This weekend, the legendary band The Grateful Dead will hit the stage for a final round of concerts at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The three concerts will take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (July 3, 4, and 5), all starting at 7PM.
The San Francisco band became a mainstay in the stadium touring scene from the 1970’s until lead singer and guitarist Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. Along the way they garnered an army of deadhead followers and, in the 90’s alone, earned $285 million from performing.
Taking Garcia’s place in the line up for this weekend’s gigs will be Trey Anastasio of Phish.
“I’ve made a conscious effort to learn everything I could about Jerry’s incredible style,” Anastastio told Rolling Stone Magazine. “I’m playing in different positions on the neck. It’s opened up a whole world of people I’d never listened to before. I’m exploring this Fifties and early Sixties country stuff. The other thing has to do with songwriting. When you get inside of these songs, especially the Garcia-Hunter ones, they’re so vivid – the lyrics, the spacing, the intent.”
Limited ticket availability can be found at ticketmaster. Or you can hit the pre-concert parking lot scene and hope for a ‘miracle.’