The Grateful Dead Will Come Alive via Periscope, Meerkat and SiriusXM

Be there or near an electronic device.

If you’ve been paying attention, the Smartphone broadcast revolution is in full swing. Following an initial charge led by Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Jimmy Kimmel and The King, it’s the turn of Bono, The Edge, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. With plenty more reinforcements to follow.

One way FishbowlNY recommends using Periscope or Meerkat in these cases, whether it be U2 at the Forum in Los Angeles (just completed) or The Rolling Stones in rainy Minneapolis (also last night), is to find the best audio quality feed and forget about watching the picture. Ultimately, the unbelievable, golden opportunity here is to *listen* live to the faraway set of songs.

Echoing that approach for The Grateful Dead’s historic series of reunion shows in Chicago next month is SiriusXM. Today, the satellite behemoth announced it will broadcast all three performances July 3-5 live from Soldier Field:

The concerts will air at 9:15 pm ET on SiriusXM’s Grateful Dead Channel 23, through the SiriusXM App and online at The concerts will also be rebroadcast on SiriusXM’s Grateful Dead Channel the day after each performance as well as over Labor Day Weekend.

“As generations of Dead fans eagerly anticipate these historic shows, we are thrilled that our subscribers who were not able to get tickets will still be able to experience this iconic band performing together one last time,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM president and chief content officer. “Created with the band and curated by Dead experts, our Grateful Dead Channel is the perfect platform for a whole nation of long-time fans and new ones to hear these shows.”

Channel hosts David Gans and Gary Lambert will anchor special editions of their weekly program before and after the concerts. Among the guests will be band archivist David Lemieux.

A limited amount of single-day tickets for the upcoming Dead Chicago shows are being released online Friday at noon ET. There’s also a fun contest involving Airbnb and drummer Bill Kreutzmann.
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@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.