The Grateful Dead will live again. The band's remaining original members have confirmed plans for a new Dead tour in 2009.
The band will play 19 shows across 16 cities, joined by keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and Allman Brothers Band/Gov't Mule guitarist Warren Haynes.
So why now? The band members say the Obama show sparked their interest, and they realized their time together had more life in it yet.
"We've got some unfinished business," Weir says. "Everybody has a whole new bag of tricks. We have the body of material we workedup over the years and we have a mind meld going on here and it would be a sin to let that just wither and die."
"For me, it's the question mark that's really pulling me in -- what's gonna happen?" Lesh asks. "When you walk out on the stage the possibilities are infinite every time."
|April 12||Greensboro||NC||Greensboro Coliseum|
|April 14||Washington||DC||Verizon Center|
|April 15||Charlottesville||VA||John Paul Jones Arena|
|April 17||Albany||NY||Times Union Center|
|April 18||Worcester||MA||DCU Center|
|April 19||Worcester||MA||DCU Center|
|April 21||Buffalo||NY||HSBC Arena|
|April 22||Wilkes-Barre||PA||Wachovia Arena @ Casey Plaza|
|April 24||Uniondale||NY||Nassau Coliseum|
|April 25||New York||NY||Madison Square Garden|
|April 26||Hartford||CT||XL Center|
|April 28||E. Rutherford||NJ||IZOD Center|
|April 29||E. Rutherford||NJ||IZOD Center|
|May 1||Philadelphia||PA||Wachovia Spectrum|
|May 2||Philadelphia||PA||Wachovia Spectrum|
|May 5||Chicago||IL||All State Arena|
|May 7||Denver||CO||Pepsi Center|
|May 9||Los Angeles||CA||The Forum|
|May 10||Mountain View||CA||Shoreline Amphitheater|