The Grateful Dead will live again. The band’s remaining original members have confirmed plans for a new Dead tour in 2009.
The Dead Tour 2009
The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart played together in support of Barack Obama’s campaign this past fall (video below). Now, the Dead’s members say they’ll embark on their first official Dead tour since 2004.
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.”
The Dead Tour Dates 2009
The following is the full list of Dead tour dates for the 2009 tour. A ticket presale begins January 13, with the full nationwide sale starting on the 23rd.
|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 @
|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|
The Dead Tour 2009: Video
The following video is from the Dead’s rehearsal for the 2008 Obama rally show — the show said to have planted the seed for the new 2009 Dead tour. The band has also posted another video on its official site here.