have announced that they'll also play a Dead set at Woodsist Festival on May 18 in Big Sur, CA. That fest is also with Real Estate, Woods, White Fence, Peaking Lights, Little Wings, Simon Joyner & the Ghosts and more TBA. Tickets are still available.

Alex Bleeker isn't the only indie rocker paying tribute to The Dead this year.

'Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia' lineup below...

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The Grateful Dead's three 50th anniversary shows at Chicago's Soldier Field (July 3-5) with surviving members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, plus Phish's Trey Anastasio, RatDog's Jeff Chimenti and Bruce Hornsby, went on sale to the general public on Saturday (2/28) after the pre-sale already resulted in more than 60,000 people mailing in envelopes requesting tickets (and a total of over 350,000 tickets requested). The Ticketmaster on-sale was met with closer to 500,000 people attempting to purchase tickets -- and probably more folks than not trying for the four-ticket maximum. It sold out in about an hour, and it would've happened even faster if the demand levels weren't slowing down servers (Ticketmaster never crashed though). Almost immediately after the sell-out, tickets went up on StubHub for crazy prices.

Mashable points out that Chicago Bears season-ticket holders had first dibs on seats, and suggested that may have meant several people with no interest in attending but the ability to easily purchase tickets would use that opportunity to scalp them. The highest ticket on StubHub was going for $1 million, but that one's since been deleted, and right now the average price is around $2,000. A StubHub agent told Mashable, "I've been doing this nine years, and I would say this is going to be the biggest one I've seen. The Super Bowl is always going to be bigger than anything. But this is definitely the biggest concert. By far. By far."

Though there's been plenty of chances to see Dead members play Dead songs in the time since Jerry's death (in fact, Phil Lesh has four NYC-area shows coming up, one of which is still on sale), it's perhaps not surprising that the one billed as "The Grateful Dead" would cause this kind of hysteria. You might not have necessarily predicted it in their final year as a band (1995), when shows weren't selling out like this, but then again being away for 20 years, the excitement of a reunion, and scalpers creating even more demand will do that sort of thing.

And some of the scalpers could be frauds too, as nobody gets their actual hard tickets until June, and some people are offering specific seats, but reportedly no seats have been assigned yet.

The Grateful Dead 50 Facebook page posted the following:

Thank you to all of the Deadheads for the amazing support that you have shown for the Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago! This morning you broke Ticketmaster's on-sale record when nearly half a million of you queued up to buy tickets. If you do not have tickets, please know that we are working on various ways to help everyone experience these shows in a way that will help you share this special moment with us. Stay tuned, and thank you for showing your love, we feel it!
One way they may allow everyone experience the shows is live streaming. The show's co-producer Peter Shapiro told Billboard, "We want to provide video and audio, the best shit out there, and try to bring it to people with the same vibe as being there." He says they'll be pay-per-view events that will potentially be available nationwide. Rolling Stone also points out that Shapiro "is working on simulcasting the shows around the country; Shapiro is already holding the dates at his venues, including the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, and the Brooklyn Bowl."

Right before the on-sale, GDTS TOO, the site handling the mail-order presales, posted the following:

We've been submerged in a sea of mail and are coming up for a breath of air to give you an update on where we stand right now. We are 75% of the way processing all of the orders, working 24/7 to get your money orders back to you. There were many, many times more order requests than anyone imagined, thousands and thousands with beautiful art. We are trying to let as many folks know their status if possible before the onsale date. Emails will go out to the winners starting in the next two days. You still have a small chance if you do not receive an email from us by the on-sale date, however, you may want to consider on line ticket sales to increase your chances. Tickets will be mailed out in June. Please do not email us at this time as we will not be able to answer your inquiry.
Were you one of the lucky ones who got tickets?

In related news, The National and friends are working on a Dead tribute.

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The National have been talking about an all-star indie rock tribute to The Grateful Dead for long time now, and 2015 would be a good year to finally release it given all the excitment surrounding The Dead's 50th anniversary. It's seeming like a possibility that that will in fact be the case, as the band are/were up in Woodstock at Dreamland Recordings working on it.

