To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead, the "core four" original members - Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir - will reunite at Chicago's Soldier Field for one of the most anticipated concert events in recent history. Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead will occur over three nights on July 3, 4, and 5, 2015, marking the original members' last-ever performance together.
The band will be joined by Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano). The group will perform two sets of music each night, nearly 20 years to the day of the last ever Grateful Dead concert with Jerry Garcia, which took place at the same historic venue.
Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead will be available November 20 from Rhino/Grateful Dead in a variety of audio and video formats, outlined below. Dead.net, the official Grateful Dead website, is the only place fans can get complete audio and video for all three shows.
The two dead.net exclusive versions, one 12-CD/7-Blu-ray and the other 12-CD/7-DVD, will each be limited to 20,000 individually numbered copies on their first run. The dead.net versions will also feature an exclusive bonus disc featuring a behind-the-scenes look captured by Justin Kreutzmann.
Included on the disc will be 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.
Fare Thee Well - Dead.net Exclusive Complete Versions
- 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
- 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.