The Grateful Dead will be allowed to keep on truckin'.
On Friday officials in Walworth County, Wisconsin, reversed an earlier
decision and granted a permit for Grateful Dead reunion shows on August 3
and 4 at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy.
The event, called Terrapin Station Featuring the Other Ones, will be the
first performance by Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart
and Bill Kreutzmann as an ensemble since Dead leader Jerry Garcia's death in
Concert promoter Clear Channel's request was initially rejected, the
Walworth County Board Executive Committee said, due to concern for the
health and safety of, and security problems potentially caused by, the
200,000 fans expected to descend on a venue equipped to hold only 35,000.
In a statement released Monday (July 1), Clear Channel spokesperson Larry
Wethers said the company is "committed to providing a safe, enjoyable, live
entertainment event." Wethers added that Clear Channel "will continue to
work closely with the Walworth County Sheriff's Department on many aspects
of managing a safe show."
Since both shows are sold out, Clear Channel is urging fans without tickets
to steer clear of the venue. "Anyone without a ticket will not be allowed on
the premises. No exceptions," vowed Wethers. Furthermore, he assured fans
that no tickets will be available on the day of the show.