Surviving Dead Principals To Reunite
The surviving original members of the Grateful Dead -- guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann -- will reunite as the Other Ones for an Aug. 3-4 weThe surviving original members of the Grateful Dead -- guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann -- will reunite as the Other Ones for an Aug. 3-4 weekend of concerts. Dubbed Terrapin Station: A Grateful Dead Family Reunion, the event at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wis., is planned as a celebration of the music, art, and culture of the legendary jam band.
The Other Ones will perform two sets to close each day with a band rounded out by guitarist Jimmy Herring (Phil Lesh & Friends, Allman Brothers Band), keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (RatDog), and keyboardist/vocalist Rob Barraco (Phil Lesh & Friends). Each original Dead member's offshoot band -- Phil Lesh & Friends, Weir's RatDog, Mickey Hart & Bembe Orisha, and Bill Kreutzmann's TriChromes -- will also perform, as will Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.
A second Terrapin Station stage will feature acoustic sets by Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule) and Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), as well as performances by the Disco Biscuits, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Donna The Buffalo, and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe.
Weir, Lesh, and Hart formed the Other Ones following the 1995 death of Dead leader Jerry Garcia. The band, which also included sometime Dead touring mate Bruce Hornsby on keyboards, headlined the Dead-related Furthur Festival in 1998 and released one album, 1999's "The Strange Remain" (Arista). The Dead played its last live show July 9, 1995, at Chicago's Soldier Field; Garcia died one month later of a heart attack in his room at California substance abuse treatment facility.
In an interview last month Hart told Billboard.com that some sort of Dead reunion was in the making. "There are plans afoot," Hart said at the time, adding, "I think that everybody's ready to put their differences in the past."
"We started rehearsing this week and I'm excited," Lesh said in a statement. "This is going to be very, very good."
Ticket prices for the two-day Terrapin Station event are set at $45.00 each day, 50 cents of which will be donated to the Dead's Unbroken Chain and Rex Foundation charities. Grateful Dead Ticketing will offer tickets beginning May 23 (for more information, visit dead.net or call 800-CAL-DEAD). Remaining tickets will go on sale June 8 via Ticketmaster.