Ex-Grateful Dead bandmates plan six joint U.S. show dates
By David Sands
December 13, 2017
Here’s something for all you Deadheads out there to be grateful about; although the remaining Grateful Dead may have celebrated their last show together as a band during a series of 50th anniversary concerts in 2015, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir are planning their first ever joint tour next spring. The Bobby and Phil Duo Tour will feature back-to-back acoustic and electric sets of reworked Dead songs and solo material. The two founding members of the Dead are slated to a total of six shows in New York City, Boston and Chicago this coming March.
“Playing with Bob always brings me great joy,” Lesh said in a statement. “The intuitive playing that we have developed over five decades of creating music together always leads to new realms of musical experience, something that I find especially exciting, and I think that fans of our music will enjoy this new format as much as I do.”
The concert series will get rolling March 2-3 at Radio City Music Hall in NYC, before moving on to the Wang Theatre in Boston March 7-8 and wrapping up at the Windy City’s Chicago Theatre March 10-11. Tickets go on presale for verified fans on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. and will be available for purchase to the general public Dec. 15 at 10 a.m.
And for fans of Weir’s band, Dead & Company, who are wondering how guitarist and backing vocalist John Mayer is doing, he’s been released from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy last week and is healing. Dead & Co. will make up the three final shows of their tour (missed due to Mayer’s health issues) next year, with a New Orleans show planned for Feb. 24, an Orlando show on Feb. 27 and a Fort Lauderdale show on Feb. 26.
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