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 — 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 “” 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.

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 . 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.

  • craig cottier

    Wow! Somebody needs a nap. John, I hope you find the peace you seek. Stay home, don’t vote; no doubt you’ll find something else to cry about. I, on the other hand, can’t wait for a spring tour. I’m gassin’ up the VW as we speak. Stay home, John, it’s just more GD for us positive folks.

  • craig cottier

    Wow! Somebody needs a nap. John, I hope you find the peace you seek. Stay home, don’t vote; no doubt you’ll find something else to cry about. I, on the other hand, can’t wait for a spring tour. I’m gassin’ up the VW as we speak. Stay home, John, it’s just more GD for us positive folks.

  • Chris

    These folks absolutely have the duty and obligation to speak stongly for what they believe is best for America, both John and the Dead. I don’t think Obama would make a good president (more of the same generic politician we are always fed, just a little younger) so I won’t be camping out for that show. …Remember camping out for tickets? Technology sure can steal some of life’s simple pleasures … i digress … wait no i don’t, this a live music blog. Spring tour yummy! Help>Slip>Franklin on the turf as the moon rises and all freaks begin to twirl. Someone getting their miracle just in the nick of time. Veggie burritos hot off the camp stove. These are things no politician can seperate me from. The persuit of happiness. So I’ll give Nader one of his 9 votes and count the days.

  • Chris

    These folks absolutely have the duty and obligation to speak stongly for what they believe is best for America, both John and the Dead. I don’t think Obama would make a good president (more of the same generic politician we are always fed, just a little younger) so I won’t be camping out for that show. …Remember camping out for tickets? Technology sure can steal some of life’s simple pleasures … i digress … wait no i don’t, this a live music blog. Spring tour yummy! Help>Slip>Franklin on the turf as the moon rises and all freaks begin to twirl. Someone getting their miracle just in the nick of time. Veggie burritos hot off the camp stove. These are things no politician can seperate me from. The persuit of happiness. So I’ll give Nader one of his 9 votes and count the days.

  • Shaun

    Look, whatever it takes to get everyone back on stage. We know who we are and our beliefs as Deadheads. Let them take the big Obama check and take us on a great ride around the country to remember what it was. Cause either way more “change” is coming and it is a bitch paying $4+ a gallon. Especially in a 27ft Wayne coach. It just maybe the last time anything like this is possible for them and US. Depends on the changes.

  • Shaun

    Look, whatever it takes to get everyone back on stage. We know who we are and our beliefs as Deadheads. Let them take the big Obama check and take us on a great ride around the country to remember what it was. Cause either way more “change” is coming and it is a bitch paying $4+ a gallon. Especially in a 27ft Wayne coach. It just maybe the last time anything like this is possible for them and US. Depends on the changes.

  • Jeff

    I’ll be there with full Republican gear.

  • Jeff

    I’ll be there with full Republican gear.

  • beardybison

    i just read a lot of these posts and i cant believe what im hearing.

    music is not fucking politics. music is the rawest form of human love and expression there is. something that gives us a glimpse of divinity..to compare that to people squabbling over how to run other peoples life is horribaly stupid, and it makes me sick to read that…has jerry not taught us that by now? that music is something that human words cant describe?

  • beardybison

    i just read a lot of these posts and i cant believe what im hearing.

    music is not fucking politics. music is the rawest form of human love and expression there is. something that gives us a glimpse of divinity..to compare that to people squabbling over how to run other peoples life is horribaly stupid, and it makes me sick to read that…has jerry not taught us that by now? that music is something that human words cant describe?

  • http://www.concertforobama.com Steven

    Did you check out http://www.ConcertforObama.com If not, definitely check it out! Very cool. It has all the major Obama concerts listed…

  • http://www.concertforobama.com Steven

    Did you check out http://www.ConcertforObama.com If not, definitely check it out! Very cool. It has all the major Obama concerts listed…

  • miracle

    It is sad to read how much hate everyone has these days-hate for a person, for a political party, for a band, for everything. The Dead speak out and reach the minds of millions of people, mostly smart people, and why does everyone critisize them for using their gift to help our country?

