Grateful Dead – July 1978:The Complete Recordings
“As an archivist and Dead Head, this boxed set is about as exciting as it gets. Musically, it features five exhilarating, dynamic nights in the summer of 1978. The sound quality is impeccable, as would be expected from Betty Cantor-Jackson’s always-pristine recordings. The rarity of the first three nights, and the hall-of-fame pedigree of the last two, makes this one of the most astonishing Grateful Dead releases ever. Collaborating with the owners of these tapes, we are very pleased to see these important historical documents returned home and now shared with the world.”
– David Lemieux
Five Complete Shows on 12 discs
• 7/1/78 Arrowhead Stadium: Kansas City, MO
• 7/3/78 St. Paul Civic Center Arena: St. Paul, MN
• 7/5/78 Omaha Civic Auditorium: Omaha, NE
• 7/7/78 Red Rocks Amphitheatre: Morrison, CO
• 7/8/78 Red Rocks Amphitheatre: Morrison, CO
Mastered in HDCD by Jeffrey Norman
Artwork by esteemed cartoonist Paul Pope
Intro and show-by-show liner notes by Nicholas Meriwether
Producer’s Note by David Lemieux
Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 15,000
Release Date: May 13, 2016
From The Grateful Dead
“Come one, come all! Join us as we boogie down the aisles of your local moving picture house for the 6th Annual Meet-Up At The Movies. This year’s special cinema event is a bona fide classic – the previously unreleased Grateful Dead concert from Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on July 2, 1989. Catch the Dead in fine form, kicking off their summer tour to a sold-out crowd of more than 60,000 fans, and pulling out surprises at every turn – from the rare show-opener “Playing In The Band” to the only time they ever started a second set with “Friend Of The Devil.”
The concert also includes a spectacular performance of “Wang Dang Doodle,” one of the band’s finest sing-along versions of “Tennessee Jed,” two Bob Dylan covers (“Queen Jane Approximately” and “Quinn The Eskimo”) along with a medley of Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy” segued into the Beatles’ “Hey Jude.” Not to mention a sequence that will bring you back to the Dead circa 1973: “Truckin'”> “He’s Gone”> “Eyes Of The World.”
And if that’s not enough, we’ve got an exclusive interview with Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux on the making of the upcoming 12-disc July 1978: The Complete Recordings boxed set as well as previously unseen performance footage from Dead & Company.
“Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies: Sullivan Stadium 7/2/89” will only be playing on the silver screen for one night! Come out and connect with Dead Heads in your neighborhood on Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00pm local time.
Tickets are now available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.”
Dead and Compnay 2016 Tour Dates
Jun. 10th – PNC Music Pavillion in Charlotte, NC
Jun. 16th – Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH
Jun. 17th – Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, IN
Jun. 20nd – BB&T Pavillion in Camden, NJ
Jun. 21st – Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
Jun. 23rd – Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
Jun. 25th – Citi Field in New York, NY
Jun. 26th – Citi Field in New York, NY
Jun. 28th – Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT
Jul. 2nd – Folsom Field in Boulder, CO
Jul. 3rd – Folsom Field in Boulder, CO
Jul. 7th – DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI
Jul. 9th – Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Elkhorn, WI
Jul. 10th – Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Elkhorn, WI
Jul. 13th – First Niagara Pavilion in Pittsburgh, PA
Jul. 15th – Fenway Park in Boston, MA
Jul. 16th – Fenway Park in Boston, MA
From The Grateful Dead
“So… anything interesting happen since the last Almanac? We kid, of course! 2015 has been among the most eventful and memorable years in the still-unfolding history of the Grateful Dead and the extended family of Dead Heads — a year that brought to a close one phase of that history, but simultaneously opened up a realm of infinite possibilities for the future; a year in which the importance and influence of the Dead was acknowledged and honored around the world, and interest in the band reached what may well be an all-time high.”
Each day in November Dead.net will be giving away a high-quality 320Kbps MP3 download. That’s 30 days of unreleased Grateful Dead tracks from the vault, selected by Dead archivist and producer David Lemieux!
1st – Sunrise
2nd – Crazy Fingers
3rd – Comes A Time
4th – Estimated Prophet
5th – Dupree’s Diamond Blues
6th – Feel Like A Stranger
7th – Dark Star
8th – China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider
9th – The Music Never Stopped
10th – He’s Gone>Jam
11th – Uncle John’s Band> U.S. Blues
12th – Foolish Heart
13th – Lost Sailor>Saint Of Circumstance
14th – My Brother Esau
15th – New Potato Caboose
16th – The Other One>Jam>I Know You Rider
17th – St. Stephen
18th – Blow Away
19th – Ship Of Fools
20th – Hell In A Bucket
21st – Far From Me
22nd – You Don’t Have To Ask
23rd – China Doll
24th – Black Throated Wind
25th – Operator
26th – Althea
27th – They Love Each Other
28th – Box Of Rain
29th – Lazy River Road
30th – Uncle John’s Band
Announcing The Dead & Company Thanksgiving 2015 2-Night Run at The MGM Grand Garden Arena November 27th and 28th, 2015. Dead & Company will feature Grateful Dead Members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, with special guests John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge.
“Having Fare Thee Well withdraws? We are too! Relive the auditory bliss over Labor Day weekend when SiriusXM’s Grateful Dead Channel rebroadcasts the 3 historic concerts from Chicago’s Soldier Field. Check out the schedule here. What’s more, from now through September 8, anyone with an unsubscribed satellite radio can hear 60 SiriusXM channels for free, including the Grateful Dead Channel! Just turn it on and start listening.”
SATURDAY 9/5 at 3 am ET: THE JULY 3RD CONCERT
SATURDAY 9/5 at 12 NOON ET: THE JULY 4TH CONCERT
SATURDAY 9/5 at 9 pm ET: THE JULY 5TH CONCERT
SUNDAY 9/6 at 3 am ET: THE JULY 5TH CONCERT
SUNDAY 9/6 at12 NOON: THE JULY 3RD CONCERT
SUNDAY 9/6 at 9 pm ET: THE JULY 4TH CONCERT
MONDAY 9/7 at 3 am ET: THE JULY 4TH CONCERT
MONDAY 9/7 at 12 NOON: THE JULY 5TH CONCERT
MONDAY 9/7 at 9 pm ET: THE JULY 3RD CONCERT
“Fare Thee Well Complete Box Set – the complete Chicago Experience with 12-CD/7-Blu-Ray or DVD. Full audio and high-definition video from all three shows on CD and Blu-Ray or DVD. Exclusive bonus disc of behind-the-scene footage. Individually numbered, limited edition of 20,000.”
The release date is set for November 20th, 2015. Pre-order the Fare Thee Well Complete Box Set at Dead.net.
July 3rd, 2015
Box Of Rain
The Music Never Stopped
Fire On The Mountain
New Potato Caboose
Playing In The Band
Let It Grow
Help On The Way
July 4th, 2015
Standing On The Moon
Me & My Uncle
Little Red Rooster
Friend Of The Devil
The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
Saint Of Circumstance
West L.A. Fadeaway
One More Saturday Night
July 5th, 2015
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Built To Last
Samson & Delilah
Mountains Of The Moon
Not Fade Away
Touch Of Grey
Attics Of My Life
From Dead & Company
“The news is out, all over town… Mickey, Bill, and Bob have joined forces with Grammy Winning singer/guitarist John Mayer to form the band Dead and Company. The band will take the stage at the legendary Madison Square Garden on Halloween night, October 31, 2015 and will perform two sets of music drawing largely from the Dead’s historic catalog of songs.
