The Grateful Dead ‘Fare Thee Well’ Tour was one for the history books. From the amazing flocking of Dead Heads taking over Chicago for the weekend of July 4th, 2015 to the overwhelming 70k people each night singing, dancing and loving each other in their best tie-dye Dead shirts to the incredible feeling of joy and nostalgia brimming from each person, each smile. I will admit, these were my first Dead shows, and for that I was truly blessed to be at the occasion. Having grown up with a mega Dead Head father, I wasn’t new to the tunes, and was a fan going in, but nothing compared to those I was surrounded by.
There are a few things I can say for sure about Dead Heads: they love their tunes, tie-dye, marijuana and their freedom. I believe wholly in the power the Grateful Dead and the Revolution that came from it and how much it has altered the minds of our country. The generation it touched were changed by the music, the scene and the culture. The Dead made people happy, made them think and made them dance. Because of that, the weekend was filled with massive, incredible love oozing out of everyone on and off stage. The smiles were endless.
** WE LOVE YOU MORE THAN YOU KNOW **
** ALL THE YEARS COMBINE, THEY MELT INTO A DREAM **
YES THAT IS A DEAD STICKER
This is Adam Haft, aka Hafty, the infamous wonder who celebrated his birthday the day of the last Dead show. He was the reason I was there, and for that I am forever ‘grateful’.
This man, who you will see again, saw his first Dead show in 1967, “They hugely affected my life”.
We were left with Mickey Hart ‘s quote “The feeling we have here- remember it, take it home and do some good with it. I’ll leave you with this, Please be kind.”
We had the pleasure of witnessing this wild mixture of musicians at one after party, playing with Alex Bleeker and the Freaks including Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan. Together they put on an amazing show of Dead covers and sick guitar solos. City Winery was the host of this madness and for that we are thankful.
‘Til next time Chicago… for now, all we can do is smile, smile, smile.