Dead & Company to Play Multiple Shows at MSG

deadwof5Dead & Company will play at least two shows at Madison Square Garden this fall, industry sources told SNY.tv.

In addition to the announced show on Halloween Night, the group will also play Nov. 1 and could play a third date, one source said. The Nov. 1 show will be announced after the Halloween performance is sold out.

Tickets for the Halloween show go on sale to the general public on August 14th, with an American Express pre-sale scheduled for Monday on Ticketmaster.

The group could then continue to tour for an extended period, the source said.

As previously reported, three of the Dead’s “core four” members — guitarist Bobby Weir and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann — will play with John Mayer on guitar.  Joining the group on bass is Oteil Burbridge of The Allman Brothers Band and Aquarium Rescue Unit and Ratdog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, who played all five Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well shows in Santa Clara, Calif., and Chicago, alongside Bruce Hornsby. Dead bassist Phil Lesh will not play in this incarnation.

The band has a skeleton Website up with only the Halloween Night show announced.

 

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Dead & Company to Play MSG on Halloween Night

deadwof5The Grateful Dead aren’t done after all.

After supposedly playing their final three shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field over the July 4th weekend — which followed two June shows in Santa Clara, Calif., — members of the legendary group will re-form and play Halloween Night at Madison Square Garden.

From Billboard.com:

As previously reported by Billboard, three of the Dead’s “core four” players — guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann — plan to continue the party, with John Mayer on guitar. Their first performance as Dead & Company is set for Halloween night (Oct. 31) at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where the Grateful Dead had played more than 50 times since its formation in 1965.

Joining the group on bass is Oteil Burbridge of the Allman Brothers and Aquarium Rescue Unit and Ratdog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, who played all five Fare Thee Well shows alongside Bruce Hornsby. Dead bassist Phil Lesh will sit out this incarnation, but continue with his own side outfit, Phil and Friends.

“Those songs weren’t done with us,” Weir tells Billboard of a decision that came with little deliberation. “It was a matter of who wanted to get back out on the road and keep doing it.” Mayer’s enthusiasm, he adds, “was the cherry on the sundae that made this project look like a good idea.”

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Billy Joel is Everywhere: Pushes Rangers to Friday, Imitated by Gene Ween, Closing Nassau Coliseum

The Piano Man may be 66 but he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

In fact, Billy Joel is seemingly everywhere these days.

The Rangers are forced to play Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night at Madison Square Garden because Billy is playing the Garden tonight (Thursday).

Also on Thursday (tonight) and Sunday, Aaron Freeman, aka Gene Ween (formerly of the band Ween), does the music of Billy Joel at the Brooklyn Bowl and I’ll be in attendance.

The Piano Man will also close out the Nassau Coliseum August 4th, playing the final concert at the Uniondale, New York arena before it undergoes renovations.

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Bobby Weir Doesn’t Rule Out The Dead Playing MSG Again

deadwof5NEW YORK — Even though The Grateful Dead are slated to play their final five shows this summer in Santa Clara and Chicago to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the band, Bobby Weir says it’s possible the legendary rock ‘n’ roll group could play Madison Square Garden again.

“We’ll be back,” Weir told me Monday at the Garden where The Dead was inducted into the MSG Walk of Fame. Weir was present along with Bill Kreutzmann, Trixie Garcia, daughter of the late Jerry Garcia, and Reya Hart, daughter of Mickey Hart.

Asked if they would return as The Dead, Weir said, “We’ll see, we’ll see what’s shakin.'”

He added: “This place is going to keep calling us back forever.” To read more of this story, click here


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B.B. King Is In Hospice Care

The legendary B.B. King is in hospice care at his Las Vegas home, according to reports.

Via the AP:

The 89-year-old musician posted thanks on his official website for fans’ well-wishes and prayers after he returned home from a brief hospitalization, said Laverne Toney, King’s longtime business manager and current power-of-attorney.

“Mr. King is where he wishes to be,” Toney said. “He’s always told me he doesn’t want to be in a hospital. He wants to be at home.”

An ambulance was summoned Thursday after what Las Vegas police Officer Jesse Roybal characterized as a domestic dispute over medical care. No arrests were made, and Roybal said no criminal complaint was filed.

Toney disputed reports by celebrity website TMZ citing one of King’s daughters as saying she called police because she was upset about her father’s condition and that he had suffered a minor heart attack. Efforts by the Associated Press to reach the daughter, Patty King, were not immediately successful.


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Old Gods Almost Dead: The Stones, The Dead & The Who Among Classic Rock Acts to Ride Again This Summer

In 2001, Stephen Davis’ epic book on The Rolling Stones was published.

It was called Old Gods Almost Dead: The 40-Year Odyssey of the Rolling Stones.

That was 14 years ago and The Stones seemed ancient then.

Old Gods Almost Dead.

Now as we embark on the spring and summer of 2015, a soon-to-be 72-year-old Mick Jagger, a 71-year-old Keith Richards and a soon-to-be 74-year-old Charlie Watts will be prowling the stage on the Zip Codes tour that begins May 24 in San Diego.

“Everybody’s really been enjoying the last few years,” Richards told Rolling Stone for its April 23 edition. “We’re all feeling energized.” To read more of this story, click here


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