Dead Reunion Concerts Back On

The Grateful Dead will live again, as Wisconsin's Walworth County board voted 5-0 Friday to allow the band to hold a reunion concert Aug. 3-4. Billed as "Terrapin Station -- A Grateful Dead Family Reu

The Grateful Dead will live again, as Wisconsin's Walworth County board voted 5-0 Friday to allow the band to hold a reunion concert Aug. 3-4. Billed as "Terrapin Station -- A Grateful Dead Family Reunion," the concerts will be held at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, about 30 miles from Milwaukee.

The County Highway Committee initially rejected a concert permit fearing it would cause health, safety, and police problems by attracting 200,000 people to a venue that can only hold about 35,000. But the band's promoter, Clear Channel Entertainment, appealed and submitted a new plan with tighter security and emergency procedures.

Both shows are already sold out and Clear Channel promised to launch a campaign to discourage people who don't have tickets from showing up.

The Terrapin Station event will mark the first time band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir have played in concert since the 1995 death of founding Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia.


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