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B-Rad
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Hiatus!!!

#283554 12 months ago
After more than four years of heavy, year-round touring, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir have decided to put their band Furthur on hiatus in 2014. After the four night Furthur run in Mexico in January, the band will take the rest of 2014 off so that Phil and Bob can focus on their countless solo projects.

Furthur came together in September, 2009, and from its inception was a band Phil and Bob were completely committed to, and still are. In the 18 years since the Grateful Dead stopped being a touring entity, Furthur has proven to be the longest-tenured, and most active band featuring two or more former members of the Grateful Dead. With shows that keep the Dead vibe alive while pushing the musical envelope, well, furthur, this band has brought smiles to hundreds of thousands of fans in the past four years. Most impressive is that this has become a true band, and not just Phil and Bob plus some side players. John Kadlecik (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), Joe Russo (drums), and Sunshine Becker and Jeff Pehrson (vocals) have joined the trip to create a band that has become one of the most exciting, honest and inspired touring acts in music today.

What does 2014 hold for Phil and Bob? If their activities outside of Furthur in the past four years are any indication, plenty. Phil’s been playing virtually every night when not on tour with Furthur, whether at his Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA, or on the road with Phil Lesh & Friends. Bob’s been hosting one of the most unique web-based variety shows in history, Weir Here, every Wednesday night when he’s not touring, presented live from his TRI Studios in San Rafael. Additionally, Bob’s been having a blast playing his solo acoustic shows, as well as other gigs and tours with newer arrivals to the party. He plans to keep doing what he’s doing, and more of it.

The last time the word “hiatus” was used in regards to the Grateful Dead world was in 1974, and we all know how much good that break inspired. They returned a year and a half later, stronger than ever, and for another 20 years. Furthur’s not breaking up; they’re simply taking a much-needed break. One way or another, we’ll see you around.
SunshineSue
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Life is sweeter for this!

Re: Hiatus!!!

#283556 12 months ago
Source??????
CosmicCookie
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Its dizzying, the possibilities...

Re: Hiatus!!!

#283557 12 months ago
This news has me beyond depressed.
Thanks boys, I'm excited for my 21st Furthur show in 2015.
Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don't be sorry
B-Rad
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Re: Hiatus!!!

#283558 12 months ago
The band itself. Its real. Enjoy every last show!!!
SunshineSue
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Life is sweeter for this!

Re: Hiatus!!!

#283559 12 months ago
B-Rad wrote:
The band itself. Its real. Enjoy every last show!!!

Unless Bob himself called you, I'm not sure what you mean by "the band itself". Is this from Facebook or what????
B-Rad
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Re: Hiatus!!!

#283560 12 months ago
The bands facebook not the fan site. Plus it is all over the internet now. Check the Philzone or Ratdog board. Its real.
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NobleGlassArt
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Re: Hiatus!!!

#283563 12 months ago
It's true.
Twenty-seven years of nothing but failures and promises that I couldn't keep
Stonedbeetle
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Re: Hiatus!!!

#283565 12 months ago
Saw the post as well. Knew the day was coming, but this is hitting me way harder, way quicker than I would have expected. Saying they will be back is positive, but realistically . . . . with their ages and health to consider, it would be unbelievable.

Just so happy I had the chance to get out there and see shows again. After Jerry passed, I figured the whole thing was done. So this was a very nice unexpected bonus that I am truly happy and grateful for. And it lasted way longer, and was much higher quality than I ever would have imagined.

As you progress though life there are many things, places, people, and interests, that come and go. I have been fortunate to do many things that a lot of people just don't get to do, but nothing has stayed with me quite like this thing has, and while I am thankful for all the good fortunate that has come my way. This whole deal was tops on my list.
Bound to cover just a little more ground . . .
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Phred
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Re: Hiatus!!!

#283570 12 months ago
Also knew this day was coming, but hoped for a bit longer run. Oh well, what a fun ride it has been...the music will continue and the vibes will stay positive, things just morph into other things. Be ready to catch the next wave because it will come...maybe not with the same players, but with the same passion and love for the music.

THANK YOU, FURTHUR, for some amazing experiences that this brain won't soon forget.
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SunshineSue
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Life is sweeter for this!

Re: Hiatus!!!

#283571 12 months ago
As much as I like the other projects, Furthur has been much more fun and much more like "the old days" than any other group for me. Not to mention discovering a whole new internet world along the way. I'm incredibly bummed about this, though I'm very, very glad to have both Red Rocks and Mexico coming up. Still, I feel sick....
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