2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead, one of the most iconic, influential bands of the past half century. Fans are hoping for a reunion tour, and rumors are starting to heat up about what a reunion tour to mark the anniversary might look like.
A lot of folks are wondering if Asheville’s Warren Haynes might join the four core Grateful Dead members who are still alive and still performing: Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann formed the Grateful Dead in 1965 with Jerry Garcia. Mickey Hart joined in ’67, left the band for a couple of years in the early 1970s, then joined back up and remained until Garcia’s death.
There’s precedent for a reunion: the four core Grateful Dead members have come together and toured as The Other Ones and, more recently, as The Dead. There’s precedent for Haynes to take part – he joined in with The Dead appearances.
Haynes just held his annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, and Kreutzmann was a guest. Over the years, Weir and Lesh have also been guests at the Christmas Jam. This past year, Haynes played several dates of the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration, which includes Jerry Garcia classics such as “Morning Dew” Dark Star.”
Here’s an idea: what if Warren brought a Grateful Dead reunion to the 2015 Christmas Jam?
What does Haynes say about it all? Glide magazine asked Haynes for comment early this month:
Q: There’s been a lot of speculation about the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary and obviously if it happens people are wondering if you might step in. Do you think anything will happen and if so is there a chance you will be a part of this celebration?
A: I hope that something will happen. At this point there’s nothing that I can comment on.
Meanwhile, here are some other links to catch up on celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead next year: