PHIL LESH & FRIENDS: LIVE AT THE WARFIELD
CD & DVD OUT OCTOBER 31 VIA IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
As bassist for one of rock's hardest-touring and historic bands, PHIL LESH has performed over 2500 concerts, both with the GRATEFUL DEAD and as leader of his own band Phil Lesh & Friends. Now, Lesh's fans will have the chance to experience his mesmerizing live performances with Phil Lesh & Friends: Live At The Warfield, a two-DVD set plus a two-CD set (with bonus DVD) being released October 31st by Image Entertainment on the Relix Records label. Over two nights at the venerable San Francisco venue in May 2006, Lesh and his Friends combined a strong rock and jazz background with a touch of blues, a pinch of soul, a good helping of groove and just the right amount of intense jamming to keep the faithful dancing well into the early morning.
Joined by JOAN OSBORNE (lead vocals), JOHN SCOFIELD (guitar), LARRY CAMPBELL (guitar, pedal steel, fiddle, mandolin, vocals), GREG OSBY (saxophones), ROB BARRACO (keyboards, vocals) and JOHN MOLO (drums), Lesh led the group through an eclectic set of DEAD favorites, select covers and intricate jams. "The band was on fire both nights, and what we're releasing is the absolute cream, right off the top," says Lesh. "There is no duplication of material or performance between the DVD and the CD, so the audience should be able to enjoy almost all of the music we made on those two nights. Rock on!"
Bonus material on the second DVD includes "The Art of Improvisation: Jazz and Rock," where Lesh interviews bandmates Scofield and Osby, plus backstage rehearsal and an improvisational jazz jam with Lesh, Scofield, Osby and Molo. Look for these features on the bonus DVD that comes with the 2-CD set along with two extra tracks--"Passenger" (not on the DVD) and "All Along The Watchtower."
Phil Lesh & Friends Live at The Warfield was produced by Ravin' Films for Cygnus Productions. Produced and Directed by San Francisco filmmakers Jay Blakesberg and Bob Sarles, the film utilized nine cameras to capture the band, the music, the fans and the ambiance at these magical shows.
After dropping out of college, Lesh was studying avant-garde classical and jazz music when he was asked by pal Jerry Garcia to pick up the bass and join his group The Warlocks, which morphed into the Grateful Dead in 1965. The Grateful Dead performed over 2300 shows over the next 40 years, until Garcia passed away in 1995. After the Grateful Dead, Lesh continued to perform in The Other Ones and the Dead (both consisting of Grateful Dead survivors) as well as the ever evolving Phil Lesh & Friends ensemble.
Since receiving a liver transplant in 1998, Lesh has been a staunch advocate for organ donation, and with his wife Jill runs the Unbroken Chain Foundation. Lesh is the author of Searching For The Sound: My Life With The Grateful Dead.
Phil Lesh & Friends
Phil Lesh - Bass, vocals
John Scofield - Guitar
Joan Osborne - Vocals
Greg Osby - Alto saxophone
Larry Campbell - Guitar, mandolin, and vocals
John Molo - Drums
Rob Barraco – Piano, organ, and vocals
Phil Lesh & Friends Live at the Warfield
Produced by Ravin' Films for Cygnus Productions
In association with Image Entertainment and Relix Records
Executive Producer Jill Lesh
Produced and Directed by Jay Blakesberg and Bob Sarles
Uncle John's Band
Eyes of The World
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)
All Along the Watchtower
New Speedway Boogie
Help On the Way
CD Track Listing CD#1
Pride of Cucamonga
They Love Each Other
Turn On Your Lovelight
I Know You Rider
The Other One
The Other One
Box of Rain