Phil Lesh Plans Spring Shows

Former Grateful Dead bassist will play 14 April concerts, plus a birthday party.

Phil Lesh will celebrate his 60th birthday with a March 10 concert in the San Francisco Bay Area, followed by 14 East Coast shows the next month.

The April shows will hit only four venues in the East, featuring multiconcert series in Boston, Philadelphia and New York after the April 6 opener in Wallingford, Conn. Fans can mail order tickets for these shows with information from Lesh's Web site (www.philzone.com).

Guest performers for the March 10 birthday show, to be held at Oakland, Calif.'s Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium, are not yet confirmed. The sold-out show is a benefit for the Unbroken Chain Foundation, which in turn will make a donation toward hepatitis research. Lesh received a liver transplant in December 1998, after being hospitalized with hepatitis-C.

The former Grateful Dead bassist has performed frequently since the legendary band dissolved in 1995, with the death of bandleader Jerry Garcia. Last year the band released the box set So Many Roads, with such live classics as "Terrapin Station" and "Bird Song" (RealAudio excerpt). In 1997, Lesh released Fallout From the Phil Zone, another collection of live Grateful Dead tracks, including "Box of Rain" (RealAudio excerpt).

Phil Lesh and Friends tour dates:

April 6; Wallingford, Conn.; Oakdale Theatre

April 8–11; Boston, Mass.; Orpheum Theater

April 13–15; Philadelphia, Pa.; Tower Theatre

April 17–19, 21–23; New York, N.Y.; Beacon Theater