Ex-Dead Members Take Other Ones Furthur Along

Band made up of legendary jammers planning to join summer tour festival on 22-date tour.

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