Bob Dylan, Phil Lesh To Tour Midwest, Eastern U.S. Together

Folk-rock legend and ex–Grateful Dead bassist confirmed for 14 dates beginning in late October and ending in mid-November.

Folk-rock legend Bob Dylan and ex–Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh will

unite for a three-week tour of Midwestern and Eastern cities starting

late next month.

The outing will begin in Champaign, Ill., on Oct. 27 and run through

mid-November, according to Dennis McNally, the Dead's longtime publicist.

An itinerary listed on Bob Dylan's official website, www.bobdylan.com,

has the tour running through Nov. 14 in Worcester, Mass. The outing also

includes a show Halloween night in Chicago.

Lesh underwent a liver transplant late last year. This year, he has played

shows under the billing "Phil Lesh & Friends," including a series of

benefit concerts. Some shows saw Lesh and his group thumbing through the

Dead's catalog as well as offering plenty of rarities. Phil Lesh & Friends

have several shows scheduled prior to Lesh's tour with Dylan.

Dylan, who earlier this summer toured with fellow songwriting great Paul

Simon, is riding a wave of popularity and acclaim he hasn't experienced

since the early-to-mid-1970s. His 1997 album, Time Out of Mind,

which includes "Love Sick" (RealAudio

excerpt), was heralded as a return to form and won a Grammy for

Album of the Year. He followed that up with last year's release of the

archival Live 1966 ... The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert, which

topped many critics' lists of the best albums of 1998.

Bob Dylan Tour Dates With Phil Lesh & Friends, according to www.bobdylan.com:

Oct. 27; Champaign, Ill.; Assembly Hall, Pavilion, University of Illinois

Oct. 29; Oxford, Ohio; Millett Hall, Miami University

Oct. 30; Milwaukee, Wis.; Wisconsin Center Arena

Oct. 31; Chicago, Ill.; UIC Pavilion

Nov. 2; Lansing, Mich.; Breslin Events Center, Michigan State University

Nov. 3; Columbus, Ohio; Schottenstein Arena, Ohio State University

Nov. 5; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Civic Arena

Nov. 6; State College, Pa.; Bryce Jordan Center, Pennsylvania State University

Nov. 8; Baltimore, Md.; Baltimore Arena

Nov. 9; Philadelphia, Pa.; the Forum at Apollo Temple University

Nov. 10; New Haven, Conn.; New Haven Coliseum

Nov. 11; Augusta, Maine; Augusta Civic Center

Nov. 13; East Rutherford, N.J.; Continental Airlines Arena

Nov. 14; Worcester, Mass.; Worcester Centrum