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posted October 30, 2006 04:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 1   Click Here to Email 1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Grateful Dead bassist Lesh has prostate cancer
Musician plans surgery, expects complete recovery
The Associated Press


Updated: 12:18 p.m. PT Oct 30, 2006
NEW YORK - Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh has revealed that he has prostate cancer.

“Since we’ve caught it very early, and it’s small and slow-growing, I fully expect to have a rapid and complete recovery,” Lesh, 66, says in a statement on his Web site. He plans to have surgery in early December.

Lesh says he’s been monitored by “a crack team of doctors” since his 1998 liver transplant. One doctor noticed recently that he had elevated levels of prostate specific antigens (PSA), proteins produced by cells of the prostate gland. High PSA levels can indicate prostate cancer.

A biopsy confirmed the diagnosis, Lesh said.


“I am feeling energetic as always, and all my scheduled appearances will occur as planned,” he tells fans. The statement was posted Thursday.

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posted February 07, 2007 08:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jerry Garcia's widow sues over estate Wed Feb 7, 3:39 AM ET


The widow of the Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia is suing to gain access to unpublished tapes of her late husband's musical performances.

Deborah Koons Garcia filed a civil suit Jan. 31 in Marin County Superior Court against a limited liability corporation, comprised of the rocker's beneficiaries including Koons Garcia, that oversees business involving his estate.

According to the lawsuit, Koons Garcia wants to professionally restore the so-called "Garcia Tapes," but others in the limited liability corporation have stalled the process. The suit asks a judge to clarify the terms of the agreement that led to the formation of the business entity.

Koons Garcia claims the corporation had been scheduled to dissolve by Dec. 31, 2005, but continues to exist.

The lawsuit is just the latest in a prolonged legal battle among Jerry Garcia's beneficiaries.

Some have filed their own lawsuit against Koons Garcia in an effort to maintain the corporation. The rocker's daughter, Keelin Noel Garcia, 19, also has sued Koons Garcia for allegedly shoddy financial oversight of the estate.

Attorney Lawrence Rockwell, who represents several of the defendants in the Jan. 31 lawsuit, could not be reached for comment.

A hearing is scheduled for April 13.

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posted October 01, 2008 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
4 years after disbanding, Phish to reunite

Phish is getting back together.

The Vermont-bred jam band, which disbanded in 2004, is planning three dates next March in Hampton, Virginia. A notice posted on the band's Web site says Phish will play March 6, March 7 and March 8, 2009, at the Hampton Coliseum. The Web site says more 2009 dates will be announced later.

A spokesman for the Coliseum, who wouldn't give his name, confirmed the booking.

Phish was among the nation's top touring acts when it called it quits in 2004. The band received a lifetime achievement award at the Jammy Awards last May.

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posted January 03, 2009 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for a   Click Here to Email a     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Grateful Dead alums plan first tour in 5 years
Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will all regroup
The Associated Press
updated 4:36 p.m. PT, Fri., Jan. 2, 2009

LOS ANGELES - It looks like the old Dead are gettin’ on.

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

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

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.

Warren Haynes joins the Dead on lead guitar, and Jeff Chimenti will play keyboards.

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posted September 20, 2010 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for EmilySachs   Click Here to Email EmilySachs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wasn't there a Grateful Dead documentary coming out?

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posted September 21, 2010 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EmilySachs   Click Here to Email EmilySachs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jerry Garcia's last house he lived in. It's not how I pictured him living...
http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2010/real_estate/1009/gallery.Jerry_Garcia_s_house_for_sale/?source=cnn_bin&hpt=Sbin

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posted November 23, 2010 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm listening to Red Rocks 2nd show 1986 Terrapin.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Grateful Dead is coming back to life for final concerts in July.

The band announced Friday that surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will perform three shows from July 3-5 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

The band is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the shows will mark its final performances, the band said. They last performed at the Chicago venue in 1995 with band member Jerry Garcia, who died a month after the show.

Tickets for "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" will be available through a mail order system on Jan. 20. They go on sale online Feb. 14.

The Grateful Dead will be joined by Phish's Trey Anastasio, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and pianist Bruce Hornsby at the concerts.

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posted March 18, 2015 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for a   Click Here to Email a     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ungrateful (Slate)

As the long, strange trip nears its conclusion, two radio show hosts talk down disillusioned Deadheads.

We go now to Jeffrey from Boston, who is supremely pissed off.

As is custom, Jeffrey begins with his credentials. First Dead show: 1971. Number of shows seen: probably 300. This is not Jeffrey’s first call to Tales From the Golden Road, a weekly satellite radio show devoted to conversations about the Grateful Dead. But it may be his crankiest.

In his 44 years as a fan, Jeffrey says, the band “gathered a lot of goodwill. And I gotta tell you, in the last month it’s been blown, and blown really badly.”

Like tens of thousands of Deadheads, Jeffrey is angry about Fare Thee Well, the band’s three-night run at Soldier Field in Chicago this summer. Coinciding with the band’s 50th anniversary, the shows have been billed as the last hoorah for the “core four” surviving members. No self-respecting Deadhead dare miss it. The shows sold out in minutes, putting fans at the mercy of scalpers who are selling no-view seats behind the stage for $400 and floor tickets for four figures.

