Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir started GD offshoot band Further in 2009. Playing original material as well as GD hits, the group was a perfect tribute to one of the most popular jam bands in the world. Unfortunately it has just been announced that the band will end their five year existence effective immediately.
On the bands website a statement was posted explaining the break up: “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 http://www.terrapincrossroads.net, Bob’s activities at http://www.bobweir.netand all Grateful Dead news at http://www.dead.net.”
This announcement has also led to the rumors of a Greatful Dead reunion to celebrate the bands 50th anniversary. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine earlier this year Weir had this to say about a potential reunion, “We have to do something commemorative, I think we owe it to the fans, we owe it to the songs, we owe it to ourselves. If there are issues we have to get past, I think that we owe it to ourselves to man up and get past them.”
Check out Further performing live: