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Stream the Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well Chicago Shows

July 9, 2015

The Grateful Dead reunited last weekend for three final, sold-out shows at Chicago's Soldier Field, and now, audio from each gig is available to stream via New Hampshire radio station, WMWV. After two warm-up shows in the Bay Area, the Dead —...

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Grateful Dead Guitar Brings Over $500,000 at Auction

July 6, 2015

An electric guitar signed by Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann was auctioned for $526,000 on Sunday during the band's epic "Fare Thee Well" concert in Chicago. The commemorative six-string – played...

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The Grateful Dead Say Farewell: The View From the Bowl

July 6, 2015

A definition of symmetry: On May 5th, 1965, the Warlocks – a San Francisco rock band that would soon rename themselves the Grateful Dead – played their first show at a pizza parlor, Magoo's, in Menlo Park. Fifty years later, on July 5th, I...

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Barack Obama Pens Tribute to 'Iconic' Grateful Dead

July 5, 2015

As the Grateful Dead prepare to bid you goodnight with one final Fare Thee Well show at Chicago's Soldier Field Sunday night, President Barack Obama, a longtime Chicagoan, has paid tribute to the long-running jam legends with a message...

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Watch the Grateful Dead's Unique July 4th Light Show

July 5, 2015

The Grateful Dead celebrated Independence Day Saturday night with a synchronized light show atop the Empire State Building in New York City that was broadcast live to the sold-out crowd at Chicago's Soldier Field during the band's encore performance...

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Grateful Dead's Goodbye, Night One: Classics and Curveballs

July 4, 2015

They came from the East, the West, the North and the South Side, pilgrims all: the stoned and the rehabbed, wistful greybeards and start-up dreamers, pungent trustafarians and parking-lot strivers, CEOs and short-sellers, doctors and lawyers, dealers...

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Jerry Garcia Inspires New Video-Editing Program

July 2, 2015

Jerry Garcia has been the subject of countless tributes: He was honored with a wax figure, a statue of his right hand, with its famously stubby middle finger, stands in the Jerry Garcia Glen at the Santa Barbara Bowl and, of course, the Grateful...

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Grateful Dead Announce Box Set Releases of Final Concerts

June 25, 2015

The Grateful Dead will issue CDs and video of their upcoming "Fare Thee Well" concerts under the title Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead this fall. The concerts, scheduled to take place over July 3rd, 4th and 5th at Chicago's...

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SiriusXM Will Broadcast Final Grateful Dead Concerts

June 4, 2015

SiriusXM's exclusive Grateful Dead station, channel 23, will broadcast the band's final "Fare Thee Well" concerts from Soldier Field in Chicago on July 3rd, 4th and 5th starting at 9:15 p.m. ET. The shows will also be available on the SiriusXM...

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Hear Chris Robinson Brotherhood's Smooth Grateful Dead Cover

June 1, 2015

On June 2nd, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood will release the limited-edition Betty's Blends, Volume Two: Best From the West, which collects seven live recordings the outfit made during its Spring 2014 West Coast tour. Below, hear one of the...

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My Favorite Dead Song: Dave Matthews, Black Keys and More

May 27, 2015

As detailed in Rolling Stone cover story, the Grateful Dead are preparing to officially call it quits after 50 years with their series of Fare Thee Well shows. Their absence will end a legacy that continues to span rock, pop,...

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Grateful Dead End 50-Year Career With Magnificent Final Show

July 6, 2015

"I have spent my life/Seeking all that's still unsung/Bent my ear to hear the tune," sang Phil Lesh last night, harmonizing with colleagues new and old, on "Attics of My Life," the final song of a fraught, moving, ultimately magnificent five-night, two-state...

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Grateful Dead's Goodbye, Night Two: Chemistry Lost

July 5, 2015

And that's the thing about Grateful Dead shows. Sometimes everything comes together. Other times? Not so much. Night Number Two of the three-night Fare Thee Well goodbye shows at Chicago's Soldier Field had moments, as every Dead show has moments. There...

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The Grateful Dead Say Farewell: The View From the Balcony

July 4, 2015

In 1968, only three years into their long, strange trip, the Grateful Dead came up with a radical idea for sharing their already singular, performing alchemy. Instead of taking their live experience to America city by city, they would bring the multitudes...

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The Dead Live Again: What's Changed at Soldier Field

July 4, 2015

Last night, the surviving "core four" members of the Grateful Dead began their three-night stand at Chicago's Soldier Field after two earlier, quasi-warmup shows in Santa Clara, California, the weekend before. With it came the return not only of a certain...

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Watch the Scene From Grateful Dead's First Farewell Show

July 2, 2015

The Grateful Dead are celebrating their 50th anniversary and playing their final shows ever at Chicago's Soldier Field this weekend. But before their last blowout, they returned to their roots for a pair of hometown Bay Area shows in Santa...

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Trey Anastasio on His Huge Summer With the Dead and Phish

June 24, 2015

Trey Anastasio isn't taking his job as singer-guitarist at the Grateful Dead's reunion shows lightly. In preparation for the Fare Thee Well concerts (which start on June 27th), Anastasio has been shuttling between the houses of surviving members...

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Inside the Grateful Dead's New 80-Disc Box Set

June 2, 2015

On October 27th, 1979, the Grateful Dead pulled up to the third stop on their fall tour that year — the Cape Cod Coliseum in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts — for the first of two concerts there. It was not an auspicious setting. The venue...

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Grateful Dead Offer Up Chicago VIP Passes in Airbnb Contest

May 29, 2015

The only thing that sold out faster than tickets to the Grateful Dead's three farewell shows in Chicago were the city's available hotel rooms for the July 4th weekend. Thankfully, Airbnb has helped alleviate the lack of lodging for Deadheads by teaming...

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Bill Kreutzmann on Grateful Dead's LSD-Tinted 'Playboy' Show

May 22, 2015

Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann joined the band over 50 years ago, and he amassed some incredible stories throughout his tenure with the psychedelic jam-rock legends. One of the funniest tales – which he shared this week on Conan...

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