All "Deadheads" Christmas wishes came true last week when the remaining members of the Grateful Dead announced that they would indeed tour in 2009. After a very successful reunion show last October, the rumors of a tour just caught fire. The last tour by The Dead was the summer of 2004. Now 5 years later, The Dead will do a 19-date tour this spring starting on April 12 and finishing on May 10. The majority of the shows will take place in the Northeast with one in-particular show at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on April 26. Tickets go on sale for this tour on January 23.
While The Dead's tour is the biggest tour announcement of this early 2009, there is other good news for "jambanders". The Allman Brothers Band have announced the dates of their 10-date run at the Beacon Theatre in NY to celebrate the band's 40th Anniversary. Hopefully a full-fledge tour announcement is soon to come. Another jamband that is currently on tour is Umphrey's McGee. Their new album entitled "Mantis" will be released on January 20. They will be appearing at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT on April 5 and at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA on April 8. I highly recommend catching one of their nearby appearances.
Another announcement pertaining to a full Phish tour should be released any day now. The band is currently lined up to play 3 shows at the Hampton Coliseum in early March. They are also rumored to be headlining the Bonnaroo Festival and performing at the Post-Gazette Pavilion in June. Keep you eyes peeled for more dates.
2009 is shaping up nicely to be a dream for fans of Jambands. So, stay tuned for a long strange trip this year.