According to Billboard, the legendary Grateful Dead are plotting a full-scale tour to take place in the fall. The summer shows will feature Phish frontman Trey Anastasio filling the void of Jerry Garcia and plans for the full tour include John Mayer as the Grateful Dead’s replacement singer.
Mayer is reportedly already rehearsing with members of the Dead for the tour, which would kick off in October. A representative for the band called the report “premature,” although Billboard cites multiple insiders who have knowledge of the band’s plans.
The promoter behind the band’s Fare Thee Well performances, Peter Shapiro, says any future tour wouldn’t be billed under the Grateful Dead banner. He told Billboard, “What you won’t see is the four surviving members together saying goodbye in this kind of way. This is it. Chicago is the end, and Santa Clara is leading into the end. But like a great Dead tune, it will evolve and they will wander around on their own.”
Regardless a tour with surviving Grateful Dead members and other musicians could be exactly what nostalgia seeking fans need and could be the revival of an iconic band (not that it needs it).