Free seems like a term more consigned to the 1960s, when the Grateful Dead was a young band, more in love with the scene than a paycheck. Times have changed, man, oh how times have changed.
The Grateful Dead will be playing just a handful of concerts before stepping off the stage and into the storybooks. But if you didn’t get tickets to one of their final gigs, either in Santa Clara or Chicago, you can always turn to YouTube.
In addition to those weird deals where they broadcast the concert on movie screens, YouTube also has access to the shows … which you can watch … if you pay for it.
The shows, which run $19.95 for the Santa Clara gigs and $29.95 for the Chicago ones, take place June 27 through the 5th of July and “will feature the four original members of the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir, reuniting for their last-ever performances together. The concerts will take place nearly 20 years to the day of the last Grateful Dead concert with Jerry Garcia, and the band will be joined by Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano),” according to the release.
Yeah, still no Jerry Garcia. Necronomicon potions just aren’t what we hoped they’d be by now.
You can catch the gigs at youtube.com/dead50 — just remember to bring your credit card, grandpa.