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The "Terrapin Station" reunion of surviving Grateful Dead members took place over the weekend in Wisconsin under heavy police scrutiny to allay the fears of local officials that Deadheads would overrun the place.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Grateful Dead fans are eagerly awaiting the Aug. 3-4 reunion of the surviving members of the band at Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, Wis. "Terrapin Station" is the first full-fledged reunion of the former bandmates since Dead vocalist/guitarist
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Grateful Dead fans are buzzing over the spectacular performances being delivered by former GD bassist Phil Lesh's band, Phil Lesh and Friends, on the current summer tour.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

The Who opened its U.S. tour Monday at the Hollywood Bowl with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, the surviving members of the band, offering up the only appropriate tribute to their late partner, bassist John Entwistle, who died last week on the eve of th
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

The Who will embark on its North American tour as scheduled beginning Monday night at the Hollywood Bowl, with Pino Palladino replacing bassist John Entwistle, who died last week on the eve of the tour's planned opening night in Las Vegas.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock 'n' Roll -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

It's no secret that Phil Lesh & Friends has evolved into the best of the post-Grateful Dead solo projects; even the band's most ardent supporters are likely to
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

Bill and Marianne Bruss of Winfield, Ill., are suing their Catholic church, St. John The Baptist, and its officials over the church's "tuition free" education policy. It says parishioners can send their kids to the church's elementary school free ... as l

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

NO GO FOR DEAD SHOW IN WISCONSIN
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Jazz Condition -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

Alto saxophonist Greg Osby is in the vanguard of jazz musicians making inroads to new audiences. An independent thinker and a restless musicologist, Osby has sp
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop music

DEFENDING COMMERCIALISM
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Rock News: Music's high & low notes

EMINEM ON TOP
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Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

GOODBYE ROSIE
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People

Celebrities in the news for May 22
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Rock 'n' Roll -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

Each year the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival offers a sub-theme highlighting a particular world music culture. The native American theme of this year's
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is May 5. Traditional jazz cornetist and valve trombonist Pete Daily was born this day in Portland, Ind., in 1911. He died in 1986.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International
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Phil Lesh
Phil Lesh performs in concert at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Florida on June 22, 2006. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)
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Phillip Chapman Lesh (born March 15, 1940 in Berkeley, California) is a musician and a founding member of the Grateful Dead, with whom he played bass guitar throughout their 30-year career.

After the band's disbanding in 1995, Lesh continued the tradition of Grateful Dead family music with side project Phil Lesh and Friends, which paid homage to the Dead's music by playing their originals, common covers, and the songs of the members of his band. Phil & Friends helped keep a legitimate entity for the band's music to continue but have been on hiatus since 2008. Recently, Lesh has been performing with Furthur alongside former Dead bandmate Bob Weir.

Although Lesh started out as a violin player, in high school he switched to trumpet. Studying under Bob Hansen, he had a keen interest in avant-garde classical music and free jazz; he also studied under the Italian modernist Luciano Berio at Mills College (classmates included minimalist composer Steve Reich, and future Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten). While still a college student he met then-bluegrass banjo player Jerry Garcia. Despite antipodal musical interests, they formed a friendship and eventually Lesh was talked into becoming the bass guitarist for Garcia's new rock group, then known as the Warlocks. According to Lesh, the first song he rehearsed with the band was "I Know You Rider". He joined them for their third or fourth gig (memories vary) and stayed until the end. Lesh noticed that another group had made a record under the name Warlocks when he found their single on Columbia Records at a record store . It turns out that the band "The Warlocks" on that single also ended up changing their name to The Velvet Underground. He suggested to the other band members that they change their name.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Phil Lesh."
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