Folk-rock legend Bob Dylan and exGrateful 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