An Encore in Disguise: The Grateful Dead’s (Purported) Last Concert
Today, we commemorate an intriguing bit of rock history. Exactly eight years ago, the Grateful Dead allegedly put a full stop to their illustrious career with a concert at Soldier Field in Chicago. It was July 5th, 2015, the grand climax of a three-night spree that marked the end of the ‘Fare Thee Well’ tour, celebrated for the band’s 50th anniversary.
As the official story went, this tour was the swansong for the iconic quartet: Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann. Indeed, at the time, the PR spin was all about this being their last bow. But in the twist of events that only the Dead can pull off, Weir, Hart, and Kreutzmann reincarnated as Dead & Company, barely a few months later. And guess what? The band is back on tour this summer, though they claim it’s their last. Oh, the irony! Were you among the privileged fans who witnessed the Grateful Dead perform live?