The Grateful Dead played the last shows of their Fare Thee Well Reunion tour at Soldier Field this weekend. Friday’s show broke the previous attendance record set by U2 at Soldier Field. More than 70,000 deadheads were there. And WBEZ’s Monica Eng mingled among them pre-show to talk to fans about what keeps bringing them back.
Deadheads from around the globe will descend on Chicago for the band’s 50th anniversary concerts this summer. The shows are being billed as the last time the remaining members of the group will come together, and fans are hoping to grab a piece of the magic. But if they want an actual piece of Dead history, they ought to go online this weekend. Donley Auctions in Union, IL is hosting a massive Grateful Dead memorabilia auction. The band's long-time publicist Dennis McNally joins us. Also, we discuss a slight increase in home prices.
Jerry Garcia, the guitarist/singer/songwriter/reluctant leader of the Grateful Dead and the Deadhead nation, played his last show right here in Chicago, at the “pre-spaceship” Soldier Field in July of 1995.
Though his name may not have been as famous as that of Timothy Leary or Ken Kesey, Augustus Owsley Stanley III did more on a practical level than almost anyone else in the ’60s to help a generation “tune in, turn on, and drop out”—it was LSD from his laboratory tha