The Other Ones will bring it all home when their forthcoming fall U.S. tour closes with a pair of shows in California's Bay Area.
The Other Ones will bring it all home when their forthcoming fall U.S. tour closes with a pair of shows in California's Bay Area. As previously reported, the band will kick off the fall run Nov. 14 at the Civic Center in Roanoke, Va., and wrap it Dec. 5-6 at Oakland, Calif.'s Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium.
The Other Ones -- comprised of surviving Grateful Dead drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, bassist Phil Lesh, and guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir, and rounded out by keyboardists Rob Barraco and Jeff Chimenti, and guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Herring (Aquarium Rescue Unit) -- will perform two sets each night. In between, Dead lyricist Robert Hunter will appear as a special guest.
The former Dead members reunited this summer for the two-day event Terrapin Station: A Grateful Dead Family Reunion. Held at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wis., the shows saw the Other Ones perform two sets to close each day, as well as sets by Dead offshoot bands Phil Lesh & Friends, Weir's RatDog, Hart's Bembe Orisha, and Kreutzmann's TriChromes. Hunter also performed, as did Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), the Disco Biscuits, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Donna The Buffalo, and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe.
"Last year I started really feeling that we needed to reaffirm our relationship on the high level that it started at, and that level was intimately involved with making music," Lesh told Billboard.com prior to the Terrapin Station weekend. After playing with Weir a few times, he said "On New Year's  I invited everybody -- all the surviving original members -- to join my band for our set. I guess that sort of broke the ice, and put it back on the level that it really needs to be at -- that's the high level of making music."
"It seems as though seven years was just the right amount of time to see clearly our mission," Hart said in a statement. "That mission is, and always was, to touch the soul and give light to all who would listen... The magic is back."
Tickets for the show are initially being sold via mail order through the Dead's GDTS Too ticket service, and later via Ticketmaster. For more information on obtaining tickets via mail order, visit GDTSToo.com.
Deadheads willing to follow the band around the country are being offered a "tour book" consisting of tickets for every show except the Nov. 26 stop at New York's Madison Square Garden and the Oakland dates. The tour book runs $673.75 with a limit of two books per order. "Taper Tour Books" for fans who plan to record the band's shows are also available.
Weir, who last week accepted a lifetime achievement award on behalf of the Grateful Dead at the Jammy Awards in New York, is on the road with Ratdog. The group performs tonight (Oct. 7) in Red Bank, N.J., and will be on the road through an Oct. 19 finale in Milwaukee.
Here are the Other Ones' tour dates:
Nov. 14: Roanoke, Va. (Civic Center)
Nov. 15: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
Nov. 16: Albany, N.Y. (Pepsi Arena)
Nov. 18-19: Boston (FleetCenter)
Nov. 20: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)
Nov. 22: Hartford, Conn. (Civic Center)
Nov. 23-24: Philadelphia (First Union Spectrum)
Nov. 26: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Nov. 27: Cleveland (Gund Arena)
Nov. 29: Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena)
Nov. 30: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace at Auburn Hills)
Dec. 1: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)
Dec. 2: Rosemont, Ill. (Allstate Arena)
Dec. 5-6: Oakland, Calif. (Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium)