Wisconsin Officials Revive Dead Reunion Show

Surviving Grateful Dead members will play together August 3, 4 in East Troy.

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

1995.

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.