Phil Lesh
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
St. Stephen
The Eleven
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)
All Along the Watchtower
New Speedway Boogie
Unbroken Chain
Help On the Way
Franklin's Tower

CD Track Listing CD#1
Shakedown Street
Mr. Charlie
Pride of Cucamonga
Cosmic Charley
Scarlet Begonias
They Love Each Other
Turn On Your Lovelight
Donor Rap

The Wheel
Dark Star
Morning Dew
I Know You Rider
The Other One
Dark Star
The Other One
Box of Rain

[Published on: 9/5/06]

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nfenne starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/6/2006 12:26PM
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Having seen this lineup at other shows this tour, I CAN WAIT TO GET THIS! Good song selection as well.

theorb419 starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/6/2006 12:42PM
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i can't wait for this shit. its gonna be hot.

Falcor Wed 9/6/2006 02:22PM
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maybe it was me, but I thought the shows at the Warfield were among the weakest Dead cover band shows I have ever heard. I know I am gonna get a bunch of shit on this one, but come on...does anyone else think Phil sounds like it hurts to pee?

jacobandbeth Wed 9/6/2006 05:26PM
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why play the same songs over and over and claim that your exploring new territory? It is the same old shit missing the magic that it once had. I like the guest spots, but I am tired of old musicians claiming that they are doing something new by playing the same songs (and old rock covers) for the last 40 something years. retire and stop beating the "dead" horse.

jamcamdvd starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/6/2006 05:27PM
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It's a great time for the Grateful Dead family right now, with RatDog headlining the new JamCam DVD and Phil putting out his own. The more stuff that's out there the longer the music will live on. Keep it comin', guys.

cliftonhanger420 Wed 9/6/2006 06:32PM
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i think this is going to be a nice treat to watch this dvd. God bless Phil and he rocks in my opinion. this is a review on this dvd, not a "phil hating" session. if you don't like it then stay home. it will leave more room to dance. i'm just grateful that still is alive today and keepin' the spirit of the good ol' grateful dead alive. he's exploring by bringing multiple musicians from all over to keep the music going. i say keep on truckin' phil. i actually think your voice sounded great this summer. peace.

FormulaOBX Thu 9/7/2006 05:31AM
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Thanks Phil for your efforts....and to all the negative Phil bashers....stay at home...or go see Cheez

lovemusicfood starstarstarstarstar Thu 9/7/2006 07:13AM
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This one with Scofield and Osby!! I'm buying it the first chance I get. Hopefully it's better than the new moe. dvd in which they don't really jam that much.

friendlyjohn Thu 9/7/2006 08:49AM
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Long Live PHIL LESH !

jimcard starstarstarstar Thu 9/7/2006 10:07AM
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What is tiring are whiners! What aspect of "don't listen", "don't look", hell, even "don't think about" Phil Lesh if it is so tiring and annoying?

It is funny how little has changed. I remember being at Dead shows and hearing people whine about the same stuff. To this day I still can't understand why those people showed up. If you were attending a show in 1991 and expected to see 1971 Dead, you were either naive or an idiot.

Lastly, any dude who is 66, a bass player, and who actually leads a rock band with his bass deserves at least "silence" from the negative energy crowd. How about it? Plus, with what some folks believe to be an "oversaturated jam scene" (I believe the more the merrier), you should be able to find something that doesn't annoy you or, at least, annoy you as much as Phil obviously does.

mikeyj1 starstarstarstarstar Thu 9/7/2006 03:51PM
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"Sometime this darkness has got to give".
If your havin' a bad day then don't post a comment about Phil or anyone else you apparently hate, cause for one I don't want to see it and for two I don't want to see it. Peace

cutieb1212 starstarstarstar Fri 9/8/2006 08:39AM
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well, i am stoked about this dvd and cd from this years tour...saw them several times and each time they were better and better. from the way the crowds were reacting i think they felt the same way...loving every song phil and friends played...keep it coming!

phillip2 Mon 9/11/2006 11:21AM
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The concert experience that Phil brings transcends the b.s. of today's world and takes us who were not there , to a place we whish we could have been, the dvd ensures memories and you get a singend poster by phil to boot, pretty cool

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U have to respect Phil for always pushing the envelope of improvisation. he changes and morphs with the different players, letting everyone let the tune be exactly what it is, at that moment. A true Pioneer of playing music in the moment, the only song that matters is the ONE we are playing RIGHT NOW. I wish I could have seen some of these great lineups he has had, my last show was The Meadows, with Herring and Haynes, and it was off the hook!! peace ya'll

banjo45 Tue 9/12/2006 05:21PM
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Hell yes for Phil. He's a frickin' icon for crying out loud. As far as the negative comments, I don't understand. The man is doing what he likes to do and as long as people come I imagine he'll keep playing. Respect him or don't bother writing anything. How many bands we know and love owe something to this little band you might have heard of, THE GRATEFUL DEAD

PCPrabbit starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/19/2006 07:57AM
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HA! haters have no effect on me! go listen to something "new" then. the reason why mr.lesh plays the same songs for 40 years is because they withstand the test of time. i won't name names but IMHO, many "new" bands will not be able to do the same.

hempgoddess starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/27/2006 08:45AM
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I was at these shows!!!!!!!!! I can't tell you how unbelievable they were! The setlists were amazing! They treated us like royalty! Thank you Phil! I can't wait to buy this!

rpmills starstarstarstarstar Tue 10/31/2006 10:19AM
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Just wanted to say MUCHAS MUCHAS GRACIAS to the folks at Jambase for hooking me up with some tix to see the Phil DVD private screening at the 12 Galaxies. Like it says on their contests page...Yes, people DO really win!!!

Thanks Jambase, you rock!