Dead, Dylan Go On The Road Again
The Dead and Bob Dylan will co-headline the second leg of the former's Summer Getaway Tour, set to kick off July 29 in a yet-to-be-announced location. The two acts last hit the road together in 1987 oThe Dead and Bob Dylan will co-headline the second leg of the former's Summer Getaway Tour, set to kick off July 29 in a yet-to-be-announced location. Dead lyricist Robert Hunter will also accompany the band on both legs of the trek.
The tour's second leg will consist of 10 dates, ending Aug. 10. Currently six destinations are confirmed: Tampa, Fla. (July 30), Aug. 2 (Joliet, Ill.), Somerset, Wis. (Aug. 3), Indianapolis (Aug. 5), Columbus, Ohio (Aug. 6), and Darien Center, N.Y. (Aug. 8). Tickets for these and the yet-to-be-confirmed dates go on sale May 3.
Aside from a handful of summer 1995 shows, the Dead and Dylan last hit the road together in 1987 on a co-headlining stadium tour. The event spawned the seven-track 1989 Columbia live album "Dylan & the Dead," which featured collaborative versions of such Dylan classics as "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and "All Along the Watchtower," as well as more obscure songs such as "Joey." That tour's stops at in Oakland and Anaheim, Calif., comprise the recently issued the Dead's "View From the Vault IV" CD and DVD sets (Grateful Dead Records/Monterey Video).
As previously reported, Steve Winwood and Willie Nelson will accompany the Dead on the Summer Getaway tour's first leg, which kicks off June 15 at the second annual Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn. First leg tickets are already on sale via Dead.net and Ticketmaster.
Dylan, Nelson, and Winwood are all expected to sit in with the Dead during their respective dates on the tour, in addition to performing with their own bands. The July 29 stop in Vernon Downs, N.Y., will also feature second-generation jam band moe.
As previously reported, the Dead will also appear at Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic outside of Austin, Texas. Also on the bill for the two-day (July 4-5) event will be Toby Keith, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Pat Green, and Billy Bob Thornton.
The Dead is promising to perform old favorites for fans, as well as new material. The group is comprised of surviving original members of the Grateful Dead -- drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, bassist Phil Lesh, and guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir -- as well as keyboardists Jeff Chimenti and Rob Barraco, and lead guitarist Jimmy Herring. Bringing a female voice back into the veteran group on the tour will be vocalist Joan Osborne.
Here are the Dead's Summer Getaway tour dates:
June 15: Manchester, Tenn. (Bonnaroo Music Festival)
June 17: TBA (w/Steve Winwood)
June 18: TBA (w/Steve Winwood)
June 20: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing; w/Steve Winwood)
June 21: Hartford, Conn. (The Meadows; w/Steve Winwood)
June 22: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center; w/Steve Winwood)
June 24-25: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center w/Steve Winwood)
June 27-28: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Waterfront; w/Willie Nelson)
June 29: Vernon Downs, N.Y. (Vernon Downs Raceway; w/Willie Nelson, moe.)
July 1: Milwaukee, Wis. (Summerfest; w/Willie Nelson)
July 2: St. Louis, Mo. (UMB Bank Pavilion; w/Willie Nelson)
July 4: Spicewood, Texas (Willie Nelson's Picnic @ Two River Canyon Amphitheatre)
July 6: TBA
July 7: TBA
July 8: TBA
July 29: TBA (w/Bob Dylan)
July 30: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum; w/Bob Dylan)
July 31: TBA (w/Bob Dylan)
Aug. 2: Joliet, Ill. (Route 66 Raceway; w/Bob Dylan)
Aug. 3: Somerset, Wis. (Float Rite Amphitheater)
Aug. 5: Indianapolis (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater; w/Bob Dylan)
Aug. 6: Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Amphitheater; w/Bob Dylan)
Aug. 8: Darien Center, N.Y. (Darien Lakes PAC; w/Bob Dylan)
Aug. 9: TBA (w/Bob Dylan)
Aug. 10: TBA (w/Bob Dylan)