MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: The Grateful Dead to play last 3 shows in Chicago, Watch Bruce Springsteen perform Sat. night in Jersey, and who will sing at the Super Bowl?

Illustration by Ryan Snook
Illustration by Ryan Snook

The Grateful Dead will play 3 final concerts marking their 50th anniversary, and that will be it for them.

The surviving members of the Grateful Dead will play three shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field July 3-5. They say those will be their final performances.


Soldier Field is the site of the Dead’s last show with Jerry Garcia, who died a month later in 1995. Trey Anastasio of Phish and Bruce Hornsby will be guest musicians, as will keyboardist Jeff Chementi from Bob Weir’s side project, Rat Dog. In keeping with tradition, the Grateful Dead will sell tickets through a mail order system beginning Tuesday, Jan. 20th. Tickets will go on sale online February 14th.  Read more at

Debra L Rothenberg/Getty Images
Debra L Rothenberg/Getty Images

Bruce Springsteen was a surprise guest performer at the Light of Day 2015 Benefit show at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, N.J. this past Saturday night. “The Boss” along with 17 other performers, got together to celebrate the birthday of the organizer of Light of Day: Bob Benjamin. The Light of Day show, is a benefit supporting the artist manager and music veteran’s Light of Day Foundation. Benjamin was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1996.  The Foundation helps fund possible cures, improved treatment and support for patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease and related illnesses.  More here.

John Legend and Idina Menzel have been added to the Super Bowl 49 Super Bowl entertainment lineup. Menzel will get to sing something besides “Let It Go” for once. She will perform the national anthem before the Super Bowl. John Legend will sing “America the Beautiful.” The Super Bowl is Sunday, February 1st in Glendale, Arizona.  The game will feature the defending Super Bowl Champions: The Seattle Seahawks vs the New England Patriots.

The announcement reminds us of one of the great Super Bowl National Anthems of all time from 1991

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