Fans of long jams, psychedelics and sunshine will rejoice upon hearing the news that The Furthur Festival has announced this summer's tour dates, highlighted by the presence of several former Grateful Dead members under the name The Other Ones.
The 22 dates of the groovy jam festival will take The Other Ones -- otherwise known as Grateful Dead alumni guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, drummer Mickey Hart and pianist Bruce Hornsby -- as well as Rusted Root and Hot Tuna on a cross-country swing through mostly outdoor arenas beginning June 25 at the Lakewood Amphitheater in Atlanta.
The tour will take the band through Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles before ending at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif., not far from the Dead's birthplace in San Francisco.
In the first extended series of performances together by the majority of surviving Grateful Dead members since the 1995 death of singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia, The Other Ones -- joined by saxophone player Dave Ellis, guitarist Stan Franks and second drummer John Molo -- are planning to play new versions of old Grateful Dead favorites. Former Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann opted out of the excursion.
Former Dead spokesman and current Other Ones publicist Dennis McNally explained the concept behind The Other Ones in an earlier interview with SonicNet Music News. "The Grateful Dead were an idea more than a band," McNally said. "This is a continuation of that idea with some of the same elements and some new ones. This isn't the Beach Boys."
Furthur Festival Tour Dates:
June 25; Atlanta, Ga., Lakewood Amphitheater
June 26; Charlotte, N.C., Blockbuster Pavilion
June 27; Washington, D.C., Nissan Pavilion
June 29; E. Rutherford, N.J., Continental Airlines Arena
June 30; Hempstead, N.Y., Nassau Coliseum
July 1; Mansfield, Mass., Great Woods Center
July 3; Philadelphia, Pa., To Be Announced
July 4; Saratoga, N.Y., SPAC
July 5; Buffalo, N.Y., Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 7; Hartford, Conn., Hartford Civic Center
July 8; Scranton, Pa., Montage Mountain
July 9; Pennsylvania, To Be Announced
July 11; E. Troy, Wis., Alpine Valley Music Center
July 12; Columbus, Ohio, Polaris Amphitheater
July 13; Detroit, Mich., Pine Knob Music Center
July 15; Indianapolis, Ind., Deer Creek Music Center
July 16; Chicago, Ill., The World Music Theatre
July 17; St. Louis, Mo., Riverport Amphitheater
July 19; Denver, Col., Fiddler's Green
July 21; Los Angeles, Calif., To Be Announced
July 22; Mountain View, Calif., Shoreline Amphitheater