    We as a nation are on a scary ride-a roller coaster that won’t stop, and I for one, applaud the Dead for standing up and showing their support for Obama. Whether you like it or not, we have two choices this year, which affects us for the next 4 (and maybe much, much longer): McCain/Palin or Obama/Biden. That’s it. We must choose, and choose wisely.

    And if you have been reading and listening, Obama and Biden are the much better choice. Applause again, for Bobby, Micky, Phil, Bill…for everyone involved in this benefit. It is about time that the people we admire and enjoy stand up and speak out!!

    I think Jerry would be proud and standing with the Dead in this time of such uncertainty in our country. We need a miracle. And hopefully Obama can help.

    Of course you have the right to vote (and vote you must) for McCain and Palin, but think about what they actually stand for before casting your ballot. McCain’s behavior is erratic, bizarre, even scary at times, and Palin is untruthful, and not for saving our precious planet, our animals-she just wants to drill, baby, drill…sick. Have you seen video of the wolves she encouraged Alaskans to murder? $150 bounty on wolves’ legs?? Sick.

    The Dead have a right, a privledge, even a duty to support a candidate they feel will best suite our country-and we as citizens too, should support who we believe in.

    I was hesitant about Barack Obama, but based on everything I have read, heard and seen, I do support him and hope that our country does, and pray that a miracle can lift us out of the black hole we seem to be melting away into.

    Peace, please do not show hate towards people for showing support to our country’s leaders.

  • miracle

    It is sad to read how much hate everyone has these days-hate for a person, for a political party, for a band, for everything. The Dead speak out and reach the minds of millions of people, mostly smart people, and why does everyone critisize them for using their gift to help our country?

    We as a nation are on a scary ride-a roller coaster that won’t stop, and I for one, applaud the Dead for standing up and showing their support for Obama. Whether you like it or not, we have two choices this year, which affects us for the next 4 (and maybe much, much longer): McCain/Palin or Obama/Biden. That’s it. We must choose, and choose wisely.

    And if you have been reading and listening, Obama and Biden are the much better choice. Applause again, for Bobby, Micky, Phil, Bill…for everyone involved in this benefit. It is about time that the people we admire and enjoy stand up and speak out!!

    I think Jerry would be proud and standing with the Dead in this time of such uncertainty in our country. We need a miracle. And hopefully Obama can help.

    Of course you have the right to vote (and vote you must) for McCain and Palin, but think about what they actually stand for before casting your ballot. McCain’s behavior is erratic, bizarre, even scary at times, and Palin is untruthful, and not for saving our precious planet, our animals-she just wants to drill, baby, drill…sick. Have you seen video of the wolves she encouraged Alaskans to murder? $150 bounty on wolves’ legs?? Sick.

    The Dead have a right, a privledge, even a duty to support a candidate they feel will best suite our country-and we as citizens too, should support who we believe in.

    I was hesitant about Barack Obama, but based on everything I have read, heard and seen, I do support him and hope that our country does, and pray that a miracle can lift us out of the black hole we seem to be melting away into.

    Peace, please do not show hate towards people for showing support to our country’s leaders.

  • the other jer

    i would have loved to donate $50 to the concert for a live feed of the music!!! i do hope we can hear the show at a later date……

  • the other jer

    i would have loved to donate $50 to the concert for a live feed of the music!!! i do hope we can hear the show at a later date……

  • vince

    The thing that sucks about politicizing music is that when you start raising money for a candidate you alienate people that believe in the other guy. What would you think if The dead got back together for a Sarah Palin fundraiser?

  • vince

    The thing that sucks about politicizing music is that when you start raising money for a candidate you alienate people that believe in the other guy. What would you think if The dead got back together for a Sarah Palin fundraiser?

  • t

    vince….perfect post…people would wig if the dead were not supporting obama…

    i’m a lucky one in some ways….saw ‘em multiple times in multiple venues…
    have a good one….adios

  • t

    vince….perfect post…people would wig if the dead were not supporting obama…

    i’m a lucky one in some ways….saw ‘em multiple times in multiple venues…
    have a good one….adios