Grateful Dead to reunite for Obama concert
Sat Feb 2, 2008
(Reporting by Adam Tanner)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters Life!) - The Grateful Dead, the San Francisco
cult rock band that has played at political events since the 1960s,
will reunite on Monday for the first time in four years to rally
support for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, a
spokesman said on Friday.
Band leader Jerry Garcia died in 1995. Surviving members have played
together occasionally since then, most recently in 2004. On Monday,
original members Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will play at a
San Francisco theater a day before California's primary.
"They have agreed to reunite for this one-time-only event in order to
lend support to Senator Obama leading into the crucial
'Super-Tuesday' series of primaries held on Tuesday, February 5th,"
the band said in a statement.
The band gained fame with its free-form psychedelic music when the
counterculture movement flourished in San Francisco in the 1960s, and
they attracted many loyal fans who came to be known as "Deadheads."
Remaining Grateful Dead members reunite for Obama concert
By Shay Quillen
Three surviving members of the Grateful Dead - Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh
and Bob Weir - will reunite at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Warfield in
San Francisco for "Deadheads for Obama," a concert to support
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
The concert, which will also feature Lesh's current band of Friends -
Jackie Greene, John Molo and Steve Molitz - marks the first time
Hart, Lesh and Weir have performed together since 2004.
According to a press release from the band, the show is a one-time
event designed to lend support to Obama leading into the crucial
"Super Tuesday" series of primaries and caucuses to be held in
California and more than 20 other states the following day.
Tickets for $35 sold out almost immediately after the show was
announced on Friday afternoon, but those who missed out can view a
live simulcast at www.iclips.net.