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.