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Remaining Grateful Dead Members To Reunite For Chicago Concerts


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The four surviving members of legendary rock band the Grateful Dead are set to reunite this July for a series of concerts in Chicago. The shows will celebrate the band's 50th anniversary and mark their first performance together since 2008.

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The reunion will feature the band's remaining members, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. While three unconfirmed guests will be drafted in to replace frontman Jerry Garcia who died 20 years ago.

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Martin Scorsese Working on Grateful Dead Career-Spanning Documentary


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Martin Scorsese is working on a career-spanning retrospective documentary of the Grateful Dead. Scorsese is producing the film in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary next year, with Amir Bar-Lev directing.

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"Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir is the perfect guy to help us do it," said surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in a joint statement.

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Modern Bluesman Bobby Blue Bland Dies in Memphis Aged 83


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Bobby (Blue) Bland, the balladeer whose sophisticated style modernized the blues, has died at his home in Germantown, near Memphis, aged 83. Bobby's death was confirmed his son Rodd, who played drums in his band. Despite possessing all the natural attributes of, say, Ray Charles and B.B King, Bland never reached the same lofty heights as some of his more popular contemporaries though remained a mainstay on the rhythm-and-blues circuit for decades.

His vocals, punctuated by the occasional James Brown esque shout, took on an air of emotional pleading and he influenced everyone from Otis Redding to Wilson Pickett. Younger music fans may recognise Mr Bland's 1974 single 'Ain't No Love In The Heart of the City' on his 2001 album The Blueprint.

Mr Bland matched his sharp vocals with elegant stage wear and became a hugely recognisable performer on the circuit. He formed a close working bond with trumpet player and arranger Joe Scott, the men accounting for more than 30 Top 20 rhythm-and-blues singles for Duke Records in Houston. Many contemporary rock bands covered songs from these years, including The Grateful Dead (Love Light), The Band (Share Your Love With Me), and Van Morrison (Ain't Nothing You Can Do). 

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Grateful Dead Land New York Venue Honour

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Grateful Dead's Bill Kreutzmann To Release Memoir Ahead Of 50th Anniversary Tour

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The Grateful Dead Alive Again For 50th Anniversary

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Grateful Dead Manager Dies

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Phil Lesh & Bob Weir End Furthur As Dead Reunion Talk Heats Up

Grateful Dead stars Phil Lesh and Bob Weir have disbanded their jam group Furthur.The split news has fuelled rumours suggesting the two veteran rockers are...

Bob Weir Scraps Ratdog Shows

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Rare Grateful Dead Performance Heading To Cinemas For One-off Screening

A rare German Tv recording of the Grateful Dead on tour in Europe in 1972 is heading for the big screen for one night only.The...

Phil Lesh Still Struggling With Jerry Garcia's Sudden Death

Grateful Dead rocker Phil Lesh fears he will never fully get over the loss of frontman Jerry Garcia, almost two decades after the singer's death.The...

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Grateful Dead Drummers To Team Up At Gathering Of The Vibes

Grateful Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart will kickstart the band's 50th anniversary celebrations by performing together for the first time in three years...

Phil Lesh Signs Exclusive Tour Deal

Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh has signed a new deal to perform a 45-show residency at New York's Capitol Theater in 2014 to avoid...

Former Grateful Dead Stars Sued Over Concert Footage Rights

The surviving members of the Grateful Dead are facing legal action from a concert filmmaker over allegations of copyright infringement.Len Dell'Amico claims he had an...

Grateful Dead Star Back Onstage After Health Scare

Former Grateful Dead star Bob Weir returned to the stage on Wednesday night (12Jun13) over a month after cancelling a string of shows following a...

Grateful Dead Fans Furious Over Jerry Garcia Theatre Name Change

Fans of rock legends the Grateful Dead have united in a bid to stop plans to change the name of a California theatre dedicated to...

Bob Weir Takes Hiatus After Stage Collapse

Grateful Dead star Bob Weir is taking a break from performing after collapsing onstage in New York last week (ends28Apr13).The veteran rocker was performing with...

Grateful Dead's Bob Weir Collapses Onstage

Grateful Dead star Bob Weir sparked concern for his health on Thursday (25Apr13) after collapsing onstage during a concert in New York.The rocker was performing...

Mickey Hart Accused Of Attacking Tour Bus Owner

Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart's legal woes have taken a bizarre turn after it emerged he's accused of beating up the owner of his...

Mickey Hart Caught Out By Assault Allegation, Arrest Warrant

Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is "baffled" by reports there is a warrant out for his arrest in Kentucky because he has no idea...

Warrant Issued For Former Grateful Dead Star's Arrest

Former Grateful Dead star Mickey Hart is a wanted man - a warrant has been issued for his arrestThe drummer, real name Michael Hartman, has...

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