Published Apr 24, 2015The surviving members of the Grateful Dead have been planning a big send-off, and their upcoming "Fare Thee Well" shows in Chicago were supposed to be their last hurrah. That might not turn out to be the case, however, since reports are now indicating that the band are planning a fall tour with John Mayer.
For the upcoming "Fare Thee Well" gigs, the band will be joined by Phish's Trey Anastasio, who will be filling in for late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia. It seems that Mayer will be taking on this role in the fall, since he has apparently been jamming with members of the Dead.
Nothing has been officially confirmed, but Billboard cited "multiple sources" who said that a tour is in the works. It's apparently due to kick off in October and seemingly will feature Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann.
A rep from the Dead said that it's "premature" to say a tour is being planned. There's also no indication as to whether a collaboration with Mayer would be billed as the "Grateful Dead." But fans will want to keep a close eye out for this one as it develops. Given how much fuss has surrounded the "Fare Thee Well" shows, it's only natural that the group should expand their plans.
Meanwhile, a Martin Scorsese-produced documentary about the Dead is still in the works.