Grateful Dead’s Weir & Lesh to Do 1st Duo Tour

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Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, two of the founding members of the Grateful Dead, will tour together as a duo performing back to back sets of both acoustic and electric versions of Grateful Dead classics for the first time ever. The pair will play select U.S. markets including New York City, Boston and Chicago as part of the Bobby and Phil Tour, beginning March 2 and 3 at Radio City Music Hall.

Tickets have sold quickly but you may be able to find them here and here.

While these two music legends have played together since the inception of the Grateful Dead in 1965, they have appeared jointly infrequently since 2015’s Fare Thee Well shows, where they played for the last time with all four surviving members of the Dead. They have never performed as a duo without a backing band.

Related: Our review of the Grateful Dead’s Long Strange Trip documentary

This new project, according to a press release, came about as Weir and Lesh celebrated the 40-year anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s 1977 studio album Terrapin Station. The two performed at Lesh’s own Terrapin Crossroads, as well as Lockn’ Festival and Sound Summit on Mount Tamalpais north of San Francisco earlier this year. Fans can expect to hear Grateful Dead favorites as well as additional musical surprises. NYC-based independent promoter Peter Shapiro will present the shows and has collaborated with Lesh and Weir for the past 20 years at his Capitol Theatre and Brooklyn Bowl venues, his own LOCKN’ Festival, and the 2015 Fare Thee Well shows.

Bob Weir and Phil Lesh (Photo by Jay Blakesberg)

In 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, let’s do this, let’s make a little go of this.” 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.”

Bob Weir and Phil Lesh Duo Dates
March 02 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
March 03 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
March 07 – Boston, MA – Wang Theatre
March 08 – Boston, MA – Wang Theatre
March 10 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
March 11 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre

For tickets for Phil Lesh dates minus Weir, go here.

Watch Bob Weir and Phil Lesh play “Uncle John’s Band” earlier this year


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  1. terrapinJess
    #1 terrapinJess 12 December, 2017, 08:07

    Actually, Weir and Lesh have indeed played strictly duo before an audience right before the inception of Furthur. I have many recordings of it.

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    • JD
      JD 13 December, 2017, 10:23

      Yup….and that entire “reunion” of.immense proportions couple years ago was complete scam…money makes the world go around…these guys play together all the time…

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    • Jeff Tamarkin
      Jeff Tamarkin 13 December, 2017, 12:43

      Have they ever done an actual tour together as just the two of them? Not talking about local gigs or dropping in on someone’s set but a full-blown tour? That’s what the article is about.

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