A group of Deadheads have teamed up to coordinate a display of gratitude at the upcoming Fare Thee Well shows in Santa Clara, CA and Chicago. The group, which has started a website called nfadead50.net, plans to raise the largest single donation to the Grateful Dead-affiliated Rex Foundation. They also hope to coordinate a group singalong of “Not Fade Away” at the beginning of the second set at each Fare Thee Well show.
In a press release that was sent out today, website nfadead50.net founder Rob Neff said:
We’re calling on Deadheads everywhere to do two things. The first is that we want to raise the largest donation ever collectively given to the Rex Foundation, the band’s charitable foundation.We also are calling on everyone to sing ‘Not Fade Away’ to the band at the start of the second set all five nights of the Fare Thee Well tour.
If we sing at the start of the second set, it will be clear that this is an expression of fan appreciation. We want this to be something special – a clear expression of our love and gratitude.
Details on contributing to the Rex Foundation donation and coordinating the exact time of the chants can be found on the group’s site. The organization also hopes to to announce other efforts in the coming weeks.
As previously reported, the core four surviving members of the Grateful Dead — Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir — will team up with Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti for the two Fare Thee Well shows at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on June 27 and 28, and three more Fare Thee Well shows at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 3-5.