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DSO East to West Coast Tours, NYE and More!

A Slingshot On Mars Tour Preview

Following a stellar summer tour full of great festivals and friends we are excited to hit the road again for the Slingshot On Mars Tour starting September 9th. Upcoming dates include stops in Knoxville and Memphis, TN, Terrapin Hill Farm in KY and the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. Then we make first time stops at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre in Wilmington, NC and the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA before a weekend run through some of our favorite east coast stops including The Norva, Rams Head Live and 9:30 Club. Along the way we will celebrate our time in Baltimore and DC with a Cap Centre Weekend. On 9/17 and 9/18 DSO will choose from the legendary Grateful Dead Capital Centre shows and will recreate that show in its entirety. We will then round off our tour with a special acoustic set at Mexicali Live along with stops in Munhall, PA, Wilmington, DE, Philadelphia, Albany, Toads Place in New Haven, CT, Syracuse, Northampton and Lowell, MA before closing out the tour in the 'Big Apple' at the Nokia Theatre.

Visit our Tour Dates Page for complete details.

From A City Near You Tour

DSO is celebrating our return to the West Coast by recreating shows From a City Near You. Each night Dark Star will choose a Grateful Dead show from a city close to that venue and will recreate that show in its entirety. This will be the perfect time to gather your tour buddies and relive the experience or for you to see that show for the first time that you have only heard stories about.

The tour kicks off in the "Golden State" with 2 nights in good ole San Francisco at the Regency Ballroom. From there we head up to Sacramento then over to the banks of Lake Tahoe for a stop at the Crystal Bay Club Casino before returning to Cali for shows in Anaheim and LA before a Saturday night stop in 'Sin City' and a Sunday/Monday run at the Belly Up Tavern in Solona Beach. The last week of tour brings us back to the Mile High City with stops in Tempe and Flagstaff AZ, Salt Lake City and the tour Closer at the Fillmore in Denver.

Visit our Tour Dates Page for complete details.

The Rex Foundation and DSO

In addition to continuing the Grateful Dead concert experience at our shows we are working with The Rex Foundation to continue their legacy of giving. We have recently created a donation module on our fanclub-ticketing page that allows you to make a donation to the Rex Foundation while purchasing tickets to our shows.

For our summer tour former Grateful Dead tie-dye artist Courtenay Pollock designed a backdrop for us. We are pleased to raffle this off with part of the proceeds benefiting the Rex Foundation. If you would like to bid on this one of a kind tie-dye design on 4 10' x 10' panels, please send your bid and contact info to: brett@darkstarorchestra.net.

August 9, 2010 marks the 15 year anniversary of legendary musician and Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia's death. As a way to honor his musical and community legacy, the gifted musicians on this compilation have generously contributed stirring live performances of Jerry Garcia songs to benefit the Rex Foundation. The album includes four exclusive previously unreleased live Garcia songs from Phish, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, The String Cheese Incident, and Keller & The Keels. Other artists in the order they appear on the album are: Railroad Earth, The Black Crowes, Moonalice, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Waybacks, Widespread Panic, Hot Buttered Rum, and Steve Kimock Crazy Engine. All proceeds are a contribution to the Rex Foundation.

Download the files (MP3, FLAC, or ALAC) or buy the CD here.

TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
A Slingshot On Mars Tour
09/09 The Valarium Knoxville, TN TICKETS
09/10 Minglewood Hall Memphis, TN TICKETS
09/11 Terrapin Hill Farm Harrodsburg, KY TICKETS
09/12 Orange Peel Asheville, NC TICKETS
09/14 Greenfield Lake Amphitheater Wilmington, NC TICKETS
09/15 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA TICKETS
09/16 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
09/17 Rams Head Live! Baltimore, MD TICKETS
09/18 930 Club Washington, DC TICKETS
09/20 Mexicali Live Teaneck, NJ TICKETS
09/22 Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA TICKETS
09/23 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE
09/24 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, PA TICKETS
09/25 Palace Theatre Albany, NY TICKETS
09/27 Toad's Place New Haven, CT
09/28 Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY TICKETS
09/30 Calvin Theatre Northhampton, MA
10/01 Lowell Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA TICKETS
10/02 Nokia Theatre New York, NY TICKETS
Wings a Mile Long Tour
10/20 Reif Center Grand Rapids, MN TICKETS
10/21 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN TICKETS
10/22 The Venue Fargo, ND TICKETS
10/23 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
10/25 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI TICKETS
10/26 Traverse City Opera House Traverse City,MI TICKETS
10/28 Bluebird Bloomington, IL TICKETS
10/29 The Pageant St. Louis, MO TICKETS
10/30 Madison Theater Covington, KY TICKETS
10/31 The Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN TICKETS
11/2 Copper Dragon Carbondale, IL TICKETS
11/3 The Blue Note Columbia, MO TICKETS
11/4 Granada Theater Lawrence, KS TICKETS
11/5 The Slowdown Omaha, NE TICKETS
11/6 CCastle Theater Bloomington, IA TICKETS
Just Announced - From a City Near You Tour
11/26 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
11/27 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
11/28 Crest Theater Sacramento, CA TICKETS
11/30 Crystal Bay Club Casino Crystal Bay, NV TICKETS
12/2 The Grove Anaheim, CA TICKETS
12/3 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA TICKETS
12/4 Hard Rock Cafe Vegas Las Vegas, NV TICKETS
12/5 Belly Up Tavern Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
12/6 Belly Up Tavern Solona Beach, CA TICKETS
12/8 Marquee Theater Tempe, AZ TICKETS
12/9 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, AZ TICKETS
12/10 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT TICKETS
12/11 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO TICKETS

