When The Dead members – Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir – tour together for their first summer tour since Jerry Garcia's death, they will be joined on the road by such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Steve Winwood (who will perform with their own bands as well as sit in and perform with The Dead during each of their respective shows), and Grateful Dead songwriter Robert Hunter. Also performing as a new member of The Dead is Joan Osborne (CelebrityAccess, April 6, 2003).
Kicking off their four-hour, two-set Summer Getaway Tour on June 15, it
will include Grateful Dead classics like "Fire on the Mountain," "Uncle John's Band" and "Box of Rain" in addition to new material. Winwood will join the band June 17-25 while Willie Nelson & Family co-headline June 27-July 4, where Nelson's last date on the tour will take place at his famous 4th of July picnic in Austin, Texas.
The tour's second leg runs July 29 – August 10 with Dylan co-headlining. This marks the his first time playing with the former Grateful Dead members since he and group toured together on a sold-out stadium tour in 1987.
Rounding out The Dead are keyboardists Jeff Chimenti and Rob Barraco and lead guitarist Jimmy Herring.
The Dead Summer Getaway 2003 Tour itinerary:
June 15 TN Manchester, Bonnaroo Music Festival
June 17 TBA
June 18 MD Columbia, Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 20 NY Saratoga Springs, SPAC
June 21 CT Hartford, The Meadows
June 22 MA Mansfield, Tweeter Center @ Great Woods
June 24-25 NJ Holmdel, PNC Bank Arts Center
June 27-28 Camden, Tweeter Waterfront
June 29 NY Vernon, Vernon Downs Raceway
July 1 WI Milwaukee, Summerfest @Marcus Amphitheater
July 2 MO St. Louis, UMB Bank Pavilion
July 4 Austin, TX Willie Nelson's Picnic
July 6-8 TBA
July 29 TBA
July 30 FL Tampa, St. Pete Times Forum
July 31 TBA
August 2 IL Chicago, Route 66 Raceway
August 3 WI Somerset, Float Rite Amphitheater
August 5 IN Indianapolis, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
August 6 OH Columbus, Polaris Amphitheater
August 8 NY Darien Center, Darien Lakes PAC
August 9-10 TBA