The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 15, 2014.
By United Press International

Bob Weir cancels tour date after collapsing

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., May 1 (UPI) -- The Grateful Dead offshoot Furthur canceled a tour date after singer-songwriter-guitarist Bob Weir was unable to finish a concert in suburban New York City.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, March 15, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, March 15, 2012.
By United Press International
The Dead to rise for tour this spring

The Dead to rise for tour this spring

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The surviving members of the iconic rock group the Grateful Dead have announced plans to embark on their first U.S. concert tour in five years.
Obama resurrects the Dead for one night

Obama resurrects the Dead for one night

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The surviving members of the rock band the Grateful Dead have announced plans to perform a benefit concert for U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Grateful Dead may perform gig for Obama

Grateful Dead may perform gig for Obama

CHICAGO, July 3 (UPI) -- Mickey Hart said he and two other surviving members of the Grateful Dead may reunite for a concert to support U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

Dead to get Sirius airtime

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Grateful Dead critics said the U.S. band was out there; soon it really will be since Sirius Satellite Radio said it would launch a channel devoted to the group.

Dead bassist Lesh has prostate cancer

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The founding bassist of San Francisco's legendary Grateful Dead, Phil Lesh, has revealed on his Web site that he has prostate cancer.

Bonnaroo Fest lines up big talent

MANCHESTER, Tenn., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The 2006 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee is changing to feature mainstream and indie rockers alongside the traditional jam bands.

Grateful Dead cuts kills sharing network

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A large part of Deadhead culture has always been the exchange of Grateful Dead "bootleg" recordings, a practice the band encouraged and endorsed -- until now.

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trombonist Charlie Irvis, who played with Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton, was born in New York City on this day in 1899.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for March 15-21.
By United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

"To Whom it May Concern," the debut album from Lisa Marie Presley, entered the Billboard album charts at No. 5, selling more than 140,000 copies in its first week and making it one of the year's highest debuts.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Kenny Chesney's Margaritas'n'Senoritas Tour is the No. 1 ticket seller for the first quarter of 2003, according to Pollstar figures.
JOHN SWENSON, 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)

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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