Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir posted a nearly 700-word letter on Dead50.net Friday to announce that they would indeed be playing Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., June 27-28 as part of the anniversary celebration dubbed “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead.” The gigs take place the weekend before the previously announced July 3-5 residency at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
And just like the Soldier Field performances, the band will be joined at Levi’s Stadium by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio on guitar, Bruce Hornsby on piano and Jeff Chimenti on keyboards.
The Levi’s Stadium dates were added after the band experienced such an overwhelming response to the Chicago onsale. The Grateful Dead’s old-school, mail-order Grateful Dead Ticketing Service was unable to meet demand when it received more than 60,000 envelopes filled with more than 350,000 ticket requests.
The Grateful Dead says it won’t be announcing any more Fare Thee Well shows. “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,” the band writes.