Grateful Dead To Go On

Bob Weir says there is a future for the Dead. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

Although there's been no official announcement, it appears

that the Grateful Dead will continue in some form despite the loss of key

member Jerry Garcia, who died this past August. We're told the group will tour

in '96. And none other than Dead vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Bob Weir told

the L.A. Times that the group would go on. Asked by the L.A.

Times if there is a future for the Dead, Weir said, "Yeah. Exactly what,

exactly how, I don't know. We're going to take a little while and reinvent

ourselves." Meanwhile, Weir has put together a new band called Ratdog. Ratdog?

Well, anyway, the name might suck, but what can we do? Weir's latest side

project features Rob Wasserman on bass, Matthew Kelly (of Kingfish--anyone

remember Kingfish? We don't. Well, yeah, we do.) on harp, Primus drummer Jay

Lane and Grateful Dead keyboardist Vince Welnick as well as Mr. Weir himself.

The group, which is touring the South and far West starting in Denver on the

Nov. 29th and ending up in San Francisco at the Warfield on December 15th and

16th, play a few Grateful Dead favorites like "Throwing Stones," some of Weir's

older solo material, and covers of blues standards like "Little Red Rooster."

Plans are in the works for a Ratdog album.