The Furthur lineup consists of Jeff Chimenti, John Kadlecik, Joe Russo, Sunshine Becker and Jeff Pehrson. Phil Lesh and Bob Weir had previously been touring as a two man band in RatDog since 1995 and have since put the act on hiatus to perform as part of Furthur. Beginning with a west coast run, the band has mapped out a 22-dates expected to run from the weekend of September 16th in Oregon to the weekend of November 20 with a two night stint at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This tour follows the bandâ€™s critically acclaimed winter and summer tours, with several festival appearances in between.
The tour is somewhat of a revisit of the past: appearing at venues once played by Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead back in the â€˜70s, Phil and Friends in the â€˜90s, Ratdog in the 2000s and some combination of members from each. Red Rocks in Colorado in particular is a venue that holds most dear to Dead Heads as the Grateful Dead began performing there in â€™78, with each of the membersâ€™ project band visiting the amphitheater throughout the last decade.