Jerry Garcia Songs to Benefit the Rex Foundation

August 9, 2010 marked the 15-year anniversary of legendary musician and Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia 's death. As a way to honor his musical and community legacy, the gifted musicians on this compilation have generously contributed stirring live performances of Jerry Garcia songs to benefit the Rex Foundation. Available August 10 in a variety of formats (see below), Jerry Jams for Rex was brought to life by Brad Serling of nugs.net and includes four exclusive previously unreleased live Garcia songs from Phish, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, The String Cheese Incident, and Keller & The Keels. Other artists featured on the album include The Black Crowes, Railroad Earth, Yonder Mountain String Band and more. All proceeds are a contribution to the Rex Foundation.

Furthering what Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead started 26 years ago, the Rex Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization, endeavors to fund grassroots programs that are often under the radar of larger funding entities, yet work in bold, innovative ways to carry out essential work toward a healthy environment, promotion of the arts, protection of indigenous cultures, assisting others less fortunate, building strong communities, and educating children and adults.  The Rex Foundation has distributed $8.6 million in grants to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally, while also carrying out fundraising initiatives that foster creativity and positive community connections.  Visit www.rexfoundation.org for a complete list of grantees and information about current initiatives.

Jerry Jams for Rex is possible because of the honorable contributions of music, resources and know-how of the participating artists and people involved in the initiative. The Rex Foundation extends its heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the generosity of spirit and action of all the people involved in creating Jerry Jams for Rex, as well as to all the people who purchase the compilation. Together, we honor Jerry Garcia and demonstrate the positive power of music and community spirit.

TRACK LIST

1. Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers - Lady With A Fan (7/25/2009 - The Biltmore, Asheville, NC) *

2. The String Cheese Incident - Eyes of the World (8/1/2001 - Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA) *

3. Railroad Earth - Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (7/29/2006 - Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ)

4. The Black Crowes - Sugaree (8/1/2006 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH)

5. Moonalice - Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad (7/22/2010 - The Silvermoon Brewery, Bend, OR) **

6. Yonder Mountain String Band - Reuben And Cherise (12/31/2009 - Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO)

7. The Waybacks - Dupree's Diamond Blues (4/26/2007 - Watson Stage, MerleFest, NC)

8. Widespread Panic - Cream Puff War (7/26/2010 Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN)

9. Keller & The Keels - Mountains of the Moon (6/17/2010-Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride, CO) *

10. Hot Buttered Rum - Cumberland Blues (3/21/2009 - Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA) **

11. Steve Kimock Crazy Engine - Stella Blue (7/25/2009 - Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA) **

12. Phish - Terrapin Station (8/9/1998 - Virginia Beach Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA) *

* previously unreleased, exclusive to Jerry Jams
** bonus download only tracks, not on the CD

All-Stars Unite on Jerry Jams for Rex

August 9, 2010 marks the 15-year anniversary of legendary musician and Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia’s death. As a way to honor his musical and community legacy, the gifted musicians on this compilation have generously contributed stirring live performances of Jerry Garcia songs to benefit the Rex Foundation. Available August 10 in a variety of formats (see below), Jerry Jams for Rex was brought to life by Brad Serling of nugs.net and includes four exclusive previously unreleased live Garcia songs from Phish, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, The String Cheese Incident, and Keller & The Keels. Other artists featured on the album include The Black Crowes, Yonder Mountain String Band and more. All proceeds are a contribution to the Rex Foundation.

