'Dead' Come Alive

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It looks like the old Dead are gettin' on.

Surviving members of the Grateful Dead say they'll regroup for a
19-city tour, their first since 2004, beginning April 12 in
Greensboro, N.C.

The group, which now just calls itself The Dead, announced its
plans Thursday.

Original band members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill
Kreutzmann have toured sporadically since the 1995 death of
guitarist Jerry Garcia, but struggled to get along personally and
artistically. They told Rolling Stone in November that they've
worked out their differences, aided by a successful October benefit
concert in Pennsylvania for then-presidential candidate Barack
Obama.

Warren Haynes joins the Dead on lead guitar, and Jeff Chimenti
will play keyboards.

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