Founding Grateful Dead Drummer Joins Other Ones For Furthur Festival

Bill Kreutzmann to share stage with ex-bandmates Mickey Hart, Bob Weir, Bruce Hornsby.

Founding Grateful Dead drummer

Bill Kreutzmann will join his former bandmates on tour in the Other Ones, his first outing with percussionist Mickey Hart, guitarist Bob Weir and pianist Bruce Hornsby since the Dead disbanded in 1995.

"I am extremely excited to be playing music again with Bobby, Mickey,

Bruce and the rest of the band," Kreutzmann said in a statement released Thursday (June 22). "I had listened to them talk about how great the last tour was, and I knew if they ever did it again that I would want to be right there alongside them."

The Other Ones, formed to tour on the Furthur Festival in 1998, went on

hiatus in 1999 while bassist Phil

Lesh recovered from liver transplant surgery. Lesh, who has

had philosophical and business disputes with his former bandmates, will

not tour with the Other Ones but is co-headlining a tour with

COLOR="#003163">Bob Dylan.

Kreutzmann replaces drummer John

Molo, who is touring with Lesh's

COLOR="#003163">Phil Lesh & Friends. Kreutzmann has played

with the Other Ones once before, sitting in with them during a Mountain

View, Calif., show in 1998.

Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

will tour with the Other Ones, whose lineup also includes guitarists

Steve Kimock and

COLOR="#003163">Mark Karan and bassist and vocalist

COLOR="#003163">Alphonso Johnson.

The Other Ones released a live album from their 1998 tour, called The Strange Remain. It featured versions of Grateful Dead tunes such as "St. Stephen" (

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/artists/clip.cgi?track=~r-XXXXXX/0037229_0103_00_0002.ra">RealAudio excerpt of original version) and "Estimated Prophet" (

HREF="http://www.sonicnet.com/artists/clip.cgi?track=~q-XXXXXX/0035427_0101_00_0002.ra">RealAudio excerpt of original version), as well as new tunes such as "Banyan Tree." Hart said the band had more new tunes — and possibly another double live album — in store.

Furthur Festival tour dates:

Aug. 23; San Diego, Calif.; Coors Amphitheatre

Aug. 24; Anaheim, Calif.; Arrowhead Pond

Aug. 25; Mountain View, Calif.; Shoreline Amphitheatre

Aug. 27; George, Wash.; The Gorge

Aug. 29; Denver, Colo.; Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre

Aug. 31; East Troy, Wis.; Alpine Valley Music Theatre

Sept. 1; Columbus, Ohio; Buckeye Lake Music Center

Sept. 2; Buffalo, N.Y.; Darien Lake Amphitheatre

Sept. 4; Detroit, Mich.; Pine Knob Music Center

Sept. 7; Cleveland, Ohio; Blossom Music Center

Sept. 8; Scranton, Pa.; Coors Light Amphitheatre

Sept. 9; Hartford, Conn.; Hartford Civic Center

Sept. 10; East Rutherford, N.J.; Continental Airlines Arena

Sept. 12; Syracuse, N.Y.; On Center

Sept. 14; Washington, D.C.; Nissan Pavilion

Sept. 15; Boston, Mass.; Fleet Center

Sept. 16; Camden, N.J.; Sony Entertainment Center

Sept. 17; State College, Pa.; Bryce Jordan Center

Sept. 20; Hampton, Va.; Hampton Coliseum

Sept. 21; Greensboro, N.C.; Greensboro Coliseum

Sept. 23; Live Oak, Fla.; Suwanee Music Park

Sept. 24; Atlanta, Ga.; Lakewood Amphitheatre