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Phil Lesh Cancels Performances Due to Surgery
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Phil Lesh Cancels Performances Due to Surgery

Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh has been forced to cancel his upcoming festival appearances due to a medical issue.

Phil Lesh and Bob Weir Announce Duo Tour
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Phil Lesh and Bob Weir Announce Duo Tour

Grateful Dead fans have one more reason to be grateful: bassist Phil Lesh and guitarist Bob Weir have announced a duo tour. The trek, which will be their first ever duo run, will take place with multiple night engagements in New York City, Boston, and Chicago during March. “I guess it was last summer, Phil and I played a little...

Phil Lesh Weighs In On New Grateful Dead Documentary
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Phil Lesh Weighs In On New Grateful Dead Documentary

Grateful Dead fans are ecstatic about Long Strange Trip, the new four-hour documentary that tells the legendary band’s tale. It is showing in select theaters and now streaming on Amazon Prime. As in-depth as the film is, bassist Phil Lesh says it doesn’t cover the whole story. “It’s only telling part of the story,” he told Rolling Stone. “The Grateful...

The Grateful Dead’s Debut Album Given 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
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The Grateful Dead’s Debut Album Given 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

The Grateful Dead celebrated the 50th anniversary of their band back in July 2015, and now they’re celebrating 50 years since their debut album with a special re-release. The Grateful Dead: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition contains a remastered version of the original album plus a bonus disc of an unreleased concert from July 29th, 1966 and select songs from July...

Grateful Dead Set Gives Classic 1978 Show an Official Release
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Grateful Dead Set Gives Classic 1978 Show an Official Release

A show from one of the The Grateful Dead’s earliest stands at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre has finally received an official release as a three-CD set after circulating among fans for decades. As always, Phil Lesh holds down the low end on the set, simply called Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, 7/8/78. The show’s audio is pulled from the Betty...

Dead Inspired: Fare Thee Well Interlude Music Released as an Album
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Dead Inspired: Fare Thee Well Interlude Music Released as an Album

The music that accompanied visuals shown during set breaks at The Grateful Dead’s summer Fare Thee Well 50th anniversary concerts has been released as a separate album. The songs were commissioned by Justin Kreutzmann (drummer Kreutzmann’s son) for biographical pieces he assembled for set interludes, according to NPR. Hence, the album’s title, Interludes for the Dead. Justin tapped guitarist Neal...

Fare The Well Shows Released
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Fare The Well Shows Released

Did you miss The Grateful Dead’s Fare The Well shows July 3-5 at Soldier Field in Chicago? No worries. There’s a “best of” live album documenting the best performances from the three-date stand by the band’s remaining members, including bassist Phil Lesh, augmented by musicians like Phish’s Trey Anastasio, in honor of the band’s 50th anniversary. It’s a great opportunity...

Phil Lesh Diagnosed with Cancer
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Phil Lesh Diagnosed with Cancer

Bass legend and Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh has revealed that he is battling bladder cancer. He made the announcement on the Terrapin Crossroads Facebook page while explaining canceled performances later this month. “I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in early October, and have spent the last few weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale doing tests and eventually surgery...

New Set Compiles Yearly Grateful Dead Live Performances
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New Set Compiles Yearly Grateful Dead Live Performances

Even though bandleader Jerry Garcia passed away 20 years ago, The Grateful Dead, in the midst of celebrating its 50th anniversary, still has something special to give — part of its past. The four CD set, 30 Trips Around the Sun: The Definitive Live Story, serves as an introduction to the legendary live performances from the band, featuring stalwart founding...

Oteil Burbridge to Join Grateful Dead Alumni Band “Dead and Company”
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Oteil Burbridge to Join Grateful Dead Alumni Band “Dead and Company”

Hundreds of thousands of people witnessed The Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” concert series, marking the final time the “core four” surviving band members would perform together under the band’s moniker. A month later, three of the four band members – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart – have announced a concert on Halloween night at Madison Square Garden...