the dead on tour again. ---two questions:

1) who is warren haynes?

2) what cities?
1) Warren Haynes is the lead guitarist for the Allman Bros. and for Govt. Mule.

2) A bunch of cities, mostly East Coast:

You can find all this on the web...
Warren Haynes- wikipedia:

Tour cities:
April 12 Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum
April 14 Washington DC Verizon Center
April 15 Charlottesville VA John Paul Jones Arena
April 17 Albany NY Times Union Center
April 18 Worcester MA DCU Center
April 19 Worcester MA DCU Center
April 21 Buffalo NY HSBC Arena
April 22 Wilkes-Barre PA Wachovia Arena @ Casey Plaza
April 24 Uniondale NY Nassau Coliseum
April 25 New York NY Madison Square Garden
April 26 Hartford CT XL Center
April 28 E. Rutherford NJ IZOD Center
April 29 E. Rutherford NJ IZOD Center
May 1 Philadelphia PA Wachovia Spectrum
May 2 Philadelphia PA Wachovia Spectrum
May 5 Chicago IL All State Arena
May 7 Denver CO Pepsi Center
May 9 Los Angeles CA The Forum
May 10 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheater
It will be nice to see Jerry playing again....
Third question--who cares?
Dodge, based upon the fact that they will probably sell out every one of those venues within several hours of the tickets being available, I'd say PLENTY of folks care.

Don't be a dick...

god i miss jerry
I was introduced to the Grateful Dead back in ohhhh, 1972 and my first shows were in the mid seventies. Not the time or place to discuss or defend the muscical merits or contributions this band has made here ( or Jerry Garcia for that matter ), but I did see where the 4 original members are playing together again....and for a moment a smile came to my face and my feet began to tap to Scarlet Begonias as well as other Dead songs started to swirl in my head. There was just something about this band live that just got me....after Jerry died, I went to a couple of Rat Dog shows and also a Phil Lesch show but when they played their Dead songs.....sorry, the magic was just not there. The music was good but it was just not the same. I would like to see these guys play together again, but I'm sure I'd walk out after the show and say to myself....''hey, that was fun, music was good....but it wasn't a Grateful Dead show''.
"Who is Warren Haynes?" That's like asking what's salt? He's only one of the five best remaining guitarist alive and he's from right in my home town of Asheville NC.
Warren Haynes is Dickie Betts successor.
i guess the problem i have is listening to shows from 70-71 (from the vault vol 3, Ladies & Gents the GD, and Dix vol 4), there is no way this iteration of the band can hold a candle to when they were the best R&R band in the world. the interplay of Jerry, Phil, Bobby & Bill was incredible, and they would just tear it up supporting a Pigpen rap. what a band. if only we could have frozen that version of the band in time...

i miss JG.
Warren Haynes has plenty of experience playing Dead music. When the Dead toured in '05 Warren was in the band, also Warren was a member of Phil and Friends. In addition, Warren has also "sat in" with Bob Weir's group, Ratdog on many occasions. Granted Warren doesn't play like Jerry, but if anybody can fill Jerry's shoes it would be Warren. Of course, this depends on whether or not, Phil and Bobby will allow Warren to be Warren. Warren is one of the few musicians who knows how to fit in, and enhance any musically situation that he finds himself involved with.
Hey, I would put the original Grateful Dead on my list of the top five rock bands of all time. I regularly listen to their classic albums (American Beauty, Skull and Roses, Steal Your Face, Workingman's Dead, ETC). But let's get real--the last time I saw them (in 1981) they were well past their prime and they still had Garcia playing lead guitar. Am I the only one that considers these aged rock/nostalgia acts sadly absurd? Pay well over a hundred dollars to see a 60+ year old Pete Townshend smash his guitar ONE MORE TIME? To watch Mick Jaggar strut his 60+ year old "stuff" on stage? The whole idea of these "has been" bands reuniting for profit to play huge concert venues with bad sound really turns me off. Yeah, the Dead will probably sell out wherever they go. So will the Allman's at their annual Beacon Theater series--yeah, a friend with free tickets dragged me to one of those about 10 years ago--what a horrific spectacle that was! I just don't know what it is about these events that compels people to open their wallets. It must be pure nostalgia because the music sure stinks and the sound, more often than not, is worse. I don't mean to come off as a "dick" but I just can't imagine why anyone would want to see the tattered remnants of the Grateful Dead at another arena tour concert. They were awful 25 years ago--I can't imagine how much worse they sound today.
It will be nice to see Jerry playing again....

How are you going to do that? Are you planning on joining him?

If you saw Allman Brothers 10 years ago I can understand you thinking of them as one of those "aged rock/nostalgia acts" as that was the direction that Dickey Betts was leading the band in, and was one of the reasons why that Dickey was let go.

But that's not way the band sounds nowadays. Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks definely keep the band sounding fresh and vital. If you get a chance check the Allman Brothers out again. Also if you a chance, check out the Derek Trucks Band, as it will give you a good idea of what musical direction Duane Allman might gone in, if he had lived. Even Downbeat magazine has spoken well of Derek in past issues.

Speaking of Duane Allman, that's one musician I wish I could see play again.
For those of you interested in listening to live shows throughout the years and have a PC audio system of some sort, check out this website if you haven't already:

There are streamable soundboard recordings and downloadable/ streamable audience recordings. Like comfort food to me...

