Grateful Dead stars Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are reuniting to celebrate the iconic rock band's 50th anniversary. The quartet will headline three mega-gigs at Chicago, Illinois' soldier Field in early July (15) with guests including the group's former touring member Bruce Hornsby and Phish star Trey Anastasio.
Announcing the news via an online video on Friday (16Jan15), Trixie Garcia, the daughter of the band's late leader Jerry Garcia, says, "This year is the 50th anniversary of the band we all know and love - the Grateful Dead. There's going to be a celebration.
"This is an amazing American rock band, being celebrated on America's birthday. It's so significant that they're doing the shows in Chicago, a central location for all Deadheads (fans) to gather, and it's also the last place the Grateful Dead played together in 1995."
But Weir reveals there will be a bittersweet element to the reunion concerts, telling Billboard.com, "These will be the last shows with the four of us together."
And Lesh adds, "It is with respect and gratitude that we reconvene the Dead one last time to celebrate not merely the band's legacy, but also the community that we've been playing to, and with, for 50 years."
Rockers Phish recruited legendary Pink Floyd producer Bob Ezrin to work with them on Fuego, their first new album in five years, after realising that he had been behind the controls for many of their favourite releases.
Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Phish and Christina Aguilera will head up the talent at this year's (14) New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The four acts will be joined by Arcade Fire, Santana, Vampire Weekend, Robert Plant, Public Enemy and John Fogerty, among others at the 45th annual music event, which will take place in Louisiana over two weekends in April and May (14).
Rockers Phish's annual end-of-year parties in New York were marred by over 200 drug-related arrests. Police officers arrested 238 fans after the band's first three shows at Madison Square Garden prior to a New Year's Eve bash on Tuesday (31Dec13).
Most of the arrests were drug related.
The New York Times reports one man was arrested outside the venue after cops uncovered 424 capsules of MDMA, 71 strips of LSD and 14 bags of mushrooms on his person.
Oregon rockers Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks have scored their own flavour of ice cream to celebrate the release of their new album. Bandmembers have teamed up with bosses at New York's Momofuku Milk Bar to create the frozen treat, which has been named Cinnamon and Lesbians, after their track of the same name.
Full details of the dessert's ingredients have yet to be revealed, but it will be served up to fans from early January (14) for a limited time to coincide with the release of their album Wig Out At Jagbags.
Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks aren't the first celebrities to land their own ice cream flavours - actor Alec Baldwin, jam band Phish and late Grateful Dead star Jerry Garcia have all had Ben & Jerry flavours created in their name.
Phish star Trey Anastasio is taking a break from recording the band's new album to embark on a solo tour. The rocker is currently in the studio working on the group's forthcoming Wingsuit record, their first in four years, but he is going on a brief hiatus to hit the road on his own with the Trey Anastasio Band.
The U.S. tour, which will mark the first time the band has played since 2005, will kick off its tour on 28 January (14).
Before Anastasio goes on his solo tour, Phish is set to play four sold-out shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden, starting on New Year's Day (01Jan14).
Rockers Phish have invited Peter Gabriel to join them onstage for their annual Halloween gig to perform classic Genesis album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway in its entirety. Singer Trey Anastasio has confirmed reports he approached the former Genesis frontman with the idea of performing the prog-rock album two years ago (11), but nothing came of their discussions.
Gabriel has since made it clear he wasn't completely opposed to the idea of a one-off tribute show with Phish and now superfan Anastasio is keen to make the concept concert happen.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I'm such a big fan of Peter Gabriel, I can't even begin to tell you. I've been one my whole lifetime, so just hearing his voice on the phone was kind of exciting. If he wanted to (do this) with us, I would do it... That album had a huge effect on me, and (Phish drummer) Jon Fishman as well.
"I spent most of my high school years in a dark closet with headphones on listening to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway."
Phish perform another group's classic album over Halloween annually and the band has yet to decide what to perform at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall this year.
Anastasio admits he'd love to play The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway: "That would be great. I can play that album in my sleep, but we'll only do it if (Gabriel) does it with us. Peter Gabriel, if you want to do The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway with us this Halloween, we're your band."
If the Sledgehammer hitmaker agrees to the concept show, it will mark his first performance of Genesis songs onstage in 30 years.
He briefly considered a reunion tour with his former bandmates in 2005 but reportedly backed out of the project due to scheduling conflicts and commitments.
Rockers Phish cancelled their show in Toronto, Canada on Tuesday (09Jul13) due to "public safety issues" after a storm caused a power outage in the city. The band was due to play at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, but heavy rain brought chaos to the area and prompted the group to postpone the gig until later this month (Jul13).
A post on the Phish website reads, "Due to insurmountable transportation and public safety issues resulting from the power outage in Toronto after severe downpours in the city, Phish's performance... at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre has been postponed. The show has been moved to Monday, July 22...
"Phish has been greatly looking forward to their first Toronto appearance in nearly 13 years. Everyone involved worked tirelessly throughout the day and exhausted all options, but ultimately, public safety had to come first. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause."
A number of concerts, by artists including Carly Rae Jepsen, KISS and Bruno Mars, have been cancelled in Canada in recent weeks due to severe flooding.
Who could have guessed that navigating the Great White Way would be more challenging than the Narrow Sea? After receiving generally negative reviews from critics and disappointing ticket sales (despite attendance from some peeping creepers on opening night) the Broadway adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's, featuring Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke as charming leading lady Holly Golightly, is ending on Sunday, April 21.
According to the Associated Press, the show — which began previews on March 4 and just opened on March 20 — was originally slated to run until August 25 (according to the Cort Theater, which is where the show is currently running in New York City) but it was announced on Tuesday that the curtain would be closing much sooner than that. The AP reports, "It will have played 17 preview and 38 regular performances ... For the week ending April 7, the show managed to take in just $337,621, or 38 percent of its $896,290 potential. The theater was also half full." And with that, Clarke will go from having a feline as her main companion back to those coveted dragons.
Of course, having a big name attached to a Broadway production doesn't mean critics and audiences will flock to it. Recently, David Mamet's The Anarchist failed to meet expectations and Hands on a Hardbody (which featured music from Phish frontman Trey Anastasio) closed after 28 previews and 28 regular performances and weak ticket sales. While Scarlett Johansson's limited engagement run in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof closed as planned on March 30 and Tom Hanks' limited engagement debut in Lucky Guy is set to run through June 16, they were hardly the runaway Broadway powerhouses they could have been thanks to mixed reviews.
Hey, that's showbiz, Daenerys.
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Phish star Trey Anastasio's new Broadway musical is to close after just three weeks. Hands on a Hardbody opened last month (21Mar13), but the show hasn't been a hit with theatregoers, and now producers have opted to bring the curtain down on the production on 13 April (13).
The play, which debuted in California a year ago (12), featured music by Anastasio and Amanda Green.