Furthering what Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead started 26 years ago, the Rex Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization, endeavors to fund grassroots programs that are often under the radar of larger funding entities, yet work in bold, innovative ways to carry out essential work toward a healthy environment, promotion of the arts, protection of indigenous cultures, assisting others less fortunate, building strong communities, and educating children and adults. The Rex Foundation has distributed $8.6 million in grants to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally, while also carrying out fundraising initiatives that foster creativity and positive community connections. Visit www.rexfoundation.org for a complete list of grantees and information about current initiatives.

Jerry Jams for Rex is possible because of the honorable contributions of music, resources and know-how of the participating artists and people involved in the initiative. The Rex Foundation extends its heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the generosity of spirit and action of all the people involved in creating Jerry Jams for Rex, as well as to all the people who purchase the compilation. Together, we honor Jerry Garcia and demonstrate the positive power of music and community spirit.

TRACK LIST

1. Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers - Lady With A Fan
(7/25/2009 - The Biltmore, Asheville, NC) *

2. The String Cheese Incident - Eyes of the World
(8/1/2001 - Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA) *

3. Railroad Earth - Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
(7/29/2006 - Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ)

4. The Black Crowes - Sugaree
(8/1/2006 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH)

5. Moonalice - Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
(7/22/2010 - The Silvermoon Brewery, Bend, OR) **

6. Yonder Mountain String Band - Reuben And Cherise
(12/31/2009 - Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO)

7. The Waybacks - Dupree's Diamond Blues
(4/26/2007 - Watson Stage, MerleFest, NC)

8. Widespread Panic - Cream Puff War
(7/26/2010 Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN)

9. Keller & The Keels - Mountains of the Moon
(6/17/2010 - Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride, CO) *

10. Hot Buttered Rum - Cumberland Blues
(3/21/2009 - Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA) **

11. Steve Kimock Crazy Engine - Stella Blue
(7/25/2009 - Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA) **

12. Phish - Terrapin Station
(8/9/1998 - Virginia Beach Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA) *

SF Giants pay homage to the Fat Man

The San Francisco Giants will pay tribute to music legend Jerry Garcia on Monday, August 9, when they face the Chicago Cubs at 7:15 p.m. Garcia and the Grateful Dead are synonymous with San Francisco and each year the City celebrates “the days between” which are the days within Garcia’s birthday (August 1) and the day of his passing (August 9).

San Francisco’s ‘Dead Heads’ and music fans alike will gather at AT&T Park to pay homage to Jerry Garcia on the 15th anniversary of his passing. Fans who purchase a special event ticket will receive a seat in the Jerry Garcia designated section at AT&T Park; a limited edition Jerry Garcia/Giants themed bobblehead, portraying Garcia’s National Anthem performance at Candlestick Park back on April 12, 1993; and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead inspired Rex Foundation. Tickets can be purchased by visiting sfgiants.com/specialevents or by calling 415-972-2233.

All fans attending the game will be treated to pre-game, live musical performances from some of San Francisco’s most popular Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead cover bands and a home plate ceremony featuring a video tribute to Garcia with many of his family members in attendance. Garcia’s daughter, Annabelle Garcia, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and Grateful Dead member Bob Weir will perform the National Anthem and Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart will lead fans in a special 7th Inning Stretch celebration. In an attempt to set an official Guinness World Record for the world’s largest kazoo ensemble, Hart will lead more than 7,000 kazoo playing fans in “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”

For fans interested in attending a Jerry Garcia/Grateful Dead VIP Party, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in AT&T Park’s new Triples Alley location, a limited number of tickets are available for purchase. This event will include an exclusive Q&A session with Garcia’s family members, friends and Rex board members. Grateful Dead band mates Bob Weir and Mickey Hart will also be in attendance. KNBR’s morning show host Paul McCaffrey will moderate the discussion. A Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead cover band will hold a private show for those in attendance. Tickets are available for $175 and include access to this premium space; a Lower Box game ticket; the limited edition Jerry Garcia bobblehead; food and beverages; and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead inspired Rex Foundation. Tickets to this event can be purchased by visiting sfgiant.com/specialevents or by calling 415-972-2233.

