Grateful Dead reunion concert revived. Wisconsin officials who vetoed the first full reunion of surviving Dead members over crowd concerns change their tune after promoter promises extra security and crackdown on gatecrashers
The upcoming Wisconsin shows billed as a Grateful Dead reunion, once canceled, are no longer dead, and fans are grateful. The jam band festival, called ”Terrapin Station: A Grateful Dead Family Reunion” and scheduled for Aug. 3 and 4 in East Troy, Wisconsin, is back on track, after promoter Clear Channel Entertainment persuaded county officials to reverse last month’s decision to deny a permit for the shows over crowd fears, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Headlining the two shows are The Other Ones, the band of ex-Dead players that, for the first time since Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995, will include Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Phil Lesh. But the venue, the Alpine Valley Music Theatre 30 miles outside of Milwaukee, holds only 35,000 people, and the Walworth County Highway Committee was worried that 200,000 people might show up, as they did for a Dead show there in 1989, overwhelming the small towns near the theater. The committee vetoed the show last month, but Clear Channel presented a detailed security plan last week, offering to spend as much as $200,000 to pay for overtime for local cops, the 40 tow trucks it may need to clear illegally parked cars, and the insurance bond in the event of damage to local property. On Friday, the board members unanimously changed their tune.
As miraculous as the reversal seems, don’t show up at the theater hoping for a miracle. Clear Channel also assured the committee it will campaign to discourage gatecrashers from showing up and turn them away at the Alpine Valley entrance. Both concerts are sold out.