Greater efforts should have been made, Jeffrey argues, to ensure tickets got into the hands of true Heads. “I would bet dollars to doughnuts,” he says, “that the band had nothing to do with this. And this is all about the promoter who’s trying to make as much money as he possibly can.”

David Gans and Gary Lambert, who have hosted Tales From the Golden Road on SiriusXM since 2008, try to talk Jeffrey down. Peter Shapiro, the promoter, is a good guy, they assure. He has done his best to manage unprecedented demand.

“You have no credibility,” Jeffrey blasts. “You’re in his pocket, too.”

These are troubled times in Grateful Dead land, and Tales is ground zero for the ticketless and the defeated. The ultrahyped reunion has changed the tenor of the radio show, which has typically served as a platform for Deadheads to share stories from their years following the band. It is now also a forum for group therapy, where aging hippies wrestle with growing tensions between ’60s idealism and the realities of the modern music business.

“We knew there was going to be a huge amount of interest and a certain amount of controversy, and we got both,” Gans told me.

The hosts are hardly to blame. They are Grateful Dead insiders in some respects, but only to the extent that they have long-standing relationships with the band and its promoters. Lambert has previously worked in publicity for the band, and Gans has written two books about the Dead. Both men have collaborated musically with members of the group. They say only SiriusXM, not Shapiro, compensates them.

The radio show takes its title from an early Dead song, “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)”—an appropriate namesake for a two-hour program in which callers continually express their undying loyalty to the band. It is that extreme devotion, Gans surmised, that compels them to search for any villain in this process other than their beloved Dead.

“People tend to glorify their heroes and look for somebody to blame,” he said. “Attacking us for being in Peter Shapiro’s pocket was finding a way to blame someone for their frustrations.”

In an interview, Shapiro, the concert’s promoter, said he was vaguely aware that the hosts occasionally defend him on air. But he bristled at any suggestion that they are his pawns. Rather, he said, Gans and Lambert are clear-eyed veterans of the music scene, who understand that big venues have pre-existing contracts with Ticketmaster, a frequent target of fan criticism. The Tales guys are schooled, he said, in “the realities.”

“They bridge the middle ground between the passion of the fan base, which they know because they are fans, and the reality of 2015,” Shapiro said. “They are not shilling for me. They speak their own minds.”

The very qualities that have defined Deadheads make these particular fans among the most likely to be skeptical of an enterprise on the scale of Fare Thee Well.
Shapiro described himself as a Deadhead and said he has done his best to make the process fan-friendly. About half of the tickets, he explained, were allotted through the Dead’s antiquated mail-order system, which theoretically favors truly committed fans over opportunists. More than 60,000 envelopes, containing as many as four ticket requests for each night, were submitted.

“This is the Grateful Dead,” Robert, a caller from New Jersey, tells the Tales hosts. “Money should be the last thing that’s going on.”

This sentiment is not new, but it’s one Jerry Garcia consistently rejected. In a prickly exchange with a reporter, captured in the documentary Festival Express, Garcia argued that musicians were a valuable part of a trickle-down hippie economy. “Every musician that gets a lot of bread, man, spends it on their culture, man, on their scene, man,” Garcia said. “They spend it on dope. They lay it out, man, to other people just like ’em, man, and it stays in the fucking community and it moves around real fast.”

On Tales, callers often advocate for the Dead to host a free concert in Golden Gate Park, returning to their San Francisco roots. But this too pits decades-old egalitarianism against modern notions of sustainability. When a caller recently suggested that a free show, potentially involving hundreds of thousands of fans, would be “rock ’n’ roll,” Lambert cut him off. “It would be rock ’n’ roll except to the ecosystem of those parks, and to the impact it would have on those cities,” the host said.

For every disappointed Deadhead, there are dozens of Tales callers who say they have accepted their karmic fates. We go now to Andrew from Tennessee: “Anything that we as fans get today is a blessing to us. These guys have worked their tails off to entertain us for 50 years, man.”

In an effort to write the end of their own story, the Dead have generated a cross-generational dialogue about the proper relationship between artists and their fans. What do performers owe their loyal followers after five decades? Are the Chicago shows, as Andrew from Tennessee says, a gift? Or are they a high-priced nostalgia trip inadvertently demonstrating the fading of a once-vibrant way of life?

Indeed, the very qualities that have defined Deadheads—a resistance to corporatization, a suspicion of institutions, a strong sense of ownership over the band—have conspired to make these particular fans among the most likely to be skeptical of an enterprise on the scale of Fare Thee Well. “The Dead are unique,” said Joel Makower, author of Woodstock: The Oral History. “The Dead encouraged bootlegs. They built a fan base around thwarting the Man.” But the Man is harder to avoid now than ever, noted Makower: “If Woodstock were to happen now, it would be ‘Chevy Presents Woodstock.’ ”

Such conversations seem to exasperate Gans. He cringes at the “romanticism” of it all; the Dead, he reminded me, are “an incredibly magical thing” that nevertheless are made up of “ordinary human beings.” Those human beings want money, recognition, and a chance to say goodbye on their own terms.

“You simply can’t say it’s unfair for people to have an event you can’t afford to go to,” Gans said. “It’s not 1995 anymore. God knows it’s not 1975 anymore. Everything is different.”

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posted December 15, 2015 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Grateful Dead bio series coming to Amazon: http://deadline.com/2015/12/grateful-dead-tv-series-amazon-home-before-daylight-1201667428/

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