The surviving members of the Grateful Dead have decided to change the band´s name. Bassist Phil Lesh, guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Bill Kreutzman and Mickey Hart now call themselves The Dead. They´ll introduce the new name at a Valentine´s Day benefit concert in San Francisco.
Lead singer Jerry Garcia died in 1995, and the band retired from touring. Surviving members put on a show every now and then as The Other Ones. But they had a highly successful reunion tour last summer and that´s what prompted the name change. The February 14th concert will benefit three San Francisco Bay area-based foundations.
So, get the old VW bus ready, a summer tour also is likely.