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Phil’s New Band – ‘Furthur’

As rumoured here the other day, Phil has teamed up with Bobby, John K. from DSO, Jay Lane and Jeff Chimenti from Ratdog, and Joe Russo under the name ‘Furthur’ for a few shows in Oakland in mid-September.


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Phil’s New Phriends?

The rumor mills are churning today with news that Phil Lesh is getting together a new band consisting of Bob Weir, John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra’s faux-Jerry), Joe Russo, and 2 other mystery members. The band is supposedly doing a short run at the Fox Theater in Oakland, September 18-20th. Bets are on as to the other members – likely Baracco, Segal, or Molitz on keys and a 3rd guitar player? We’ll just have to wait and see on the details, hopefully coming soon.

Phil Lesh: Then

Phil Lesh: Then

There are a lot of mixed feelings out there about Phil enlisting John K. but it’s hard to argue with his jedi-like mastery of the Jerry songbook. It sure will be interesting to see how John and Bob mix in the same band – I, for one, see a steam locomotive trainwreck, rolling down the tracks. Time will tell, and until it does let’s just rejoyce that Phil is making moves and keepin’ the music alive.

And Now

And Now

Dark Star Orchestra – Philadelphia, PA – 5/30/09

Last Saturday at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Grateful Dead Jedi-Knights Dark Star Orchestra went to intergalactic war with a classic early 80’s Dead show – 10/15/83 from the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, CT and what a treat it was.



Rarely heard gems like ‘Wang Dang Doodle’ and ‘Keep Your Day Job’ were intermingled with classic rockers ‘I Know You Rider’,  ‘Throwing Stones’, and a ‘One More Saturday Night’ that almost tore that ol’ building down. Other highlights included a lightning speed ‘Let It Grow’, a Phil-Bombtastic ‘Minglewood Blues’, and a ‘Playing In The Band’ that went to the depths and beyond. As if that wasn’t enough, the band finished off the show at 1:00 AM and then capped things off with a with a complimentary ‘filler’ of ‘Midnight Hour’, ‘Easy Wind’, and the famous Blues For Allah Medley ‘Help/Slip!/Franklin’s Tower’. Check out the setlist and original Grateful Dead bootleg from the show below.

Dark Star Orchestra


Dark Star Orchestra performing:
The Grateful Dead
Hartford Civic Center
Hartford, CT

Set 1
Feel Like A Stranger
Dire Wolf
New Minglewood Blues
Brown Eyed Women
Wang Dang Doodle
Big Railroad Blues
Let It Grow ->
Keep Your Day Job

Set 2
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Playing In The Band ->
China Doll ->
Drums ->
Space ->
Throwing Stones ->
One More Saturday Night

Brokedown Palace

Midnight Hour
Easy Wind
Help On The Way ->
Slipknot! ->
Franklin’s Tower

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