We already knew they were planning to include members of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile, The Walkmen and Megafaun, and from the pictures they've been posting on Instagram, it's looking like way more really exciting people are involved too. It had already been talked about to maybe include Sonic Youth guitarist and major Dead fan Lee Ranaldo, but it's now confirmed that he recorded at Dreamland with them too. Will Oldham (aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) is there (!). Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man on Earth) is there. Walter Martin from the Walkmen is pictured. Cass McCombs and Phil Lesh collaborator Joe Russo, who both just played a Dead tribute in Brooklyn were there, and Sam Amidon too. Josh Ritter's band, etc member Josh Kaufman is there along with his former Yellowbirds bandmate Sam Cohen, and Takka Takka/Gabriel and the Hounds/sometimes National, etc member Conrad Doucette is in the pictures too.

Looks like this is turning out even more exciting than it first seemed. Check out more pictures from the recording sessions below...

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photo: Cass McCombs in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
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As you may know, there's no lack of events going on all over the country this year in celebration of The Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary. One of those is "Brooklyn Is Dead," Alex Bleeker and the Freaks' tribute show on February 10 at Brooklyn Bowl, and since we last posted, the lineup for that got way more impressive. It now also includes Cass McCombs, Darkside's Dave Harrington, Darkside collaborator Will Epstein, Woods' Jarvis Taveniere, and Patti Smith Group's Lenny Kaye. Tickets for that show, which also celebrates Relix's 40th anniversary, are still available. Flyer below.

In other news related to Alex Bleeker, his other band Real Estate are among the artists announced for Iowa City's Mission Creek Festival happening March 31-April 5. Also on that lineup is Freddie Gibbs, How to Dress Well, The Sea & Cake, King Tuff, Father John Misty, Glenn Kotche & Jeffrey Zeigler, Foxygen, Amen Dunes, Ryley Walker, Silver Apples, SQÜRL (ft. Jim Jarmusch) and more. Full lineup below. Tickets are on sale.

In other news related to The Grateful Dead, drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have announced that they'll team up ahead of the Grateful Dead shows for a collaborative set with The Disco Biscuits (which they also did at Gathering of the Vibes 2014) on April 17 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra also have six NYC-area dates coming up, including Brooklyn Bowl.

And right before Phil Lesh's 75th birthday shows at Capitol Theatre (two of which are still on sale), Warren Haynes (who's joining Phil for those shows) will play the Cap with his own band Gov't Mule, joined by special guest (and past Phil Lesh collaborator) John Scofield on March 13 & 14. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

Lastly, two days after the "Brooklyn Is Dead" show, Dave Harrington plays his own Brooklyn show on February 12 at Shea Stadium with Sam Cohen, Shark? and Kinsey.

Mission Creek Festival lineup below...

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As you may be aware, the surviving members of The Grateful Dead -- Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann -- are reuniting to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary with three shows at Chicago's Soldier Field on July 3-5. In a nod to the way they did it back in the day, initial ticket orders were taken via old-fashioned mail beginning January 20. As of Monday (1/26), they had received over 60,000 envelopes containing 350,000+ requests for tickets!

Because of that, there will now be no other pre-sales and tickets will now go on sale February 28 at 10 AM CST (moved from 2/14).

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Surviving Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will reunite to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary with three Chicago shows from July 3-5 at Soldier Field, the same venue their last show with Jerry Garcia took place. Joining them will be Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby who performed with the Dead several times in the '80s and '90s, and Jeff Chimenti of Bob Weir's band RatDog. Bob Weir tells tells Billboard that these will be the last shows with the four Dead members together.

Tickets will be available to fan club members from February 9-11, a local public presale runs from Feb. 12-13, and the general on-sale begins Feb. 14.

Peter Shapiro (Brooklyn Bowl and Capitol Theatre co-owner/booker) is producing the shows. That will follow four Phil Lesh shows at The Cap in March, in celebration of Phil's 75th birthday. Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks celebrate the Peter Shapiro-owned Relix's 40th anniversary with a "Brooklyn Is Dead" show on February 10 at Brooklyn Bowl (tickets).

Watch The Dead's 1974 Winterland concert below...

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poster of a Bill Graham-booked Grateful Dead show
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The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh turns 75 on March 15, and to celebrate he'll kick off a run of four shows at his NYC-area home base, The Capitol Theatre, that day. He plays the venue on 3/15, 3/16, 3/18 & 3/19. The first two nights will have him joined by Warren Haynes, Eric Krasno, Rob Barraco, and John Molo; and the last two nights have Barry Sless instead of Eric Krasno. Tickets for each individual night and a GA floor 4-show pack go on sale at noon on Saturday (1/10).

