Deadheads were abuzz when the four original surviving members of the Grateful Dead — Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir — announced they'd be reuniting to play all together for the last time, with some very special guests, in a giant July Fourth weekend blow-out at Chicago's Soldier Field.
Tickets to "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" sold out in seconds, scalpers walked away with fatty bundles, and far too many Deadheads were left in the lurch and were none too happy about it. Eventually, a few more shows were added in Santa Clara, Calif. on June 27 and 28, fans were offered exclusive access, and yesterday, Live Alliance announced that it will air a live Pay-Per-View broadcast of both the June and July 3-5 concerts in what is expected to be the largest syndication of a live music event in history.
The five-day, 15-hour Pay-Per-View special, distributed by MultiVision Media to both satellite and cable providers, will be made available to watch in homes, online and on mobile devices, in clubs, music venues, bars, and movie theaters nationwide (through Fathom Events); the intermission will feature taped interviews with special guests, live fan interviews and aerial shots from Soldier Field, a short documentary on the Grateful Dead directed by Justin Kreutzmann, and other tidbits. Beginning next Thurs., May 1, Dead50 will offer a special pre-sale offer to purchase the webcast of all five nights for $79.95, available through May 15. After that, each Chicago show will cost $29.95 to watch on TV or online, and each California show will cost $19.95 to watch online.Fans unable to tune-in to the real time broadcast can get it via Video-on-Demand for 45 days.
But ... the summer is rather far away. Right in time to whet Deadhead appetites while they await the concerts (or the broadcasts of them), Fathom Events presents its fifth annual nationwide meet-up/screening event, Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies 2015. This year's edition features a concert previously unreleased on film: July 19, 1989, recorded in East Troy, Wis. at the famed Alpine Valley amphitheater and taken from the analog masters of the multi-camera video shoot.
Two Bay area theaters host Meet-Ups on Mon., May 4, at 7 p.m. — AMC Woodland Square 20 with IMAX, 3128 Tampa Road, Oldsmar; and Regal Park Place Stadium 16 with RPX, 7200 US 19 N., Pinellas Park
Setlist from the show below:
Hell In A Bucket, Sugaree, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Althea, Victim Or The Crime-> West L.A. Fadeaway, Desolation Row-> Deal Box Of Rain-> Foolish Heart-> Looks Like Rain, Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Jam-> The Other One-> The Wheel-> Morning Dew; E: Turn On Your Love Light