Great news for all my fellow deadheads out there. The Grateful Dead are celebrating 50 years with a three-day anniversary reunion this summer. Fare Thee Well will mark the last time the four remaining dead members play on stage together.
Trey Anastasio of Phish was recruited to play at the celebration. In my opinion, he is the obvious choice and a perfect fit to complete the experience. I never considered myself a Phish head. However, I saw the band perform when they headlined Bonnaroo in 2012 and was blown away. The performance lasted for over three hours, and even with my unfamiliarity with their music, I loved every minute of it. The best part of seeing Phish live was experiencing the intensity of their loyal fan base. I stood among a sea of Phish concert tees and uncontrollable smiles.
I would love to have had the chance to see the Grateful Dead in their prime. The closest I have come is seeing “The Gratefully Deadicated Sound System” at Evolve. The small East Coast Canadian music festival repeatedly features Rory Levy- a Toronto DJ who blends together live footage to create a deadly unique experience.
Hopefully I can make my way to Chicago in July to catch the anniversary concert. In the meantime, “The Closing of Winterland” live concert DVD will have to suffice.