The Dead Planning Obama Concert, Tour for Spring 2009

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Relix is confirming a Spring 2009 tour by all of the surviving members of The Dead:

Sources confirm that the surviving members of the Grateful Dead — guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh,and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann — are planning to tour in April and May of 2009. There’s no word yet on the band’s configuration — previous configurations of “The Dead” and The Other Ones have included singer-guitar hero Warren Haynes, guitar ace Jimmy Herring, singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi, singer Joan Osborne, keyboardists Jeff Chimenti and Rob Baracco, as well as guitarists Mark Karan and Steve Kimock.

While Ratdog and Phil & Friends seem to have found their niche in the post-GD touring world, nothing really compares to getting all the surviving members together on a stage. The big question is who will fill in on guitar duties. Jimmy Herring seemed pretty busy with Widespread Panic until they announced that they’d be taking some time off during 2009. So he’s a possibility. As much as I would love to see it happen, it’s hard to imagine Steve Kimock ever re-joining with The Dead. So, Herring seems like the obvious bet. But Mark Karan maybe? Warren Haynes? Larry Campbell? I’m sure we’ll find out more specifics soon enough.

Also, it looks like the band is planning another “Deadheads for Obama” show. Relix has now confirmed the show will take place on October 13 at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA, and it will also feature the Allman Brothers Band and an undetermined opening act. Warren Haynes and Jeff Chimenti will respectively fill in on guitar and keyboard duties for the band.

  • alexb

    is this for real or just rumor for now? theres nothing on dead.net, but the rumors sound for legit

  • alexb

    is this for real or just rumor for now? theres nothing on dead.net, but the rumors sound for legit

  • john

    as soon as this happens I will never see anyone involved in this crap again. keep politics out of music…especially going to bat for a liar socialist do nothing elitist like Obama. someone wake them up…thank you jerry wherever you are for never doing this…we knew the dead would go to shit after you died and it did.

  • john

    as soon as this happens I will never see anyone involved in this crap again. keep politics out of music…especially going to bat for a liar socialist do nothing elitist like Obama. someone wake them up…thank you jerry wherever you are for never doing this…we knew the dead would go to shit after you died and it did.

  • caitlin

    where do you get tickets at?

  • caitlin

    where do you get tickets at?

  • http://www.ConcertPosterArt.com Jacob Grossi

    Wow, john…keep that negativity flowin!

    More power to ‘em, it’s their band too.

    Jacob
    http://www.ConcertPosterArt.com
    “Over 4000 Original Concert Posters Flyer and Vintage Ads”

  • http://www.ConcertPosterArt.com Jacob Grossi

    Wow, john…keep that negativity flowin!

    More power to ‘em, it’s their band too.

    Jacob
    http://www.ConcertPosterArt.com
    “Over 4000 Original Concert Posters Flyer and Vintage Ads”

  • kfactor

    . . . to say the Dead or Jerry never did anything political is dead wrong. Take the whole cultural revolution they were the engines of, for example. To not speak out, to not vote, to not support IS A POLITICAL ACT.

  • kfactor

    . . . to say the Dead or Jerry never did anything political is dead wrong. Take the whole cultural revolution they were the engines of, for example. To not speak out, to not vote, to not support IS A POLITICAL ACT.

  • bB

    Although John may have sounded a little harsh in his tone, I believe that what he is so passionately saying is truly sound…I also believe that music and politics should be separate, unless that band is formed to make a political message in particular…like the Kottonmouth Kings for example. It is sad to see so many people fall for the two party system trick separating the working classes power between liberal and conservative views perpetrated on us by the investment class and their propaganda machine in the mass media while the transfer all the real wealth and power that our founding fathers so brilliantly divided amongst us. While most of the working class sits back and watches them turn America into a police state with no civil liberties, rights or wealth left in the hands of its citizens. If you want to bring awareness to the people of the important issues that we need to deal with then watch Dr. Ron Paul’s campaign for Liberty speech on You Tube along with Jessie Ventura’s as well. These people are true patriots in a time when it is not popular to be one. I hate to see the Dead support a person who is a socialist and is controlled by the same people who funded John McCain’s candidacy as well. I don’t care how much I love the Dead’s music when they subject themselves to political opinion’s when they publicly support someone like this.
    Peace,
    bB