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About the Rex Foundation:

Furthering what the Grateful Dead started 26 years ago, the Rex Foundation endeavors to fund grassroots programs that are often under the radar of larger funding entities, yet work in bold, innovative ways to carry out essential work toward a healthy environment, promotion of the arts, protection of indigenous cultures, assisting others less fortunate, building strong communities and educating children and adults everywhere. The Rex Foundation has distributed $8.6 million in grants to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally, while also carrying out initiatives that foster creativity and positive community connections. rexfoundation.org

Rex Foundation Announces Ralph Gleason Award to Jorma Kaukonen

We certainly set out running and we took our time! Once the board determined who was to receive it, consensus was unanimous.

The Rex Foundation is pleased to award Jorma Kaukonen the 2009 Ralph J. Gleason Award for a scholarship program at Fur Peace Ranch to serve Appalachian youth. The $10,000 award is in memory of music journalist Ralph J. Gleason, a major figure in the advancement of music in America in the 1960s, whose openness to new music and ideas transcended differences between generations and styles.

Founding Rex board member, Jerry Garcia, and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen were peers in the Haight Ashbury days of 1960s San Francisco. Their respective bands, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, exemplified the San Francisco Sound. Both musicians were pickers, that is they loved to play. Jerry and Jorma both taught guitar. Jerry gave lessons at Dana Morgan's Music Store in Menlo Park near Palo Alto south of San Francisco. Jorma continues to teach at the 116 acre Fur Peace Ranch which he and wife Vanessa created in South Ohio on the edge of Appalachia. According to Jorma, "Fur Peace Ranch is a ranch that grows guitar players." Classes and workshops are held throughout the summers with instructors who are also world class musicians. Fur Peace Ranch accommodates budding musicians of all skill levels. Jorma Kaukonen continues to perform with fellow musician, Jack Casady, in Hot Tuna.


The Rex Foundation gratefully acknowledges the contribution Jorma has made to a vast community of music lovers, musicians and underserved youth who will continue to be nurtured with this award.

Furthering what the Grateful Dead started 26 years ago, the Rex Foundation endeavors to fund grassroots programs that are often under the radar of larger funding entities, yet work in bold, innovative ways to carry out essential work toward a healthy environment, promotion of the arts, protection of indigenous cultures, assisting others less fortunate, building strong communities and educating children and adults everywhere.  The Rex Foundation has distributed $8.6 million in grants to over 1,000 program across the U.S. and internationally, while also carrying out initiatives that foster creativity and positive community connections.

Rex Foundation Grant for San Francisco's Jerry Day

The Rex Foundation is pleased to announce a special grant to support Jerry Day in San Francisco. Jerry Day is a civic and cultural event that celebrates San Francisco native son - Jerry Garcia. The free event captures the true spirit of Jerry Garcia and celebrates his legacy at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, recognizing his childhood Excelsior District roots.


Jerry Day is held annually near Jerry's birthday, August 1. The 2010 event is Sunday, August 1. Jerry Garcia Amphitheater is in the Excelsior District at McLaren Park in the City and County of San Francisco. The outdoor amphitheater was renamed Jerry Garcia Amphitheater after the musician's death in 1995. Jerry Garcia was a force within the Grateful Dead for thirty years. He was a unique musician spawned from the bluegrass jug band era following San Francisco's Beat Generation. He and Grateful Dead band mates and a plethora of fellow musicians explored musical themes and genres well beyond the psychedelic splendor of the Summer of Love.

Rex Foundation acknowledges the wonderful work of the Jerry Day committee and its association with the San Francisco Parks Trust. The Jerry Day Celebration commemorates and invigorates the community that continues to grow because the music Jerry created remains vital. Many people only see each other at these types of events where the music is the glue that binds and creates the common shared experience. Jerry's following was enormous and included other bands and collaborations in addition to the Grateful Dead. Jerry may be gone, but we're not. His spirit is alive and replays through events like Jerry Day. The Rex Foundation board of directors is delighted to assist this worthy endeavor.

"Jerry Day" is one of those special sweet neighborhood events that San Francisco is famous for.  The amphitheater at McLaren Park has been renovated and improved greatly since it's renaming ceremony.  Come on out and hear some good music, walk through a beautiful park, and enjoy the grass lawn and Bay view in Jerry's old neighborhood.  Let the music flow free!" ~Carolyn Garcia

Furthering what the Grateful Dead started 26 years ago, the Rex Foundation endeavors to fund grassroots programs that are often under the radar of larger funding entities, yet work in bold, innovative ways to carry out essential work toward a healthy environment, promotion of the arts, protection of indigenous cultures, assisting others less fortunate, building strong communities and educating children and adults everywhere.  The Rex Foundation has distributed $8.6 million in grants to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally, while also carrying out initiatives that foster creativity and positive community connections.

