Put away that Disco Biscuits tour shirt, and stop rearranging your calendar to accomodate the Allman Brothers Band’s 11-month run at the Beacon. You no longer need to search for substitutes in order to get your ur-jam-band jones fed, the original article (at least as much as there is left) is back.
The psychedelic survivors who make up the extant portion of the Grateful Dead have announced that they will be touring as simply The Dead for the first time in five years. The tour is expected to run for about 20 dates in April and May, so get your hot-ticket trigger-finger read. Original members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann will all be participating. As singer/guitarist/focal point Jerry Garcia passed on back in 1995, lead guitar duties will be taken over by Govt Mule/Allman Bros axeman Warren Haynes, whil Ratdog’s Jeff Chimenti is the latest in a long line of keyboardists stepping in for dead Dead guys in the band’s history. (Past keyboard casualties — Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Keith Godchaux, Brent Mydland, Vince Welnick, and now even one-time ivory tickler Merle Saunders, yet Bruce Hornsby lives on). So get back on the bandwagon with the original acid rockers, and see if you can sell Chimenti a life insurance policy while you’re at it.