Members of the legendary rock band the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, weren’t done rocking when their legendary band broke up following the death of Jerry Garcia. This inspired the two artists to come together to create an entirely new rock group in 2009. The result was the band Furthur which not only has Lesh and Weir at the front, but several other musicians from successful bands including John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane and Joe Russo. Together these artists come together to perform songs once performed by Grateful Dead and several other well-know rock songs; mostly from the 1960s.
The band made their debut performance in September of 2009 in Oakland, California before embarking on a high successful tour around the country. Furthur was not only able to reach former Grateful Dead fans, but new fans as well as they take a new approach to the classic Grateful Dead tunes. The band has played in some of the largest venues in the country including the Red Rocks Amphitheater and Madison Square Garden.
Not only has the self-proclaimed jam band been touring the country and reach out to old Grateful Dead fans, but they have also had numerous guest performers appear on their tour including Chris Robinson from The Black Crowes, Kenny Brooks, Elvis Costello and Warren Haynes from the Allman Brothers. Although the Grateful Dead hasn’t come out with a new song in decades, many of their loyal fans come out in flocks to see Furthur perform as they view it as the closest opportunity they will have to see the Grateful Dead live once again. Although the band has added a few new, original songs to their set list, they have continues to delight audiences not only with Grateful Dead Classics but with many of the rarely performed and never performed tunes from the group.
Their 2012, Further Live! tour will take the band to new venues as they continue to share the music of the Grateful Dead with fans. Further is embarking on their live nationwide tour which runs from the summer through the fall of 2012. Due to the popularity of previous large-venue concerts, fans are encouraged to act quickly when buying tickets to see Furthur perform live in their town.