Bill Kreutzmann – “I Know I’m Going To Be Playing A Lot More”
When the Dead started back in 1965 they never would have imagined that they would’ve become one of the most icon bands of all time. This past weekend the core four hit the stage along with Bruce Hornsby, Trey Anastasio, and Jeff Chementi for their “Fare Thee Well” concerts at Solider Field in Chicago. They “shattered” ticket sale records with 70,000+ to 71,000 over the course of three nights.
Bill says that as far as he knows, this is it. He then expounds on this notion saying he wished the Dead could have given East Coast Deadheads some shows.This certainly does make sense seeing as the group has a VERY loyal following along the East Coast. In fact, some of the best shows ever were performed at venues along the East Coast.He points out that while this particular “investment” or “group” won’t exactly be performing another show together, it certainly doesn’t mean that he or Bob have plans to quit playing anytime soon.
Of course, we aren’t here saying “OMG OMG, click this, more John Mayer.” We honestly know as much as you folks do at this point. It appears that there will be more 50th anniversary occasions, but as far as the core four is concerned, it appears this is most definitely a wrap, Chicago was FARE THEE WELL. Nonetheless, Bill’s interview is pretty interesting. He touches on some other interesting subjects such as the monetary pressure the band had to ensure the steady employment of their crew and those close to the band.
“I would like to do it more. Between you and me and all of our lovely fans, um I would like to have a couple more shows on the East Coast… I definitely would… I want to do it for the fans again… They deserve concerts like everybody does.”
We will have some very in-depth analysis of the entire run. In fact, this is already in the works, so stay tuned in the near future. For now enjoy the PBS News Hour interview above.