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Grateful Dead alums plan 1st tour since ’04


Surviving members of the Grateful Dead say they’ll regroup for a 19-city tour, their first since 2004, beginning April 12 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The group, which now just calls itself The Dead, announced its plans last week.

Original band members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have toured sporadically since the 1995 death of guitarist Jerry Garcia, but struggled to get along personally and artistically. They told Rolling Stone in November that they’ve worked out their differences, aided by a successful October benefit concert in Pennsylvania for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Allman Brothers Band and Govt. Mule guitarist Warren Haynes joins the Dead on lead guitar, and Jeff Chimenti will play keyboards.

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