The Fare Thee Well shows were a record-setting success, and ignited enthusiasm for more concerts featuring Grateful Dead members. “There is a place where music, dreams and magic come together,” said Hart. “Grateful Dead music is a portal to that place. It was built to last!”
“Fare Thee Well proved to me that I’m not done exploring new rhythmic territory with Mickey – I’m recommending that everyone puts their helmet on, because we are going to blast our way into some serious drums and space,” said Kreutzmann. “And with Mayer riding shotgun with Weir – we’re in good company, so to speak.”
Mayer will join Hart, Kreutzmann and Weir, along with Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. “I deeply love the Dead’s music, and it has inspired me in ways I never imagined. To help carry this music is the opportunity and the honor of a lifetime,” Mayer said.
“We’re not done with these songs and they’re not done with us,” said Weir. “We’re gonna take these old friends on some new adventures.”
Tickets will go on-sale to the general public Friday, August 14th at 10am ET. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, August 10th at 10am local through Thursday, August 13th at 10pm local. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. Top tier tickets will be priced under $100, and a number of $50 tickets will be made available in honor of the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary.”
Announced Tour Dates
Oct. 31 Madison Square Garden New York, NY
Nov. 1 Madison Square Garden New York, NY
From The Grateful Dead
“To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir will reunite at Chicago’s Soldier Field, nearly 20 years to the day of the last-ever Grateful Dead concert, which took place at the same venue. “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” will take place over three nights – July 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2015 – and mark the original members’ last-ever performance together. The band will be joined by Trey Anastasio (Guitar), Jeff Chimenti (Keyboards) and Bruce Hornsby (Piano), and will perform two sets of music each night.”
“To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir will reunite at Chicago’s Soldier Field, nearly 20 years to the day of the last-ever Grateful Dead concert, which took place at the same venue. “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” will take place over three nights – July 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2015 – and mark the original members’ last-ever performance together. The band will be joined by Trey Anastasio (Guitar), Jeff Chimenti (Keyboards) and Bruce Hornsby (Piano), and will perform two sets of music each night.
In the tradition of the original Grateful Dead Ticketing Service, tickets will be available via a first come first serve mail order system starting on January 20th, followed by an online pre-sale through Dead Online Ticketing February 12th and will be available online to the general public on February 14th via Ticketmaster.”
“We are more than pleased to announce the Grateful Dead’s most ambitious release ever: 30 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN . Available as both an 80-disc boxed set and a custom lightning-bolt USB drive, the collection includes 30 unreleased live shows, one for each year the band was together from 1966 to 1995, along with one track from their earliest recording sessions in 1965. Packed with over 73 hours of music, both the boxed set and the USB drive will be individually numbered limited editions. Both are now available for pre-order exclusively at Dead.net and scheduled to be released on September 18th.
The 80-disc boxed set is individually numbered and limited to 6,500 copies, a nod to the band’s formation in 1965. Along with the CDs, it also includes a gold-colored 7-inch vinyl single which bookends the band’s career. The A-side is “Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)” from the band’s earliest recording session in 1965 with the B-side of the last song the band ever performed together live, “Box Of Rain” recorded during their final encore at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 9, 1995.
The box also comes with a 288-page book that features an extensive, career-spanning essay written by Nick Meriwether, who oversees the Dead archives at the University of California, Santa Cruz, along with special remembrances of the band submitted by fans. Also included is a scroll that offers a visual representation of how the band’s live repertoire has evolved through the years.
The USB drive version will be shaped like a gold lightning bolt with the Grateful Dead 50th anniversary logo engraved on the side. The drive includes all of the music from the collection in both FLAC (96/24) and 320 KBPS MP3 formats and is an individually numbered limited edition of 1,000 copies.”
