Last week, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir announced they would be teaming up with John Kadlecik from Dark Star Orchestra, Joe Russo from the Beneveuto Rosso Duo, as well as Jay Lane and Jim Chimenti from Ratdog. The band is going under the name Furthur and has announced three shows in September at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA.
The mix of artists is interesting, however, there are certainly mixed feelings about the project. Having Phil and Bob co-heading a group could create problems. However, it seems John K. is a suitable person to take on Jerry’s songbook. He has clearly developed a similar style that fits the Dead’s playing far more than Warren Haynes (which in my opinion was a trainwreck).
Here’s a DSO show, the playing is pretty good. The vocals certainly need work, which is where Bob and Phil will be coming in.
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