Wisconsin's Walworth County Highway Committee has denied a permit to the promoters of an upcoming Grateful Dead reunion concert, saying the area could not handle the enormous crowd expected. The commi

Wisconsin's Walworth County Highway Committee has denied a permit to the promoters of an upcoming Grateful Dead reunion concert, saying the area could not handle the enormous crowd expected. The committee today (June 11) turned down the request by Clear Channel Entertainment to stage Terrapin Station -- A Grateful Dead Family Reunion Aug. 3-4 in East Troy.

As previously reported, the two-day concert was to be the first time surviving Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir staged a concert together since the 1995 death of guitarist/bandleader Jerry Garcia. The group had been planning to perform under the moniker the Other Ones.

"You can imagine the amount of humanity that's going to converge on little old East Troy in Walworth County," said committee chairman Odell R. Gigante. "We only have 80 some sheriff deputies. Short of bringing in the National Guard we just couldn't handle it."

Gigante said 200,000 were expected at event, but only 35,000 were allowed in the Alpine Valley Music Theatre. A Grateful Dead spokesperson had no comment, as did a spokesperson handling publicity for Clear Channel for the Terrapin Station event.

The Dead last played the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in 1989, while the associated Furthur Festival -- which featured various Dead-related offshoot acts, including the initial incarnation of the Other Ones in 1998 and 2000 -- played the venue several times during its existence.


Copyright 2002 Billboard.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.