- 80 Discs
- 73+ Hours of music
- 30 Unreleased live shows, one for each year from 1966 to 1995
- 1 Gold-colored 7-inch featuring “Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)” 1965/”Box Of Rain” Soldier Field, Chicago, 7/9/95
- 288-page book with an extensive, career-spanning essay by Nicholas Meriwether and special remembrances submitted by fans
- A scroll featuring a visual representation of the band’s live evolution
The original members of Grateful Dead have announced two additional shows at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on June 27th and 28th, as part of their “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” run. Along with the three shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field on July 3rd, 4th, and 5th, the run will mark the original members’ last-ever performances together. The band will be joined by Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano) and perform two sets of music each night.
The band posted a letter to their fans today announcing the shows:
Although none of us knew it when we walked off the stage at Soldier Field on July 9, 1995, the Grateful Dead’s long strange trip ended in Chicago that night. As you are aware, twenty years later, we’re returning to Chicago to properly say Fare Thee Well.
But every good ending must start with a beginning. For us, it all began fifty years ago when we grabbed a bunch of instruments off the walls of a music store in Palo Alto California and began banging away on them in the back room, at night after the store had closed for the day.
Since we made the decision to go back to Chicago to say our final goodbye, it has become clear to us that we first need to return to our beginnings, where we first said hello – to each other and to all of you.
And so it is that we have decided to plug in for two additional shows on June 27 and 28 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California – just a dozen miles south of where Dana Morgan’s Music Store once stood. At Levi’s – as at Soldier Field – we will have the pleasure of being joined by Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby, and Jeff Chimenti.
Ours wasn’t just a long, strange trip – it was a VERY long, VERY strange trip. We weren’t sure what it was going to be like to put a punctuation mark on the end of it. None of us anticipated the overwhelming outpouring of love and interest following our initial announcement of the shows at Soldier Field, and we were blown away by the response.
We have tried to do the right thing wherever we could for the Chicago shows by honoring the roots of where we came from, while dealing with the realities of the current times. But that’s hardly comforting when you’re shut out of tickets and your only option is inflated prices on secondary ticketing websites. That would piss us off too.
From the moment these shows were first talked about, we have been thinking about what we could do to honor the roots of our Deadhead experience, even in the face of changing technologies. (Remember: Ticketmaster didn’t even go online until we got out of the game.) These shows were always intended as an expression of our gratitude, to both the music and the fans, so it’s important that we get things as right as we can.
We have always been proud of our in-house mail order ticketing process, and the phenomenal way our fans have built a tradition out of turning a standard envelope into a frame-worthy piece of art. Some 60,000 mail order tickets were issued for the Soldier Field shows by the good folks at Grateful Dead Ticket Sales – yet we were still crushed to see how many of your beautifully designed envelopes did not get tickets.
For shows of this magnitude, it’s impossible to eliminate every scalper. However, we offer you this: Working with our partners, we are using an online ticketing platform for the Levi’s shows that will help ensure that the tickets for these shows will get into the right hands, the hands of our true fans. We believe that this process is the best way to give each of you an equal opportunity to obtain tickets at the most affordable possible prices. We are proud to announce that 65,000 tickets per night will be available via the “online mail order” for the Levi’s shows. For the nuts and bolts, go to Dead50.net.
We will not be adding any more Fare Thee Well shows. The three Chicago shows will still be our final stand. We decided to add these two Santa Clara shows to enable more of our fans to celebrate with us one more time. But this is it.
We love you guys more than words can tell, and hope to see you in the Bay Area or Chicago. If you can’t make it to the shows, we are working on ways for you to still experience our Fare Thee Well, from wherever you might be. Stay tuned for those details.
Billy, Bobby, Mickey & Phil
From Grateful Dead
“The Grateful Dead’s rich legacy is a long and enduring one, filled with exploration, innovation, and the greatest fans in the world! Now’s your chance to let the band know just how much they mean to you through YOUR grateful stories and art. Some may be shared with the world in our 50th anniversary audio releases and ALL will be shared with Bob, Phil, Bill, and Mickey. Karmic compensation comes in the form of goodwill. Find out how to participate below.”