SiriusXM announced today that it will broadcast the Grateful Dead’s three-day concert series Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Greatful Dead live July 3-5 from Chicago’s Soldier Field on its dedicated Grateful Dead Channel.
For Deadheads everywhere unable to score tickets to one of the summer’s most profitable concerts (210,000 tickets sold out within an hour on Feb. 28, and it could “easily generate $250 million in total revenue,” as Billboard reported) , this comes as a welcome alternative.
“As generations of Dead fans eagerly anticipate these historic shows, we are thrilled that our subscribers who were not able to get tickets will still be able to experience this iconic band performing together one last time," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM.
Produced in collaboration with the band, the dedicated channel’s hosts, David Gans and Gary Lambert, will do a special edition of their weekly talk show “Tales from the Golden Road” before and after the concerts. Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux will be a special guest.
This reunion series in Chicago will be the last time the Dead, now consisting of Bob Weir, 67; Phil Lesh, 75; Mickey Hart, 71; and Bill Kreutzmann 69, perform together live.