Warren Haynes Joins The Dead

In the ever-evolving cast of the Dead, Joan Osborne (vocals) and Rob Barraco (keyboard/vocals) are out and jam band guitarist/singer extraordinaire Warren Haynes is in. The veteran player plans to remain active in both Gov’t Mule and the Allman Brothers Band in addition to performing with the dead.

In the midst of a Gov’t Mule tour, the new Dead lineup will debut Feb. 9 at the band’s second annual Winter Jam at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. The band is completed by Phil Lesh (bass), Mickey Hart (drums), Billy Kreutzmann (drums), Bob Weir (guitar), Jimmy Herring (guitar) and Jeff Chimenti (keyboards).

The Dead’s mail order ticketing (GDTS Too) offered a limited amount of tickets for the show, with orders closing yesterday (Jan. 20). Tickets go on sale Sunday to the general public through Ticketmaster.

The band’s official Web site says a summer tour will take shape in two legs, with the first launching in mid-June and lasting through July 4. The second leg will kick off late in July and run through August.

Gov’t Mule will kick off a tour Jan. 27 in Indianapolis, which will feature a mix of headlining shows and, as previously reported, dates opening for Kid Rock. In March, Haynes will be in New York for the Allman Brothers’ annual stand at the Beacon Theatre.

The Dead’s February 2003 show at the Warfield marked its official name change from the Other Ones. After several years estranged, the surviving principal members of the Grateful Dead — Lesh, Hart, Kreutzmann and Weir — reunited under that banner in summer 2002 with Herring, Chimenti and Barraco rounding out the lineup.

Contemporary blues artist Susan Tedeschi joined for several dates on the Other Ones’ 2002 fall reunion tour. Osborne signed on for the Dead’s 2003 Summer Getaway run, the second leg of which was a co-headlining bill with Bob Dylan.

Source billboard.com.

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