  • bB

    Although John may have sounded a little harsh in his tone, I believe that what he is so passionately saying is truly sound…I also believe that music and politics should be separate, unless that band is formed to make a political message in particular…like the Kottonmouth Kings for example. It is sad to see so many people fall for the two party system trick separating the working classes power between liberal and conservative views perpetrated on us by the investment class and their propaganda machine in the mass media while the transfer all the real wealth and power that our founding fathers so brilliantly divided amongst us. While most of the working class sits back and watches them turn America into a police state with no civil liberties, rights or wealth left in the hands of its citizens. If you want to bring awareness to the people of the important issues that we need to deal with then watch Dr. Ron Paul’s campaign for Liberty speech on You Tube along with Jessie Ventura’s as well. These people are true patriots in a time when it is not popular to be one. I hate to see the Dead support a person who is a socialist and is controlled by the same people who funded John McCain’s candidacy as well. I don’t care how much I love the Dead’s music when they subject themselves to political opinion’s when they publicly support someone like this.
    Peace,
    bB

  • tom alabam

    that obama bs puts a bad taste in my mouth

  • tom alabam

    that obama bs puts a bad taste in my mouth

  • Rocco

    Unbelievable. Music and politics should be separate — uh, why? Is that in the Constitution? Nope (you’ll probably have to trust me on this — I’m not sure you’d understand it if you read it). I am stunned by the ignorance of some of the comments on this thread. Music IS politics, for God’s sake. From Buffalo Springfield to Pearl Jam, the music of the past few generations has always had its fingers directly on the pulse of American (and world) politics. And we’re all better off because of it.

    P.S. Obama is a Socialist? Where the hell do you guys get this stuff? Wake up.

  • Rocco

    Unbelievable. Music and politics should be separate — uh, why? Is that in the Constitution? Nope (you’ll probably have to trust me on this — I’m not sure you’d understand it if you read it). I am stunned by the ignorance of some of the comments on this thread. Music IS politics, for God’s sake. From Buffalo Springfield to Pearl Jam, the music of the past few generations has always had its fingers directly on the pulse of American (and world) politics. And we’re all better off because of it.

    P.S. Obama is a Socialist? Where the hell do you guys get this stuff? Wake up.

  • jahniqua

    good deal john, frankly I am glad you’re choosing not to get involved anymore, because I feel like your negativity might bum me out, because I couldn’t cheer you up.
    I don’t know why this debate about IF music and politics should be combined. First, it’s not the fan’s choice. The band can do whatever they want. They are free artists allowed to express or not express themselves. WHy would you ever want to tell an artist not to express themself? Especially for the reason that they haven’t done it before? As if there is some kind of code they can’t break once they start.

    Second, music IS politics already! It’s expression of ideas. The ideas that are in songs are relating to the world we live in. Politics is how the world we live in is run. How can they not be incorporated?

    To me, it sounds like people just want a band they like to stay “in the middle”, so they can assume that they have similar feelings. When they choose to further express how they feel in a deeper way, some people get very angry (like john, and others) because of this sense of loss. Well, we’re all sorry that you don’t feel you can associate with them anymore, but quit bein a party pooper!

    Though I respect your right to express yourself….
    For me—ROCK ON DEAD and OBAMA!

  • jahniqua

    good deal john, frankly I am glad you’re choosing not to get involved anymore, because I feel like your negativity might bum me out, because I couldn’t cheer you up.
    I don’t know why this debate about IF music and politics should be combined. First, it’s not the fan’s choice. The band can do whatever they want. They are free artists allowed to express or not express themselves. WHy would you ever want to tell an artist not to express themself? Especially for the reason that they haven’t done it before? As if there is some kind of code they can’t break once they start.

    Second, music IS politics already! It’s expression of ideas. The ideas that are in songs are relating to the world we live in. Politics is how the world we live in is run. How can they not be incorporated?

    To me, it sounds like people just want a band they like to stay “in the middle”, so they can assume that they have similar feelings. When they choose to further express how they feel in a deeper way, some people get very angry (like john, and others) because of this sense of loss. Well, we’re all sorry that you don’t feel you can associate with them anymore, but quit bein a party pooper!

    Though I respect your right to express yourself….
    For me—ROCK ON DEAD and OBAMA!

  • Steve

    Hey, I hope all the John’s feel that strongly so there are more tickets for the rest of us! My first reaction was, great it’s on a college campus where dude and dudette will be there for no other reason than a big party. I know it is selfish, but I miss seeing the Dead regularly, and I would rather they do this at the Eel River or something, but hey, that’s me and luckily we are all afforded the opportunity for our own options as Americans.

  • Steve

    Hey, I hope all the John’s feel that strongly so there are more tickets for the rest of us! My first reaction was, great it’s on a college campus where dude and dudette will be there for no other reason than a big party. I know it is selfish, but I miss seeing the Dead regularly, and I would rather they do this at the Eel River or something, but hey, that’s me and luckily we are all afforded the opportunity for our own options as Americans.