Vince Welnick & Friends Tour Carries On
With the passing of Grateful Dead keyboardist Vince Welnick on 6/2/06, the hearts of fans from around the globe have been broken. His untimely end came at a time when they had been mourning several other recent deaths of long term Grateful Dead iconic figures such as their roadie Lawrence "Ramrod" Shurtliff and Egyptian music legend and friend Hamza El Din.
In the spirit of healing and renewal, the decision has been made to continue the Vince Welnick & Friends (A Tribute to Vince Welnick) upcoming tour scheduled to kick off on June 15th at the House of Blues in Chicago with another alumni of the legendary keyboard spot of the Grateful Dead, Tom Constanten.
Constanten, keyboardist of the Grateful Dead in the late 60's and early 70's, agreed to fill in for the tour because he felt that a tribute to Welnick was the right thing to do. Recently the two of them have been performing together in a band called the Psychedelic Keyboard Trio which also featured Grateful Dead sound engineer Bob Bralove. Welnick and Constanten became fast friends.
When asked why he agreed to do this tour he replied: "I didn't hesitate. Vince was a great gentlemen and a soldier of music. For that very reason, I miss him in a way that I can't explain. I will honor his memory forever. Let's make this a wonderful experience and let's make Vince proud."
The tour will feature other friends of Welnick and travel throughout the Midwest through June 20th.
6.15 | HOB | Chicago, IL
6.16 | Rock Island | St Louis, MO
6.17 | The Venue | Tulsa, OK
6.18 | The Venue | Tulsa, OK
6.19 | The Gaslight Tavern | Lawrence, KS
6.20 | The Mill | Iowa City, IA (Truncate Display)
"The wheel is turning almightily fast. Life is loss, but our times
have turned sorrowful indeed. It is with very heavy hearts that we
must tell you that Vince Welnick passed away today, June 2, 2006.
His service to and love for the Grateful Dead were heart-felt and
essential. He had a loving soul and a joy in music that we were
lucky to share. We grieve especially for his widow Lori, his sister
Nancy, and the rest of his family.
Our Grateful Dead prayer for the repose of his spirit:
May the four winds blow him safely home."