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Furthur is a rock band founded in 2009 by former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh. The band's lineup also includes John Kadlecik of the Dark Star Orchestra, Joe Russo of the Duo, and RatDog members Jeff Chimenti and Jay Lane.


Bob Weir and Phil Lesh began performing together again in 2008 and 2009, for the first time in four years, with a reunion of The Dead. A few months after The Dead's 2009 tour the musicians announced that they had formed a new band with Jerry Garcia sound-alike John Kadlecik from Dark Star Orchestra. Also included in the band were RatDog and The Dead's keyboardist Jeff Chimenti as well as drummers Jay Lane (also from Ratdog) and Joe Russo (from Benevento/Russo Duo).

Of note: Rhythm Devils Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, who are The Dead's drummers, and were the original drummers of Grateful Dead, are not part of Furthur.


The band debuted with performances on September 18, 19, and 20, 2009, at the Fox Theatremarker in Oakland, Californiamarker. Shortly after these shows they announced five more shows East Coast shows in December 2009, including performances in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, as well as two New Years shows in San Francisco.

On November 18, 2009, John Kadlecik announced that he was leaving the Dark Star Orchestra (DSO) after seven years in order to continue performing with Furthur. He noted that it would not be fair to divide his time between Furthur and DSO. This announcement was followed by the announcement of a 21-date nationwide tour in 19 cities scheduled for February and March 2010. Two days later, Furthur performed an unannounced show at the 300-person-capacity 19 Broadway niteclub in Fairfax, Californiamarker.


  1. "Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Joe Russo, Jay Lane, Jeff Chimenti and John Kadlecik Form New Band "Furthur", Set Dates For September, JamBase, August 14, 2009
  2. "Phil Lesh and Bob Weir to Perform with Joe Russo, Jay Lane, Jeff Chimenti and DSO's John Kadlecik", Relix, August 13, 2009
  3. Greenhaus, Mike. "Phil Lesh and Bob Weir Go Further", Relix, September 21, 2009

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