After 50 years of truckin’ around the globe, the "core four" original Grateful Dead members are celebrating with a highly anticipated final performance and an audio and video release of Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead in November.
The band will kick off its tour in Santa Clara, California, on June 27 and play two nights before continuing on to Chicago. There, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir will reunite at Chicago's Soldier Field, nearly 20 years to the day of the last-ever Grateful Dead concert with Jerry Garcia, which took place at the same historic venue. They will be joined by Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano). This will be the final performance of the original four band members.
Then, on November 20, the band will release the multi-disc package Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead. The set will be available in a variety of formats—CD, DVD, Blu-ray and digital download—and include the final tour shows.
Two of the releases—the 12-CD/7-Blu-ray and 12-CD/7-DVD sets—are packed with additional bonus material and are available only through the official Grateful Dead website. They are each limited to 20,000 individually numbered copies on their first run.
These two special releases from Dead.net include an exclusive bonus disc featuring a behind-the-scenes look captured by Justin Kreutzman, footage from the Grateful Dead ticketing office documenting the 350,000 plus tickets requests received for the shows, vignettes from the parking lot scene at Soldier Field and backstage material from the shows themselves. All versions can be preordered from Dead.net.
Fare Thee Well Dead.net Exclusive Complete Versions include:
• 12-CD/7-Blu-ray Complete Version - Full audio and high-definition video from all three shows on CD and Blu-ray plus exclusive bonus disc of behind-the-scenes footage. Individually numbered, limited edition of 20,000.
• 12-CD/7-DVD Complete Version - Full audio and video from all three shows on CD and DVD plus exclusive bonus disc of behind-the-scenes footage. Individually numbered, limited edition of 20,000.
Fare Thee Well retail versions include:
• 4-CD/2-Blu-ray Version - Full audio and high-definition video from final show (July 5) on CD and Blu-ray.
• 4-CD/2-DVD Version - Full audio and video from final show (July 5) on CD and DVD.
• 2-Blu-ray Version - Full high-definition video from final show (July 5) on Blu-ray.
• 2-DVD Version - Full video from final show (July 5) on DVD.
• 2-CD "Best Of" Version - Audio highlights from all three shows.
• Digital Download - Audio and video from the final show (July 5) will be available as well as audio from the "Best Of" version.