The band hadn't played under the name since Jerry Garcia died in 1995
The Grateful Dead played the first of five final shows marking their 50th anniversary.
The American band teamed up with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio for the first of two gigs at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The three more gigs will follow at Chicago’s Soldier Field, where the band’s last performance with frontman Jerry Garcia took place on July 1995.
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According to reports, the group played a three hour long show with two sets and an encore. See footage below and check out the setlist.
Uncle John’s Band
Cream Puff War
Viola Lee Blues
Turn On Your Love Light
What’s Become Of The Baby
The Other One
Jerry Garcia died in August 1995 of a heart attack during his stay at a drug rehabilitation facility in California. The remainder of the band (Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann) have not performed live under the name since, instead touring as ‘The Dead’ or ‘The Other Ones’.
The band’s final outing in Chicago will be shown at 250 cinemas across the UK on July 6, the day after the gig in question. Venues are still to be announced, with tickets going on sale next week (May 13) here.
The trio of gigs will take place at Chicago’s Soldier Field from July 3-5, with the band playing warm-up shows in their hometown of San Francisco on June 27 and 28.