While the future of the Grateful Dead offshoot the Other Ones (featuring all four living founders) is unclear beyond a New Year's show in Oakland, Calif., vocalist/guitarist Bob Weir says he plans to

While the future of the Grateful Dead offshoot the Other Ones (featuring all four living founders) is unclear beyond a New Year's show in Oakland, Calif., vocalist/guitarist Bob Weir says he plans to begin work on a new Ratdog album in 2003, on which he may collaborate with Ryan Adams.

"We met backstage at the Bridge School benefit [Neil Young's annual star-studded charity concert in the Bay Area], and hit it off," Weir tells Billboard.com. "Apparently he's been a fan for a while. And I'm starting to become a fan of his work. So, it just makes good sense for us to get together and see what we can kick out."

Weir adds that he's also planning to work with a number of up and coming Bay Area singer/songwriters. "I'm taking on all comers really," he says. The artist's manager, John Scher, says Weir also hopes to do some acoustic dates with longtime collaborator Rob Wasserman in 2003.

Following this summer's Terrapin Station: A Grateful Dead Family Reunion in East Troy, Wis., the Other Ones launched a fall U.S. tour that kicked off Nov. 14 in Roanoke, Va., and wrapped earlier this month in California's Bay Area. The group's only other scheduled gig comes Dec. 31 at the Oakland (Calif.) Arena. Medeski, Martin & Wood and Hot Tuna Acoustic are also on the bill.

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