Looks like the Grateful Dead (with Trey Anastasio of Phish) may be considering additional concerts before their previously-announced (and incredibly popular) ‘Fare Thee Well’ shows in Chicago on July 4th weekend.
According to news from the Hollywood Reporter, the musicians may be considering adding two more gigs at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on June 27 and 28. From the piece:
A report on the fan blog hypemusicfestivals.com first put out the “rumor” that the Dead would soon be announcing two more shows the weekend before Fare Thee Well in Chicago, which would be June 27-28.
Billboard’s own sources lends credence to that report, adding that the venue could be 68,500 capacity Levi’s Stadium (San Francisco’s AT&T Park has also apparently been discussed), and producers would likely be the same as Fare The Well: Peter Shapiro with Madison House. Attempts to contact Shapiro were not immediately successful. The Fare The Well shows, featuring the original Dead members with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, are sold out at 210,000, with ticket requests in the millions.
THR points out accurately that Santa Clara is actually the ‘birthplace of the Dead’, so staging some farewell shows there would make a lot of sense given the context of the band, while also allowing the original ‘final’ gigs in Chicago to serve as a proper farewell for the band in its 50th anniversary year.
UPDATE: Though it has not been confirmed, noted Deadhead/NBA icon Bill Walton apparently tweeted something about additional Fare Thee Well shows at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on June 27 and 28, as confirmed by San Francisco journalist Aidin Vaziri:
Grateful Dead fans are noting @BillWalton Tweeted and deleted: Fare Thee Well tour to include two concerts June 27-28 at Levi’s Stadium."
— Aidin Vaziri (@MusicSF) March 24, 2015