By Brian Ives
This weekend, the Grateful Dead will end their career with a trio of shows on July 3, 4 and 5 at Chicago’s Soldier Field. There’s a lot of people who have a lot of feelings about this; one of them is guitarist/singer Warren Haynes. Haynes, of course is a long time member of the now-retired Allman Brothers Band, he’s the frontman of Gov’t Mule and a solo artist.
But he’s also spent a lot of the time with the members of the Grateful Dead; he’s been an on-and-off member of bassist/vocalist Phil Lesh’s different bands over the years, and also played in the ad hoc reunion band simply called The Dead in the mid 2000s. So he has, perhaps, more insight into the band than most.
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During an interview for a forthcoming feature on his upcoming solo album, Ashes and Dust, we spoke about his feelings about the end of the Dead.
“Well, I’m glad that they are doing final shows,” Hayes said. “I thought it was important for them to do something for the 50th anniversary. I — probably like everyone else — wish it had been a little bit more.”