Grateful Dead going on final tour
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The four surviving members of the Grateful Dead are getting ready to launch their farewell mini-tour in Northern California, where the legendary jam band got its start 50 years ago.
The first of the Dead's five "Fare Thee Well" shows is scheduled for Saturday night at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. They will perform there again Sunday before heading to Chicago for three shows at Soldier Field on July 3, 4 and 5.
Soldier Field is where the Grateful Dead last played as a group before the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia in August 1995.
The band's so-called "core four" - Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann - insist July 5 will be their last concert together.
Phish front man Trey Anastasio has been recruited as Garcia's stand-in on guitar and vocals.