Reunions of the Grateful Dead

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The Grateful Dead were an American rock band known for their lengthy, improvised, performances as well as a loyal fan base that often followed the band for several shows or entire tours. Following the 1995 death of bandleader Jerry Garcia the remaining members have reunited for several one-off performances and tours, although often in very different configurations. The following is a list of instances where former Grateful Dead members have reunited.

Other than Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead's main members were Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. Weir, Lesh and Kreutzmann had all been in the band from its inception in 1965 until its demise in 1995 while Hart had a tenure of 25 years. Instances in the full reunions category are performances where all four of these members played together. Partial reunions are performances where only three of them performed together.

Partial reunions[edit]

Tours[edit]

  • In 2000 The Other Ones launched another tour featuring Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bruce Hornsby and drummer Bill Kreutzmann. Lesh declined to participate and was replaced by Alphonso Johnson. Mark Karan played lead guitar for the entire tour, sometimes with the addition of Steve Kimock.

Single shows[edit]

  • On July 30, 1996, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir (as well as Sammy Hagar) joined Mickey Hart's Mystery Box for a performance of Fire On The Mountain. As this show was part of the 1996 Furthur Festival, Bob Weir's band Ratdog also played, and was joined for two songs by Lesh and Hart, as well as Bruce Hornsby and other artists performing at the festival.
  • On December 31, 1999, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart joined Bob Weir and Ratdog for a few songs. Ratdog members Mark Karan, Dave Ellis, bassist Rob Wasserman and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti backed the three for the first song played. Then Karan, Wasserman and Chimenti were replaced by guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, bassist Jack Casady and keyboardist Pete Sears for three songs.
  • On August 19, 2006 Bob Weir joined Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart during the Rhythm Devils set at the Gathering of the Vibes. Remaining members of the Rhythm Devils Steve Kimock, bassist Mike Gordon and vocalist Jen Durkin played with them.
  • On January 4, 2007 Weir, Kreutzmann, Hart and Bruce Hornsby reunited to perform at a fundraiser for speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi. They were joined by Warren Haynes and Mike Gordon.
  • On October 30, 2011 Weir and Hart joined Kreutzmann's band 7 Walkers on stage. It was the first time that Kreutzmann and Weir played together since The Dead dissolved in 2009.

Full reunions[edit]

Tours[edit]

  • In 2002 an Other Ones line-up of Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart toured the United States with guitarist Jimmy Herring, vocalist Susan Tedeschi and keyboardists Jeff Chimenti and Rob Barraco. This is the first time that all three surviving original Grateful Dead members, Weir, Lesh and Kreutzmann, and longtime drummer Mickey Hart performed together since 1995 (except for one Other Ones show in 1998 with Bill Kreutzmann guesting for a few songs).
  • In 2003 The Other Ones line-up of Weir, Lesh, Kreutzmann, Hart, Herring, Barraco and Chimenti toured America again. They had renamed themselves The Dead and Joan Osborne replaced Tedeschi on backing vocals.
  • In 2004 The Dead toured America again. Supporting Weir, Lesh, Kreutzmann and Hart were Jeff Chimenti, Jimmy Herring and Warren Haynes.
  • In 2009 The Dead toured America with just Warren Haynes and Jeff Chimenti supporting Weir, Lesh, Kreutzmann and Hart. Preceding the tour were a few one-off shows in early 2009 and it was followed up by a performance at the 2009 Rothbury Music Festival on July 4. This was The Dead's last confirmed appearance.

Single shows[edit]

  • On October 12, 2008 Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart performed a concert at Penn State University called Change Rocks to raise support for presidential candidate Barack Obama. They were supported by Warren Haynes and Jeff Chimenti. The concert was seen as a follow up to the Deadheads for Obama show earlier that year and it sparked a tour that commenced in 2009.
  • On January 20, 2009 The Dead lineup of Weir, Lesh, Kreutzmann, Hart, Haynes and Chimenti played two sets in Washington D.C. at the Mid-Atlantic Inaugural ball for President Barack Obama.
  • On March 30, 2009 The Dead played three free shows in New York City. Tickets were made available to fans through a contest that lasted three hours on March 27, 2009. Weir, Lesh and Haynes played an acoustic set at the Angel Orensanz Center followed by a full band set at the Gramercy Theatre three hours later and a final show at the Roseland Ballroom. Earlier that day Weir, Lesh and Haynes performed an acoustic version of "Friend of the Devil" on The View.

Other collaborations[edit]

  • In 1995 one-time Dead keyboardist Vince Welnick played several shows with Bob Weir's band RatDog. Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Jean Godchaux and Bruce Hornsby have all guested with RatDog at different times.
  • In June 1996, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Vince Welnick joined the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra for three consecutive concerts, performing John Cage's Renga on the first two nights, and an improvisational "Space" segment dedicated to American composer Henry Cowell on the third night.
  • On April 12, 1996, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir joined the Bruce Hornsby Band for the four final songs of the concert, including three Grateful Dead standards and a cover of The Band's The Weight.
  • On March 6, 1997, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh joined the David Murray Octet for several songs at The Fillmore in San Francisco.
  • On November 6, 1998 Phil Lesh guested with Bruce Hornsby's band to perform a few songs which included versions of "Scarlet Begonias" and "Tennessee Jed."
  • On June 6, 2001 Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Jimmy Herring, Rob Barraco and John Molo played a show as the Crusader Rabbit Stealth Band at The Sweetwater, a small club.
  • In 2006 Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart toured with a band called the Rhythm Devils. Supporting the two drummers was Steve Kimock, Mike Gordon, Jen Durkin and percussionist Sikiru Adepoju.
  • Bob Weir has joined Phil Lesh & Friends on several occasions. Most recently Bob Weir & RatDog and Phil Lesh & Friends shared a bill at two shows on December 30 and December 31, 2008. Both performances saw Weir and Lesh playing a brief set as a trio with either Jay Lane or John Molo depending on the night. The New Year's Eve show saw a post-midnight set by a band composed of Bob Weir and Phil Lesh along with several members of Phil Lesh & Friends. Bill Kreutzmann and Donna Jean Godchaux has also guested with Phil and his band.
  • On January 18, 2009 Bob Weir and Mickey Hart played at a brunch benefit for Al Franken in Washington D.C.. This was two days prior to The Dead playing a show at the Mid-Atlantic Ball for president Barack Obama.
  • On February 18 and 19, 2009 Bob Weir and Phil Lesh made guest appearances at Jackie Greene concerts. The two played brief sets as a trio with Greene in between sets by the Jackie Greene Band. On the 19th Weir and Lesh joined Jackie's band their closing set.
  • On March 28, 2009 Bob Weir and Phil Lesh sat in with The Allman Brothers Band during the final show of their 2009 run at the Beacon Theater. They performed "Sugaree," "I Know You Rider," and "Franklin's Tower" with the Allmans during the beginning of the second set.
  • In 2009 Bob Weir and Phil Lesh formed a new band called Furthur, debuting with a three show run on September 18, 19 and 20, 2009 at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. Furthur has toured consistently to the present day.

Touring line-ups[edit]

The Other Ones
(1998)

with

The Other Ones
(2000)

with

The Other Ones
(2002)

with

The Dead
(2003)

with

The Dead
(2004)

with

The Dead
(2008–2009)

with

Furthur
(2009)

with

Furthur
(2009–Present)

with

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