The Grateful Dead band emerged from the hippie movement in California in the 1960s and quickly influenced American culture. In this coming July, the surviving members of the band will hold their final performance at Soldier Field Stadium, Chicago, on the 50th anniversary of its founding (1965).
Grateful Dead Band is an iconic American rock band that was formed in 1965. They have been called the pioneer of what would become a worldwide Grateful Dead movement, and they are still going strong to this day. Grateful Dead has toured extensively, but never with all four original members at once until now! In the summer of 2016 Grateful Dead will embark on their final tour together, which will be fittingly called “Fare Thee Well.”
What is the Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead was formed in 1965 by Jerry Garcia (guitar), Bob Weir (guitar), Phil Lesh (bass), and Bill Kreutzmann (drums). They got their start playing small clubs and bars in San Francisco and quickly gained a large following Grateful Dead is an iconic American rock band that was formed in 1965. They have been called the pioneer of what would become a worldwide Grateful Dead movement, and they are still going strong to this day.\
Grateful Dead has toured extensively, but never with all four original members at once until now! In the summer of 2016 Grateful Dead will embark on their final tour together, which will be fittingly called “Fare Thee Well.”
Soldier Field is where the Grateful Dead performed its last performance with mainstay member Jerry Garcia in July 1995, after decades of touring.
Garcia is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the Grateful Dead. He died 1 month after the concert at Soldier Field. His departure marks the end of a cultural era in which “deadheads” have accompanied them on musical adventures.
Last chance for the “Deadheads” to get back together
The reunion concert will feature the live band members, including Mickey Hart (71 years old), Bill Kreutzmann (68 years old), Phil Lesh (74 years old), and Bob Weir (67 years old), and 3 guest artists to fill Garcia’s blank. “These will be the last performances with the four of us,” Weir told Billboard.
Trixie Garcia, Garcia’s daughter, expressed hope that these concerts will provide an opportunity for the “Deadheads” to get together again. “What’s great is that the performances of a famous American rock band are held at Soldier Field Stadium on July 4 – American Independence Day,” she said.
Among the artists participating in the performance was Trey Anastasio, singer, and guitarist of Phish – a band considered the successor to Grateful Dead’s improvised musical style.
Anastasio said that when he received the invitation of Grateful Dead, he agreed to participate immediately. “I read Phil Lesh’s heartfelt letter, in which Lesh wrote that he and three other members of the band hoped I would join their performance. I didn’t hesitate and immediately agreed. It was an honor to be part of the band’s final performances,” said Anastasio.
In addition, there is the presence of pianist and singer Bruce Hornsby, who previously collaborated regularly with the Grateful Dead; keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, who played in post-Grateful Dead bands.
The surviving members of the Grateful Dead have reunited to perform several times in the past, including a 2008 performance in support of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.
However, later on, the members of the Grateful Dead grew tired, after years of touring too much. In August, Weir canceled all tours with the band RatDog, including a performance in Jamaica this month. However, he still wanted to perform one more time under the name Grateful Dead.
“We reunited the Grateful Dead for the last time, to not only honor the band’s legacy but also to show respect and gratitude to those who have stood by us over the past 50 years,” Lesh said express.
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Tributes to a legendary band
In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the Grateful Dead at number 57 on its list of the 100 greatest artists and groups of artists of all time.
– On February 10, 2007, Grateful Dead was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
– On May 23, 2011, the Grateful Dead concert program at Cornell University (May 8, 1977), was included in the National Archives Center of the Library of Congress.
Great influence on American culture
The Grateful Dead Band has had a strong influence on American culture, although it has never achieved great commercial success. To date, Touch of Gray is the only song by the band to enter the Top 10 of the best-selling songs in the US. Grateful Dead performed the song live for five years before its release in 1987.
Instead of making a commercial profit, Grateful Dead pioneered the relationship between singers, songwriters, and fans, by not only allowing but also encouraging fans to pirate their songs. The result of this is that fans have created hundreds of “piracy” discs and freely shared them with each other.
The communal nature evident at the live concerts has made the Grateful Dead an important spiritual value for many Americans living in America’s booming birth rate. The band influenced a number of people who later became very successful in life, including former Vice President Al Gore and Steve Jobs.
The Grateful Dead will show sticking to its roots, as it continues to sell and send tickets to upcoming shows to fans via mail. However, in a sign of change, they also sell tickets online, in addition to VIP care packages, including hotel rooms and private seats in the stands.
After the Grateful Dead announced these final acts, many “Deadheads” responded. Still, they wondered why the band had performed their farewell concert in Chicago and not in California, where they had made their name.
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