Grateful Dead Survivors to Hit the Road
Encore time: More than 35,000 Grateful Dead fans congregated in the Alpine Valley Resort, Wis., over the weekend for the first performance of the remaining four members of the group since leader Jerry Garcia’s fatal heart attack in 1995, at the age of 53, reports the Associated Press. The show by the Dead survivors — Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, who call themselves the Other Ones — kicked off with “He’s Gone.” Well, he may be, but they aren’t. The AP reports that the band has decided to go ahead to do some more shows. “All I can say is that the fall tour was set and approved contingent on a good weekend, and since it was a far better than good weekend I am certainly confident the shows will go,” said Dennis McNally, the band’s publicist and biographer. Although no date for ticket sales has been set as far as McNally knows, he did confirm that there would be a 15-show Other Ones tour of the Midwest and East Coast in November and December. For the weekend show in Wisconsin, says the AP, the band sold out all 35,000 seats for each day’s concert at about $60 a ticket, and officials said that most fans bought tickets for both days. A total of 141 people were taken to jail during the weekend, mostly for drug possession and use, Walworth County Sheriff David Graves told the news service. He added that the number is about normal for a concert of that size.