The Grateful Dead Founding Member Bob Weir Is Developing A Limited Tv Series About Life On The Road With His Legendary Band.
The rocker is working with bosses at Internet streaming site Amazon to adapt longtime roadie Steve Parish's 2003 book Home Before Midnight: My Life on the Road with The Grateful Dead into a series.
Parish began working with the band's road crew in 1969, and followed the band for more than 30 years.
Weir will executive produce the project and oversee all the music for for the show.
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Phil Lesh, in a letter apologising to fans for two cancelled concerts, revealed has bladder cancer.
Phil Lesh, the bassist for The Grateful Dead, revealed his cancer diagnosis on Friday (16th October). The 75-year-old announced he was cancelling two performances in October and, in a letter apologising to fans, revealed he has bladder cancer.
Phil Lesh (L) and Bob Weir (R) at a fundraising event for The Grateful Dead: Now Playing exhibition at the New York Historical Society in 2009.
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The Grateful Dead Are Not Dead, Despite Wrapping Up Their Farewell Shows Last Month (Jul15) - Three Of The Four Remaining Members Have Formed A New Supergroup With John Mayer.
After breaking records with their Fare Thee Well shows earlier this summer (15), Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have teamed up with singer/songwriter Mayer under the name Dead & Company, and the new band will hit the road on Halloween night (31Oct15) at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Dead bassist Phil Lesh will not be a part of the line-up because he's busy with his own act, Phil and Friends.
Announcing the news, Weir tells Billboard.com, "Those songs weren't done with us. It was a matter of who wanted to get back out on the road and keep doing it."
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U.s. President Barack Obama Has Paid Tribute To The Grateful Dead By Penning A Message To The Iconic Band Ahead Of Their Final Show In Chicago, Illinois This Weekend (04-05jul15).
The hitmakers closed out their 50-year career at Soldier Field on America's Independence Day weekend with many celebrities including Katy Perry, John Mayer, Woody Harrelson and Chloe Sevigny in the audience to show their support.
On Friday (03Jul15), President Obama paid tribute to the rockers, who played a show in support of his 2008 campaign.
He wrote, "Here's to fifty years of The Grateful Dead, an iconic American band that embodies the creativity, passion, and ability to bring people together that makes American music so great.
The Dead's last ever shows will be available online for a fee.
To celebrate their last ever live shows, The Grateful Dead have announced that their concerts at Soldier Field in Chicago – dubbed ‘Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead’ - are to be broadcast live around the world.
In January this year, the four remaining members of the ‘60s legends – Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir – announced that they’ll be playing the three final shows at the home of the Chicago Bears, in front of 70,000 ‘Deadheads’, as the group’s fans call themselves.
The Grateful Dead will be making their final shows available through online streams and cinemas in the U.S.
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Rocker John Mayer Is Reportedly Preparing To Tour With The Surviving Members Of The Grateful Dead Following The Cult Band's Upcoming 50th Anniversary Shows.
Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are reuniting under the official group name this July (15) to perform a trio of shows with Phish star Trey Anastasio to celebrate their milestone at Chicago, Illinois' Soldier Field, where they last played with tragic frontman Jerry Garcia, a month before his death in August, 1995.
Now Billboard.com reports Weir and company are considering returning to the road later this year (15) to join forces with Mayer on his autumn trek, playing as his backing band.
The news emerges two months after Mayer, who is a big fan of The Grateful Dead, rocked out with Weir on classic hits Truckin' and Althea while he guest-hosted America's The Late Late Show in February (15).
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Rockers The Grateful Dead are set to celebrate their 50th anniversary with the release of a new documentary next year (15).
The untitled project will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese.
It will feature never-before-seen footage of performances, as well as new interviews with surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir, according to Deadline.com.
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Filmmaker Malcolm Leo and veteran manager John Hartmann have secured the music rights to the band's extensive catalogue and they are teaming up to shoot a feature-length film about the late rocker.
The project will centre around a three-hour conversation Leo conducted with Garcia in 1987. It will also contain never-before-seen performances and rare home movies, according to Deadline.com.
The film, which is set for a spring (12) release, will also feature a rare interview with Garcia's eldest daughter, Annabelle.
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Back in 1964, Author of classic novel 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', Ken Kesey, set off on a famous road trip across the USA to the New York World's Fair. He was accompanied by what came to be known as 'The Merry Band of Pranksters', a rebellious group of truth-seekers, one of which was Neal Cassady, an icon celebrated in Kerouac's 'On the Road', and the man in charge of decorating and driving their transport - the Magic Bus.
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Terrence Malick's long-awaited Tree of Life was finally unspooled at the Cannes Film Festival today (Monday), receiving polite applause mixed with scattered boos from an overflow crowd of reporters attending a morning screening. Most, however, were No Doubt left mystified by Malick's laudable attempt to portray the mundane life of a nuclear family of the 1950s against the nucleus of the living world itself. A lengthy section of the film amounts to a visual poem about the paradox of creation and destruction, the sort of cosmic montage that used to screen behind The Grateful Dead at a Ken Kesey Acid Test at the Longshoreman's Hall in San Francisco in the '60s. What's it all about? Malick himself did not come to Cannes to explain. Producer Grant Hill, who did, justified Malick's absence at a news conference by remarking, "He puts the film out there and expects people to make what they want to make of it." Brad Pitt, the star of the film -- he plays what he described as "an oppressive father" -- told reporters that movies may be the only art form where the artist is expected to act as his own salesman, a role Malick shies away from. Also a no-show Sean Penn, who plays the grown-up version of one of the three boys in Pitt's family. His role is barely more than a cameo -- and he was not even mentioned at today's news conference.
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