Jammin' With Rex: Dec. 13th Party with Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

Join us on Sunday, December 13th: Meet Grace Potter and The Nocturnals at a pre-concert party and enjoy their music at The Fillmore in San Francisco.  Our party will feature a special beer tasting compliments of San Francisco's Magnolia Brewery.

Now through December: Grateful Graphics will contribute to Rex $2 of every website purchase.

Purchase the special Rex Foundation 25th Anniversary Poster designed by Stanley Mouse as a gift for yourself or others.

As to direct contributions, consider Jammin' with Rex: Make a Gift ~ Get a Gift, where with your contribution of $25 you can choose either some delicious Rex Jam - a jar of organic strawberry spread made by Sweet Creek Foods or the 3-disc Jerry Jams-Jerry Cares CD.

Just as with the Rex Community Caravan that we started a few years ago to encourage contributions of $5 or more, we hope Jammin' with Rex is another way you can enjoy helping fund more and more programs like those receiving our recent grants.

It is because of the generous support you have provided these last eight years of renewal that the Rex Foundation has been able to distribute just over $1.1 million in seed grants to over 200 programs, now totaling $8.5 million in grants to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally since our inception in 1983.  Your support also enables us to produce events and create The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Project .  This demonstrates the power of grassroots giving in every dimension - your contribution dollars, whether $5, $50, $500 or more, add up quickly to connect us as a philanthropic community, making a positive difference in many ways.

Rex Foundation: May's Rex Musical Caravan Events & More

Thanks to all of you who have purchased The Dead Tour tickets in support of the Rex Foundation and other charities through CharityFolks.com.  Here is the full announcement as well as contact information for any questions you might have to purchase tickets for the remaining shows.

The Rex Musical Caravan recently added a new May event with Melvin Seals & The JGB Band.  Bring your friends to to hear great music while also supporting the Rex Foundation, as $1 per ticket sold at each of the following is contributed to the Rex Foundation:

 

Check out all the different events that have been part of the Rex Musical Caravan since the beginning of 2008. We thank all the musicians, festivals and their fans for getting on board to further what the Grateful Dead started 25 years ago and demonstrate the power of the musical community to support grass roots philanthropy.  Let us know if you want to be part of the Caravan.

 

 

This is a particularly important time to celebrate how we as a philanthropic community can support the vital work of grassroots non-profits.  As we depict with the Rex Community Caravan, $5 or more in contributions can add up quickly to make a positive difference.  Check out all the great programs the Rex Foundation has supported thanks to your generous contributions.

 

As you will see in clicking through the various links in this message, the Rex Foundation has a new website.  We hope you enjoy the updated look and enhanced navigation.  We look forward to continuing to add information and features that demonstrate the vitality of our community of grantees and artists, as well as our on-going programs.

Rex Update on The Dead Charity Tickets

The excellent tickets for each show of The Dead Tour designated to support the Furthur Foundation, Rex Foundation and Unbroken Chain Foundation are just about ready for distribution.  Here is the official ticket announcement presented by each charity.  Thank you for your generous support of the charities as you plan your attendance at the different shows along the Tour!
 
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    The Rex Foundation is pleased and appreciative that the upcoming tour of The Dead will include a charitable component. A limited number of quality, center floor seats at each venue are being made available for sale, with the proceeds being contributed equally to the Furthur Foundation, Rex Foundation and Unbroken Chain Foundation. Rex will send an update within the next week to provide the details of the pricing, as well as how to order and obtain these tickets.

    Please join Rex on Saturday, January 24th at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco for a night with Melvin Seals and JGB band.  In addition to the donation of $1 for every ticket purchased, a Silent Auction will be held to benefit the Rex Foundation. Come show your support and bid on priceless memorabilia and special items to add to your collection while enjoying a great night of music. 

    The Rex Foundation is grateful to everyone that helped make the recent fall events successful.  Check out the Programs for the September 27th, November 29th and December 13th events to see the acknowledgements of the contributors.  You can also see each event's photo albums on Rex's Facebook page

    If you attended one of Rex's recent events, please post your comments on their Blog.

    With high hopes as the new administration begins for a better economy and world peace, the Rex Foundation looks forward to the good results from our continuing support of grassroots non-profit programs. All that Rex is doing is captured by the Rex Community Caravan, their virtual vehicle for traveling together to connect the arts, community and grassroots philanthropy.  Your contributions and participation in their events make all the difference!  Help Rex celebrate 2009 by showing how contributions of $5 or more add up quickly and how we can, together, further what the Grateful Dead started for another 25 years.