The Grateful Dead ostensibly closed up shop after their Fare Thee Well shows with Trey Anastasio this past summer, but there’s been a steady stream of news emanating from the band’s camp since then. Most noteworthy is the upcoming Dead & Company tour, which pairs esteemed Core Four members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann with John Mayer. Fans can also look forward to the November 20th release of music from the three Chicago Fare Thee Well shows in several different formats, including a mammoth 12-CD and 7-DVD-or-Blu-ray set containing the entirety of the Soldier Field run, limited to 20,000 copies and available exclusively through dead.net. We’re premiering a version of the American Beauty classic “Truckin'” from the final Chicago show, which shows off the easy rapport the band established with their featured guest.
The exclusive dead.net versions of the Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead box include a bonus disc with more than two hours of behind-the scenes footage — directed by Kreutzmann’s son, Justin, who also helmed the concert footage — as well as Circles Around the Sun’s complete intermission music for the three Soldier Field shows.
The Dead & Company tour begins October 29th in Albany, New York, and continues through New Year’s Eve.