FARE THEE WELL: Grateful Dead – Chicago Roundup (Setlists, Photos, Tweets, Videos & More)

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It’s been a long time coming — 50 years, give or take a few months — that the music community will see the final shows from the band known as The Grateful Dead. For the final run of shows dubbed Fare Thee Well, the band set up two nights of celebration in Santa Clara, California (near the band’s origination in Palo Alto, CA) and three final nights in Chicago at Soldier Field, the 1995 locale of the last official Grateful Dead concerts ever with bandleader Jerry Garcia before he passed away the following month.

For anyone perhaps living under a rock, the band that they’re going out with is the surviving four founding members of Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart along with Bruce Hornsby, Jeff Chimenti, and Trey Anastasio. For fans not in attendance there will be a variety of ways that people can watch from home, so you can follow along with us as we watch…

We’ll be gathering our favorite links, photos, setlist notes, tweets, ‘grams, and many more things as they pop up on the internet here as the shows happen…



The night before the shows began, the band ran a full tech rehearsal in Chicago that was loosely recorded and streamed live. Check out that recording here and check the setlist below…

SETLIST: Grateful Dead @ Soldier Field, Chicago, IL 7.2.15*

Box Of Rain, Music Never Stopped jam, Crazy Fingers, Mason’s Children, New Potato Caboose, Let It Grow, Help On The Way, Slipknot!, Lost Sailor (possibly incomplete)

* via JamBase

SETLIST: Grateful Dead @ Soldier Field, Chicago, IL 7.3.15

Set I: Box of Rain, Jack Straw, Bertha, Passenger, The Wheel^ > Crazy Fingers > The Music Never Stopped

Set II: Mason’s Children, Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain > Drums > Space > New Potato Caboose > Playing in the Band% > Space > Let It Grow > Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower

Encore: Ripple#

^ – slow to start, Phil’s microphone was having issues.
% – jam had a “West LA Fadeaway” vibe and got really out there
# – with Bob on acoustic

Here’s a recording from WMWV Radio.

SETLIST: Grateful Dead @ Soldier Field, Chicago, IL 7.4.15

Set I: Shakedown Street, Liberty, Standing on the Moon, Me and My Uncle, Tennessee Jed, Cumberland Blues, Little Red Rooster, Friend of the Devil, Deal

Set II: Bird Song > The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) > Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance > West LA Fadeaway, Foolish Heart > Drums > Space > Stella Blue > One More Saturday Night

Encore: US Blues*

* – ended with fireworks display

Here’s a recording from WMWV Radio.

SETLIST: Grateful Dead @ Soldier Field, Chicago, IL 7.5.15

Set I: China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Estimated Prophet, Built to Last, Samson and Delilah, Mountains of the Moon > Throwing Stones

Set II: Truckin’ > Cassidy > Althea > Terrapin Station > Drums > Space > Unbroken Chain > Days Between > Not Fade Away

Encore: Touch of Grey

Encore 2: Attics of My Life


Jay Blakesberg was tapped as the official photographer and he’s welcomed a variety of talented pros to his team for the shows, including frequent Phish photographer Dave Vann. He’s published a ton of shots on his official Facebook photography page as well as the page for the official event. Here are some of our favorites:

PHOTOS (Soundcheck 7.2.15)

PHOTOS (Night One 7.3.15)

PHOTOS (Night Two 7.4.15)

PHOTOS (Night Three 7.5.15)

TWEETS (Night One)

Here’s some of our favorite commentary from Twitter…

TWEETS (Night Two)

TWEETS (Night Three)

VIDEOS (Night One)

Here’s some stuff that has surfaced so far…