Dead & Company on November 1, 2015 at Madison Square Garden. Front, left to right: Oteil Burbridge, John Mayer, Bob Weir, Jeff Chimenti; Rear, left to right: Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart
The Grateful Dead were an American rock band known for their lengthy, partially improvised performances, as well as for a loyal fan base who often followed the band for several shows or entire tours. They disbanded in 1995, following the death of de facto bandleader Jerry Garcia. Since then remaining members have reunited for a number of concert tours and one-off performances, often in very different configurations. The following is a list of instances where former Grateful Dead members have reunited.
In 2000 the Other Ones launched another tour featuring former Grateful Dead members Weir, Hart, Hornsby and drummer Bill Kreutzmann. Lesh declined to participate and was replaced by Alphonso Johnson. Steve Kimock and Mark Karan continued their roles as co-lead guitarists.
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, keyboardists Jeff Chimenti and Rob Barraco, and vocalist Susan Tedeschi. This was the first time that Weir, Lesh, Kreutzmann, and Hart had toured together since 1995.
In 2003 the Other Ones changed their name to the Dead. The line-up of Weir, Lesh, Kreutzmann, Hart, Jimmy Herring (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Rob Barraco (keyboards) toured America again, with Joan Osborne replacing Susan Tedeschi on backing vocals.
In 2004 the Dead again toured the U.S. Supporting Weir, Lesh, Kreutzmann and Hart were Warren Haynes (guitar), Jimmy Herring (guitar), and Jeff Chimenti (keyboards).
In 2009 the Dead toured America with a lineup of Weir, Lesh, Kreutzmann, Hart, Warren Haynes, and Jeff Chimenti.
In 2010 Hart and Kreutzmann again toured as the Rhythm Devils. Their band featured Sikiru Adepoju (drums and percussion), Davy Knowles (guitar), and Andy Hess (bass), with multi-instrumentalists Keller Williams for the first part of the tour and Tim Bluhm for the second part.
In 2015, Weir, Lesh, Kreutzmann and Hart performed two concerts (June 27 and 28) at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California, and three concerts (July 3, 4, and 5) at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, to celebrate the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary. They were joined by Trey Anastasio on guitar and Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti on keyboards. The performances were billed as "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead". The concerts were advertised as the final time Weir, Lesh, Kreutzmann and Hart would perform together. Later that year, a live recording of Fare Thee Well was released as an album.
Dead & Company 2015 Tour: After the Fare Thee Well concerts, Weir, Kreutzmann, and Hart joined forces with singer and guitarist John Mayer in a band called Dead & Company. With Lesh declining to commit to another rigorous tour, former Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge was recruited to join, as well as keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. The band played a 22-concert tour in October, November, and December 2015. Although some Deadheads were initially skeptical of Mayer's inclusion, the band's performances were well received.
Dead & Company Summer Tour 2016: In June and July 2016, Dead & Company played a concert tour of 24 shows. Before the tour began, both Mayer and Weir expressed optimism about the band's future; Mayer said he "will never close the door on Dead & Company, ever" while Weir envisioned future lineups of the band performing long after he, Hart and Kreutzmann are gone.
Dead & Company Summer Tour 2020: The band was scheduled to tour the U.S. in July and August 2020, but the tour was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dead & Company 2021 Tour: The band is playing a national tour planned for August through October 2021.
Single shows and other collaborations
Furthur Festival 1996 concert tour poster
A "Bobby & Phil" concert at the Chicago Theatre, March 10, 2018. Left to right: Jeff Chimenti, Wally Ingram, Bob Weir, Teresa Williams, Phil Lesh, Larry Campbell
Vince Welnick was a member of Bob Weir's band RatDog from September to December 1995, playing in a total of 14 concerts. Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Jean Godchaux and Bruce Hornsby have all guested with RatDog at different times.
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".
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.
In the summer of 1996, the first Furthur Festival toured the United States. Each concert featured performances by multiple bands, including Bob Weir and RatDog, Mickey Hart's Mystery Box, and Bruce Hornsby and his band, along with Hot Tuna and Los Lobos. Weir, Hart, and Hornsby often played together in a jam session at the end of each show, and sometimes sat in with each other's bands for a few songs. They were joined at the Shoreline Amphitheatre show by Phil Lesh.
On March 6, 1997, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh joined the David Murray Octet for several songs at The Fillmore in San Francisco.
In the summer of 1997, the second Furthur Festival toured the country. The bands at each show included Bob Weir and RatDog, Mickey Hart and Planet Drum, and Bruce Hornsby, along with the Black Crowes and Moe. Robert Hunter also performed at several of the shows. As on the previous year's tour, Weir, Hart, and Hornsby performed some songs together, and were joined at Shoreline by Phil Lesh.
On July 25, 1998, at Shoreline Amphitheatre – the last show of the 1998 Furthur Festival tour – Bill Kreutzmann sat in for part of the performance by the Other Ones. It was the first time that Weir, Lesh, Hart, and Kreutzmann had played together since 1995.
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."
Bob Weir and Phil Lesh have sung the national anthem before several San Francisco Giants baseball games. On September 30, 1999, at the last Giants game at Candlestick Park, they sang it together with Donna Jean Godchaux. Weir and Lesh sang the national anthem for Grateful Dead Tribute Night on August 9, 2010. That night Mickey Hart and Bill Walton led the crowd in singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game". Weir and Lesh sang the national anthem again on October 15, 2012, a playoff game for the Giants who were on their way to winning the World Series. They sang it again on October 14, 2014, another playoff game en route to another world championship for the Giants. The precedent for these patriotic performances occurred when the Grateful Dead were still together and Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Vince Welnick sang the national anthem before the Giants game on April 12, 1993.
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.
Vince Welnick was a member of the Mickey Hart Band for their summer 2000 tour.
On September 25, 2005, Weir, Kreutzmann, Hart, Bruce Hornsby and vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux performed together at the Comes A Time tribute to Jerry Garcia. They were supported by many musicians who came and went through all the songs performed. Notable performers were guitarists Jimmy Herring, Warren Haynes and Trey Anastasio, and vocalists Gloria Jones and Jackie LaBranch. Bass duties were shared by Robin Sylvester and J.V. Collier.
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 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.
Bob Weir has joined Phil Lesh & Friends on several occasions. 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 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 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.
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.
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.
On May 14, 2015, Weir, Kreutzmann and Hart performed a version of "Fire On the Mountain" together with a house band and with Jimmy Cliff singing lead vocals. This was one of many performances at a concert called "Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia." More songs were performed by the musicians individually as well as with other collaborations and groups, including Phil Lesh's band Communion.
On September 12, 2015, Bob Weir joined Bill Kreutzmann's band Billy & the Kids for their entire set at the third annual Lockn' Festival. Mickey Hart joined the band on drums for their final two songs, "One More Saturday Night" and "Not Fade Away." Although Phil Lesh did not perform with the trio, this set was followed immediately by a set from Phil Lesh & Friends which also featured Carlos Santana.
On August 25, 2017, Bob Weir joined part of the performance of Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band at the Lockn' Festival in Arrington, Virginia. Nicki Bluhm also sat in on some of the songs. The band featured Jason Crosby, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, and Alex Koford.
In March 2018 Bob Weir and Phil Lesh played a three-city, six-concert tour, billed as "Bobby and Phil".