The Grateful Dead's four living original members will reunite for three 50th-anniversary farewell shows in Chicago

By Jeff Nelson
Updated January 19, 2015 05:30 PM
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Deadheads, rejoice.

The four living original members of The Grateful Dead – Bob Weir, 67; Phil Lesh, 74; Mickey Hart, 71; and Bill Kreutzmann, 68 – have announced three 50th-anniversary shows, set for July 3, 4 and 5 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

The three-day concert will also serve as a send-off for the veteran rockers.

“These will be the last shows with the four of us together,” Weir told Billboard.

Furthermore, their goodbye venue also has some sentimental value. The band’s last performance with Jerry Garcia was at the same stadium only a month before the lead guitarist’s August 1995 death.

Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, 50, will join the original Dead members, also known as the core four, for the final shows, dubbed “Fare Thee Well” after lyrics from the band’s classic “Brokedown Palace.”

“It’s an absolute honor to be a part of this final chapter,” Anastasio told Billboard.