Best, Peter
The difference between bands like the Allman Brothers (the last 8 or so years), Ratdog, Phil and Friends, and the likes of the Rolling Stones and The Who is that the former are jam bands where there is allot of improvisation and different song sets every night. I love the Stones and The Who but at this stage their live show is a little bit, well, old and irrelevant.

I saw the Allman Brothers in Atlanta a couple of years ago and it was fantastic. They had a couple of guest including Susan Tedishi, Derick Trucks wife, and a violinist from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. It was an exciting concert full of surprises. You could tell that there wasn't allot of rehersal and the musicians were looking at each other to see what to do next all the while not missing a beat. They were both tight and loose simultaneously and having a ball. Musicians in these type of bands are melding improvisational jazz, rock, alt country and everything in between. I've been to my share of concerts of this ilk and I've seen a few stinkers. But for the most part, Ive witnessed some very creative musicians taking chances and making memorable and fresh sounding music.

These are musicians musicians and Jerry was at the top of the heap... just ask the likes of Dillon who once said that Jerry was his favorite interpreter of his songs or Eric Clapton who claims Jerry as one his favorite guitarist. Warren Haynes is well on his way garnering this type of respect from his peers.
Warren Haynes is the hardest working man in rock and roll. I don't think he ever stops playing whether it's with one of the Dead spin off bands, the Allman Brothers or his band Gov't Mule. Warren can play guitar and can sing, with a deep growling voice and an appearance like Pig Pen from the Dead (a little scary looking). I've seen Gov't Mule in concert several times and they put on a great show. He alone is worth the price of admission, IMO.
Peter s, Thanks for that cool link! I'll be listening for days now.
The Allman Bros. have always been a favorite of mine. Sadly, I never caught them with Duane, and the one time I actually got to see them (about 10 yrs ago) Gregg appeared to be in bad shape (and sounded terrible) and the show truly sucked. Fortunately, I later saw Gregg Allman and Friends in a small venue, and it was a fantastic show. I would go see the new Grateful Dead tour just to hear Warren Haynes, and consider the rest of the band a bonus. When do the tickets go on sale?
You should run to your local record shop and buy at least one of the following:

Gov't Mule: self-titled 1st album
Gov't Mule: Life Before Insanity
Gov't Mule: Dose

Return home asap.
Pour your favorite beverage & hit play.
This group does not pretend to be the Grateful Dead. Hence the name, The Dead. No one is forcing anyone to see this band but if your like me no one has to. I started to see the band live in the early seventies, Pigpen was still alive and Keith and Donna had just joined. For me the Keith and Donna years were the most satisfying, musically and personally. I admit to losing interest in the nineties version of the band. I never felt Brent Mydland was a particularly good addition and it was obvious that Jerry's drug use was having negative effects on the bands performance.
When the band first reformed after Jerry's passing as The Other Ones you could hear the pleasure they shared in finding a new outlet to bring to life the music which we had grown to love so much. Not the Grateful Dead for sure but something viable at the least and welcomed at the most.
I was at the Other Ones shows at The Garden when it became crystal clear that this band is still the Grateful Dead, the magic had returned and everyone there had felt the new vibe including the band who changed there name to The Dead after these shows. I remember saying to my friend during the show " There back!!! This is the Grateful Dead." Now we all know without Jerry Garcia there is no Grateful Dead, he was the heart and soul, the spirit of the band.
One could look at this touring band the same way you could look at Jerry's right hand. It started out with 5 fingers but after an accident ended up with only 4. Can anyone say that Jerry or his music truly suffered from this? The band can and will and deserves to carry on missing one finger.
As long as their willing to play the songs I'm willing to go see them play them.
There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.
I'm hoping and lobbying for these guys to come up to the Northeast. Damn straight I'll be there.

Wow! The attitude of some here makes me think THEY are dead, or just waiting to die. ;-) Get out and hear live music, it will help your audio experience a great deal. And, more importantly, you may just enjoy yourself again.

I had the pleasure of seeing Gov't Mule last Halloween in Boston. The first set was all Mule's best and the crowd was really getting into it. I'd say the age range ran from high school, perhaps a few younger, right up to retirement age.

The second set, the came out and began the intro to Pink Floyd's One of These Days. From there they played just about every song you can think of from Floyd. Everybody in that theater was just blown away. This is the kind of performance you get from musicians like this at live shows that you can't get from their LPs and CDs.

I'm still pissed that I passed up Hot Tuna unplugged, who were performing just 10 miles from my house. But it was NFL opening day and I couldn't get anyone else to go. Should'a gone by myself.
Hot Tuna's first album, Live at the Berkley House has been in rotation here since it first came out many many years ago. I have gone through endless copies and it was this album that truly inspired my guitar playing ambitions. New Song for the Morning, Hesitation Blues and particularly Mann's Fate with Jack Cassidy's bass playing going where no electric bass playing had gone before. Jack was the Starship Enterprise of bass players. It was this album that sent me to my one and only trip to the Fillmore East. It was January 1971 and I was just a kid but what a trip for just a kid. I still have the handbill. To me it is easily in the top 10 if not the top 5 of the must have records ever made.
I'm going to the Madison Square Garden Show April 25.

The Dead were here in NYC on Monday 3/30 and they played three free shows (tickets were distributed via a lottery--I recommend anyone interested in The Grateful Dead get on the GDTS-TOO mailing list, and the mailing list). By the accounts I've read, these warm-up performances were not perfect, but still a great success, exceeding expectations, and has whetted our appetites for this soon-to-commence tour.
Going to see them in the Gorge next weekend with Allman and Doobie Bros. Should be fun.