Posted in music | tour dates on March 27, 2009

The Dead

As their first tour in five years gets set to launch April 12 in North Carolina, the DEAD have confirmed an appearance Thursday, April 23 on "Late Show with David Letterman" when the tour makes its way through New York City with a sold-out April 25 Madison Square Garden performance.

Prior to the tour, on Monday, March 30, founding group members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh-along with touring guitarist Warren Haynes-will be interviewed on "The View" and perform acoustically.

The group's founding members--guitarist Weir, bassist Lesh and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann--reunited late last year at a Barack Obama fundraiser and are touring this Spring, with guitarist Haynes and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

In other tour news, the DEAD have confirmed a partnership with www.charityfolks.com, whereby a limited number of excellent tickets are being auctioned off with net proceeds benefiting DEAD-related charities. Beyond good seats for good causes, fans will also have the chance to bid on rare, signed memorabilia from the group's personal archives, including limited-edition show posters. To avert scalping, all auction winners will have to pick up their tickets in-person on the day of the concert.

More intesting is that rumors are spreading fast that The Dead will be playing a series of free, but ticketed secret shows in NYC this week. Someone just commented, "The Dead Play 3 free shows NYC, Monday 3-30, Arm bands available by texting dead to 50505." The Dead's official MySpace blog confirms that the 50505 thing is at least associated with them, and by the time that comment was made I had already heard that something similar might be happening. All tour dates below...

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 (w/special guest Branford
Marsalis)
Wed 4/29 E. Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center (w/special guest Branford
Marsalis)
Fri 5/1 Philadelphia, PA The Wachovia Spectrum
Sat 5/2 Philadelphia, PA The Wachovia Spectrum
Mon 5/4 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Tue 5/5 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Thu 5/7 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Sat 5/9 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Sun 5/10 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Thu 5/14 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sat 5/16 George, WA The Gorge (w/ Allman Brothers
Band and Doobie Brothers)

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Comments (23)

Joke.
Q: How many Dead-Heads does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: None, they just wait for it to burn out and follow it around for twenty years.

Posted by John | March 27, 2009 1:33 PM

I've got a better one:

Q: What did the deadhead say when the drugs wore off?
A: This band sucks!

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 1:56 PM

I just texted the number, it said that indeed, the dead are playing three shows March 30th, stay tuned to text and email alerts for ticket info...

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 2:13 PM

can new like this just stop...it's just depressing.

Posted by indierocksucks | March 27, 2009 2:30 PM

anon 1:56pm,

is that a new joke? i've never heard it before!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 2:35 PM

JOKES!

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 2:45 PM

jokes and jokes and jokes

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 2:59 PM

spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:00 PM

Old news. The Dead applied on Wednesday for a permit for Battery Park for Monday afternoon. If granted, Irving Plaza is the next venue (prior to the Hold Steady show) and then possibly Roseland. It also might not happen at all.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:10 PM

"Old news. The Dead applied on Wednesday for a permit for Battery Park for Monday afternoon. If granted, Irving Plaza is the next venue (prior to the Hold Steady show) and then possibly Roseland. It also might not happen at all."

Ok, so what you're saying is that the secret shows may or may not happen....thanks for the heads up d-bag, and thanks for clearing up the '?' in the headline.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:34 PM

Orensanz Center (5PM), Gramercy (8PM), Roseland (11PM)

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:37 PM

Here's the up to date info. Too bad this blog has to rely on anonymous comments for information.

Battery Park permit was denied. However, shows will happen.
Orensanz Center picked up the early show.
L/N moved the Irving show to Gramercy Theatre for logistical purposes, and the Roseland show is still the late venue.

And yes, I am Anon 3:10.


Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:39 PM

"Old news. The Dead applied on Wednesday for a permit for Battery Park for Monday afternoon. If granted, Irving Plaza is the next venue (prior to the Hold Steady show) and then possibly Roseland. It also might not happen at all."

ha, what an idiot

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:42 PM

How to get tix, bracelet, etc?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:42 PM

>ha, what an idiot

Yup, when no one knew anything the "idiot" pretty damn near gave all the venues.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:45 PM

where are people getting the news from, i've been scouring to find details...

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:52 PM

all the info you need is on this post. I'm not going to spell it out for you, but BV tells you how to sign up in the original post up top.

If you can't figure it out... hmmmm....

Posted by wembley | March 27, 2009 3:57 PM

Wembley is correct. . .and it is a lottery, so everyone's chances go down with more entries. Instructions are on this page!

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 4:01 PM

one to screw it in and plenty to tape it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2009 10:47 AM

How many dead heads does it take to change a light bulb ?

10.001

1 to actually do it and 10.000 to say how much better Jerry would have done it

Posted by Iggy | March 28, 2009 3:32 PM

Jerry drove to Orlando and saw a sign that said "DISNEY WORLD LEFT" so he went home!

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2009 11:20 PM

You're all missing the mark w/ "The Dead", the music may seem to SUCK to those of you who never saw a live show...but it was more than that it was seeing a live show where everyone was your best friend, where you didn't need anything but a ticket and sometimes didn'y even need that!!! Too bad you're not a winner!!!

Posted by t6uffmamma2 | March 29, 2009 12:15 PM

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