The Grateful Dead Play Final Show
Music Mix Daily Staff
The Grateful Dead played the final show of their final tour last Sunday night. Marking the band’s 50th anniversary the band claims that it will be the last concert they will ever play. To make it that little bit more special, the Grateful Dead gathered a record-breaking crowd at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
Over four hours long, the four band members came on stage with a bow and played their hearts out. Of course, they gave themselves a break and treated the audience to fireworks in the middle. While the set list included many of the group’s greatest hits, to which screaming fans knew all of the words, the band also chose to play songs that they rarely played live. One notable example was their rendition of “Mountains of the Moon,” which the Dead had not played live since 1969!
While no band members mentioned Jerry Garcia, founding member of the group who died in 1995, the setting of the show was almost a tribute in itself, as the band had played its most recent show about a month before Jerry’s death at the same venue.
With over 70,000 “Deadheads” with tickets in attendance, and thousands without tickets who joined the celebrations, the mood was electric, despite the somber occasion. It was not just tie-dyed hippies in the crowd, with celebrities including Bill Murray and Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin joining the throngs of fans. For those who could not make it to the event, the monumental show was also livestreamed over the internet, played in movie theaters and television, and broadcast on the radio.
At the end of the show, Grateful Dead member Mickey Hart told the audience to take the feeling the show had brought up in them and “do some good with it.” What a beautiful end to 50 years of music making.