This year is also the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary, and Phil & Friends are celebrating that by recreating past Dead shows from the '60s at his San Francisco home base, Terrapin Crossroads. More info here.

Also in California, the late Bill Graham, who booked the Dead and other Bay Area bands, is getting an exhibition at LA's Skirball Cultural Center, which opens May 7 and runs through October 11. In addition to 1965 being the year of the Dead's first show, it's also the year Bill booked his first show. Billboard reports that the exhibition will include "memorabilia, photographs, archival concert footage, historical and new video interviews and psychedelic art related to the career of the godfather of the San Francisco concert scene and one of the most influential concert promoters in history."

And if any of you Deadheads are traveling to Colorado soon for any reason, you may want to get a room at the new Grateful Dead-themed Bud + Breakfast Silverthorne. One night in the Garcia Suite is only $199.

Phil Lesh and JRAD, aka PhilRAD, just played the Cap on New Year's Eve. Check out a video of "Uncle John's Band" from that show, below...

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As discussed, Animal Collective are on a DJ tour which hits NYC tonight (11/14) at Brooklyn Bowl with Avey Tare, Geologist and Deakin in tow. It also returns to that same venue on December 12 without Avey Tare. Tickets for both nights are still available.

While Geologist is in town this weekend, he'll stop by Baby's All Right on Saturday (11/15) to DJ their recurring Grateful Dead brunch, which as you may have guessed is an afternoon of brunch and DJs spinning Dead tunes. Saturday's show will be hosted by Schaeffer Beach (aka TAO's Rich Schaefer and Bowery Presents' Johnny Beach), goes from noon to 4 PM and is free (the music, not the brunch). Flyer below. As you may remember, Animal Collective are no strangers to the Grateful Dead, having gotten the first ever licensed Grateful Dead sample in their song "What Would I Want? Sky."

Meanwhile, to hear some Dead tunes in a live environment, the ongoing Phil Lesh & Friends residency at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre continues this weekend with shows tonight (tickets) and Saturday (sold out). You can also get tickets to their upcoming shows the following two Fridays and Saturdays -- 11/21, 11/22, 11/28, and 11/29. Phil also plays three shows leading up to New Year's Eve at that venue with JRAD. 12/30 and 12/31 are sold out, but tickets to 12/29 go on sale today at noon.

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The National @ Barclays Center in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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If you haven't seen the National documentary 'Mistaken For Strangers' yet, July 7 is your chance when it screens for $5.00 at City Winery in NYC (try not to drink all the wine... because then you won't remember the movie!). One night earlier City Winery is screening a documentary about one of The National's favorite bands, the Grateful Dead. That one is free (don't take the brown acid).

The National movie recently opened across Europe where The National will be touring next week. All dates are listed below, even the ones they cancelled in Russka and Ukraine. In April they announced:

Due to the ongoing political crisis in the region, we are sad to report that we have decided to cancel our shows in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev this summer. Ticket refunds are available at the point of purchase. We remain hopeful of coming to play for you in the future and we sincerely hope this current instability resolves in a positive, democratic and peaceful way. Take care of yourselves and we hope to see you soon.
They'll see the U.S. again in August whtn they play a series of festival dates including Made in America in Philly, Boston Calling in Boston, and Riot Fest in Chicago and Toronto. Their most recent NYC shows were in Prospect Park for three nights in a row. We also caught them this year at Sasquatch, in Austin, and in Chicago.

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Megafaun

We recently mentioned that Megafaun were on a short tour which wraps up in NYC TONIGHT (5/2) at Baby's All Right (tickets) and that SPECIAL GUESTS are promised. We still don't know for sure who the guests at tonight's show will be, but we do know that Bon Iver's Justin Vernon joined them at both of their Durham, NC shows this week, and at the second one The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle and Hiss Golden Messenger's Mike Taylor joined them as well.

On night 2, Justin sang on a cover of Johnny Cash's "Unchained," and then he played guitar as John Darnielle sang on a cover of The Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil." (As you may remember, Megafaun and Justin Vernon are both contributing to The National's Grateful Dead tribute album.) Hiss Golden Messenger did a HGM song, "Mahagony Dread," which will appear on his new album for Merge.

Watch videos of those 3 songs via Indy Week (via Pitchfork), below...

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