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Lesh to Drop Album on New Label

Summer tour to kick off in May

Posted Mar 22, 2002 12:00 AM

Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh has started Lapis Music, his own imprint on Columbia Records, which will release There and Back Again, the first studio album from his post-Dead ensemble Phil Lesh and Friends, on May 21st. The band released a live album, Love Will See You Through, in 1999.

Guitarists Warren Haynes and Jimmy Herring, keyboardist Rob Barraco and drummer John Molo serve as Lesh's backing band on what will be his first studio work since the Grateful Dead's final studio album, 1989's Built to Last.

"Everybody in this band is adventurous enough to play outside themselves and forget about what they know," Lesh said. "I wanted this band to make a record because I wanted to see whether we could translate that energy that we have live, with the onstage jamming, into compositions for recording, which is really an art in itself. I must say, this band has surpassed my wildest dreams with regards to what they can do in the studio. This is the band I want to keep."

Six of the album's eleven songs were written by regular Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, including "Liberty," a song Hunter co-wrote with Jerry Garcia that has only been available previously on 1999's rarities box set, So Many Roads (1965-1995).

Phil Lesh and Friends have also set an itinerary for a thirty-six-date summer tour that will kick off on May 22nd in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Included among the dates is a six-night stretch (June 27th through July 3rd) where Lesh and Friends will share the stage with the Allman Brothers Band. The lineup of Lesh's friends will be somewhat different than that on the 1999 live album,.

There and Back Again track listing:

Celebration
Night of a Thousand Stars
The Real Thing
Again and Again
No More Do I
Patchwork Quilt
Liberty
Midnight Train
Leave Me Out of This
Welcome to the Underground
Rock-n-Roll Blues

Phil Lesh and Friends tour dates:

5/22: Santa Fe, NM, Paolo Soleri
5/23: Phoenix, Dodge Theater
5/24: San Diego, Open Air Theater
5/25: Los Angeles, Greek Theater
5/26: Las Vegas, The Joint
5/28: Eugene, OR, MacArthur Court
5/29: Portland, OR, Roseland Theater
5/31-6/1: Berkeley, CA, Greek Theater
6/2: Palo Alto, CA, Frost Amphitheater
6/27: Minneapolis, Target Center
6/28: Milwaukee, Summerfest
6/29: Indianapolis, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
6/30: Detroit, DTE Energy Music Theater
7/2: Cleveland, Blossom Music Center
7/3: Cincinnati, Riverbend Amphitheater
7/5-6: Mariaville, NY, Gathering of the Vibes
7/8: Pittsburgh, Amphitheater at Station Square
7/9: Toronto, Molson Amphitheater
7/10: Darien, NY, Darien Lakes PAC
7/12: Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/13: Boston, Tweeter Center
7/14: Wantagh, NY, Jones Beach
7/16: Wilkes Barre, PA, First Union Arena
7/18: Hartford, CT, The Meadows
7/19: Hershey, PA, HersheyPark Star Pavilion
7/20: Camden, NJ, Tweeter Waterfront
7/21: Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/23: Virginia Beach, VA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/25: Raleigh, NC, Alltel Pavilion
7/26: Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/27: Atlanta, HiFi Buys Amphitheater
7/28: West Palm Beach, FL, Mars Music Amphitheater
7/30: Austin, The Backyard
7/31: Dallas, NextStage Theater

ANDREW DANSBY
(March 22, 2002)

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