The Grateful Dead have played their final ever show, performing the last of three shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Sunday (July 5).
The legendary band have teamed up with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio for the gigs, replacing frontman Jerry Garcia. Garcia died in August 1995 of a heart attack during his stay at a drug rehabilitation facility in California.
The venue, Soldier Field, was the setting of the band’s final show with Garcia, which took place in July 1995. 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’.
Marking their 50th anniversary, The Grateful Dead played the last leg of their ‘Fare Thee Well’ tour. Watch footage from the show below.
Drummer Mickey Hart closed the show by telling the crowd: “The feeling we have here – remember it, take it home and do some good with it. I’ll leave you with this: Please, be kind.”
Meanwhile, the Empire State Building marked a tribute to the Grateful Dead on Saturday (July 4), changing its lighting to be in sync with the show lights at the band’s Chicago gig. See footage of that beneath.