Phil Lesh and Bob Weir are set to tour together for the first time since 2015’s Fare Thee Well concerts. The two founding members of the Grateful Dead will play a six night tour that kicks off at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.
The surviving members of the Grateful Dead have performed together in a number of fashions since the 1995 death of Jerry Garcia. In 2015, as a celebration of 50 years of the Grateful Dead, the remaining four founders of the band, dubbed the “core four,” played a series of shows in California and Chicago. These shows were said to be the last time the core four would play together. Since 2015, Lesh and Weir have only played a handful of times together, and never as a duo without a backing band. This coming March that all changes when the two come together for the Bobby & Phil Duo Tour.
The Duo Tour kicks off with two nights at Radio City Music Hall on March 2 and 3. They head up to Boston a few nights later to play the Wang Theatre on March 7 and 8. From there, they head to Chicago for two nights at the Chicago Theatre on March 10 and 11. Fans can expect the usual Grateful Dead tunes along with some musical surprises. The shows are presented by Peter Shapiro, who is no stranger to the Grateful Dead scene, having promoted Fare Thee Well and worked with both Lesh and Weir at his Brooklyn Bowl venues and the Capitol Theatre along with the Lockn Festival.
From the press release:
Weir explains the upcoming project, “I guess it was last summer, Phil and I played a little duo show….we had enough fun so we figured hey lets do this, lets make a little go of this.” While Lesh says “Playing with Bob always brings me great joy. The intuitive playing that we have developed over five decades of creating music together always leads to new realms of musical experience, something that I find especially exciting, and I think that fans of our music will enjoy this new format as much as I do.”
Tickets are available through a Ticketmaster Verified Fan Presale, for which fans can register now. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. local time.