The Chicago gig will be shown across 250 UK cinemas in July
The Grateful Dead‘s last-ever show will be shown in UK cinemas this summer.
The American band will reform for three 50th anniversary shows in July with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. The gigs will take place at Chicago’s Soldier Field, where the band’s last performance with Jerry Garcia took place on July 1995.
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’.
But now the band’s final outing 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.
Game Of Thrones author George RR Martin recently revealed that The Grateful Dead are among his biggest influences. The writer, whose fantasy novels have been adapted into the hugely successful HBO drama, explained how the band inspire him in a new interview with Billboard.
In the interview, Martin said he was “certainly a fan of The Grateful Dead,” adding that “My wife Paris is perhaps more of a fan of The Grateful Dead than I am.” Martin then went on to say the the band influenced his early novel The Armageddon Rag the most, and that the Weirwood trees familiar to readers and viewers take their name from Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir.
“I have Grateful Dead lyrics rattling around in my head all the time,” Martin says. “‘Ripple’ is one of my favorite songs of all time… [quoting the song] ‘There is a road, no simple highway.'”