Furthur Officially Finished For Bob Weir & Phil Lesh

From the fall of 2009 through the beginning of 2014, Furthur was the main project for Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and bassist Phil Lesh. The pair formed the band with keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, drummer Joe Russo, guitarist John Kadlecik and vocalists Sunshine Becker and Jeff Pehrson. While Furthur was put on hiatus for 2014, it appears the group is officially finished.

[Photo by Dave Vann]

A note on Furthur.net reads, “To our loyal Furthur fans and members of the Furthur community at furthur.net, we’d like to thank you for a terrific ride. We’ll be closing up shop at furthur.net, and heading onward. Thanks for making the Furthur community a great place to hang out, and for coming out to the shows. We’ll all be keeping very busy over the foreseeable future, and it’s time to let Furthur take a bow. We enjoyed the ride more than we can possibly express. You can keep tabs on Phil’s activities at www.terrapincrossroads.net, Bob’s activities at www.bobweir.net and all Grateful Dead news at www.dead.net.”

Weir spent the beginning of 2014 touring with his RatDog outfit before taking time off the road and cancelling the rest of his gigs for the year. Lesh has spent the year playing many gigs at his Terrapin Crossroads venue and performing at impresario Peter Shapiro’s venues with Phil & Friends. Kadlecik performs often with Lesh and with his own John K. Band outfit. Russo has kept busy with a variety of projects including Grateful Dead tribute act Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and Chimenti toured with Weir & RatDog. Pehrson has two bands of his own -Box Set Duo and The Fall Risk. Becker has guested with a variety of acts over the year.

We have a feeling this won’t be the last we hear of Lesh & Weir performing together, especially with the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary coming up next year.

[Hat Tip –Jambands.com]