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Happy New Year from the DEAD.

After months of fan speculation bolstered by an October 2008 performance at the "Change Rocks" concert/rally for Barack Obama in State College, PA and three recent viral internet videos with band interviews and performance footage, the DEAD today (1/1/09) officially announced tour dates for 2009. This marks their first trek since 2004's "Wave That Flag" tour.

Kicking off April 12 in Greensboro, NC and wrapping May 10 near San Francisco, the tour will encompass 19 shows--all to be performed as "An Evening With"--in 16 cities. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 13 and nationwide beginning Friday, January 23. All the concerts are set for indoor arenas except for the final show at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.

Original Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart will be joined by keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and Allman Brothers Band/Gov't Mule guitarist Warren Haynes, both of whom played with the band at the "Change Rocks" concert. The group first formed with lead guitarist Jerry Garcia as the Grateful Dead in 1965 and are legendary for their live performances. The Grammy-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame group always toured relentlessly, allowing their "Dead Head" fans to tape and trade their exploratory, free-flowing concerts.

"We've got some unfinished business," says guitarist/singer Bob Weir. "Everybody has a whole new bag of tricks; we have the body of material we worked up 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." Drummer Mickey Hart adds, "A mind meld is a terrible thing to waste." Bassist Phil Lesh says, "For me, it's the question mark that's really pulling me in...what's gonna happen? When you walk out on the stage the possibilities are infinite every time. The musical possibilities are infinite: there is no end to it, there's no back wall and there's no ceiling, there's no floor. It's infinite and therefore you can still explore it till the day that you die." Drummer Bill Kreutzmann says, "I get goose bumps just thinking about the possibilities."

Seeds of the idea of touring again were first planted in February of this year when Hart, Lesh and Weir played a "Dead Heads For Obama" show at the Warfield in their native San Francisco, and last year Weir, Kreutzmann and Hart performed at a post-inauguration for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Always sonic and technological adventurers, the Grateful Dead formed in San Francisco's electric Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in the mid-'60s, combining their love of bluegrass, country, electric rock and jazz to create one of the most iconic repertoires in rock music. By touring continuously and never relying on radio hits or latest trends, the Dead and Dead Heads created an unparalleled bond. Fans were turned on to the group by live bootlegs and word of mouth, with many following the band on the road for whole tours.

The Dead - 2009 Tour Dates
Sun 4/12 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Tue 4/14 Washington, DC Verizon Center
Wed 4/15 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
Fri 4/17 Albany, NY Times Union Center
Sat 4/18 Worcester, MA DCU Center
Sun 4/19 Worcester, MA DCU Center
Tue 4/21 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena
Wed 4/22 Wilkes-Barre, PA Wachovia Arena @ Casey Plaza
Fri 4/24 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
Sat 4/25 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Sun 4/26 Hartford, CT XL Center
Tue 4/28 E. Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
Wed 4/29 E. Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
Fri 5/1 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Spectrum
Sat 5/2 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Spectrum
Tue 5/5 Chicago, IL All State Arena
Thu 5/7 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Sat 5/9 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Sun 5/10 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater



Comments (38)

ticket on sale?

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 10:27 AM

We can share the women, we can share the wine...


Posted by brussel sprout | January 5, 2009 10:29 AM

YES!!! Fuck Phish, the Dead are back!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 10:32 AM

well, this is something to cure my Monday blues after coming into work. didn't know the dead were coming back! yeah!

Posted by hmd1987 | January 5, 2009 10:38 AM

2009 will be buddiful indeed, 1st Phish, now the Dead, all i need is Giants repeat and im good to go..

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 11:07 AM

who's got my extra?

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 11:25 AM

Finally, a place to find decent LSD...

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 11:36 AM

Steal your face right off your head!

It's ON

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 11:51 AM

Frickin' hippies

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 11:53 AM

i mean, i love the dead, but i am not excited at all about this. let it die already. guess baby's gotta eat

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 12:13 PM

This is great! Your dumb!

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 1:26 PM

Sick...we know the presale password?

Posted by Drugs Delaney | January 5, 2009 1:37 PM

probably get a contact high just from standing in front of the venues

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 1:59 PM

notice the fri and sat shows in philly, sounds like a road trip to me!

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 2:12 PM

Im was never a deadhead but I ended up seeing them
outside in california around 1990 and it was pretty awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 2:16 PM

I wasnt really into the Dead, until I saw Phil Lesh at Bonnaroo and it completely blew me away. Lets be real: the Dead - best band in America.

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 2:21 PM

I saw Phil Lesh with Bob Dylan and I fell asleep but more power to you 2:21!

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 2:22 PM

this is going to be fun!

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 2:24 PM

Can someone please tell me why NYC only gets one show but the Izod Center (quite possibly the worst concert venue anywhere) gets two?

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 3:16 PM

^^^^^^^^^because people who went to college in the 80s/90s live in NJ now

Posted by Paio Laa | January 5, 2009 3:37 PM

3:16 cause the izod center is like half the price to hold a show- MSG is expensive these days

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 3:39 PM

Who would have thought, almost universal Dead love on this board. Kudos to all...

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 3:41 PM

I'm skeptical. My expectations are low. Why? No Jerry.

But I'll b at Nassau and MSG. I'm hoping for goose bumps and Bobby Rock Star to save the day.

2nd set

He's gone
St Stephen
Throwing stones



Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 3:44 PM

its called a parking lot...

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 4:19 PM


Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 4:20 PM

such a long long time to be gone

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 5:03 PM

wonder if they stick to a completely different set every night approach, or this turns into a greatest hits tour?

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 5:23 PM

the dead never do a greatest hits its a different set list everynite.

does Warren sing the Jerry tunes?

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 5:28 PM

Warren does most of them-- though Bobby or Phil will take a turn occasionally.

I love that the normal BV trolls don't care enough to even click on this thread.

Without the Grateful Dead, there would be no Animal Collective...

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 5:43 PM

What time does Daft Punk go on?

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2009 5:51 PM

Awesome. I mean, I love P&F and DSO, but this is as close to the real thing as it gets anymore. I saw them during the 2004 summer tour and it was kick-ass. Even definitive Jerry tunes like Ripple and Morning Dew sounded great. Def worth seeing...

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2009 12:05 AM

Road trip ............. Fill up the bus and we'd be on our way. Good show bad show what's the difference it's the dead and if you close your eyes and remember the past, you'd enjoy it all over again. I've seen them play separately a few times over the past 10 years and they performed really good. Kudo's to the band to help us all wake up and find out that we are the eyes of the world. We will always miss our beloved Jerry who knocked to early on heavens door, but he would want us to continue to listen to the music play & not fade away! To the person who said let it die already, I THINK NOT. I'm guessing you have no live shows taped, too bad. Have you ever seen DSO? Maybe you should.


Posted by Mary Ann O'Connell | January 7, 2009 7:34 AM

I saw Phil Lesh and Friends a few years back. I walked out after 3 songs. The music went nowhere. The jams had no punch.

I'd rather see the Zen Tricksters live to get my Dead fill.

I'm hoping these shows bring back some of the energy it had in the old days. Brandford would be a nice surprise at Nassau. (3/29/90)

Posted by ICORP Investigations, Inc. | January 9, 2009 2:24 AM

only $100 a ticket too!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2009 11:19 AM

i love weed

Posted by Anonymous | January 14, 2009 11:04 AM

I love lamp

Posted by Brick | January 14, 2009 11:23 AM

Do you really love the lamp or are you just saying it because you saw it?

Posted by Ron | January 14, 2009 11:42 AM

I love lamp. I love lamp.

Posted by Brick | January 14, 2009 1:16 PM

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