Bob Weir says the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary reunion shows on July 3rd, 4th and 5th at Soldier Field in Chicago will mark the end for the band's "core four" -- Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. He says, "These will be the last shows with the four of us together."
Weir adds that they thought of numerous ways to bring the Dead to an end. "We had to sort through a number of options. Were we going to do a festival-style event or go back to our classic mode of an evening with the band? We narrowed it down to: Let's just do it simple and clean."
Promoters were all over the band with offers. One had them staging in Indio, California, sight of Coachella; another was for $3 million to headline Bonnaroo. Chicago won out because not only was it where Jerry Garcia did his last shows with the band in 1995, but because it is centrally located. And as for it being held over the July 4th weekend, Jerry's daughter, Trixie, says, "This is an amazing American rock band being celebrated on America's birthday." (Premier)