Bob Weir and Phil Lesh Announce Duo Tour (Their First Ever) for 2018

Bob Weir and Phil Lesh Announce Duo Tour (Their First Ever) for 2018

This one’s a bit special for Grateful Dead fans. In Spring 2018, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh will team up for the Bobby and Phil Tour — marking the first time ever that the pair have played shows as a duo.

Each night, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh will back-to-back sets of acoustic and electric versions of classic songs from the Grateful Dead catalog. This outing will only span six shows and three major cities, so this is surely to send devoted Dead Heads back out on the road for some traveling.

The dates:
March 2 /// New York, NY /// Radio City Music Hall
March 3/// New York, NY /// Radio City Music Hall
March 7 /// Boston, MA /// Wang Theatre
March 8 /// Boston, MA /// Wang Theatre
March 10 /// Chicago, IL /// Chicago Theatre
March 11 /// Chicago, IL /// Chicago Theatre

This news comes after Weir spent much of the fall on the road with the Dead and Company ensemble, and three years after Weir and Lesh ended their long-running project Furthur.

And some context about the tour:

While these two music legends have played together since the inception of the Grateful Dead in 1965, they have appeared jointly infrequently since 2015’s Fare Thee Well shows, where they played for the last time with all four surviving members of the Dead. They have never performed as a duo without a backing band.

Bob weir phil lesh 2018
Photo: Jay Blakesberg

Said Weir:

“I guess it was last summer, Phil and I played a little duo show….we had enough fun so we figured hey lets do this, lets make a little go of this.” While Lesh says “Playing with Bob always brings me great joy.  The intuitive playing that we have developed over five decades of creating music together always leads to new realms of musical experience, something that I find especially exciting, and I think that fans of our music will enjoy this new format as much as I do.”

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