Phil Lesh isn't slowing down -- he's jut getting off the road. The Grateful Dead bassist signed an exclusive agreement with Relix publisher and impresario Peter Shapiro to solely perform at Shapiro's venues in 2014. Relix posted that aside from Lesh's own Terrapin Crossroad Club in San Rafael, California, Lesh will perform at least 30 shows at Port Chester, New York's Capitol Theatre starting in April, going on to play "45 gigs under the agreement including appearances at Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, and the second annual Lockn' Festival, which will return to Arrington, Virginia from September 4th to the 7th.
Lesh spoke about the deal, telling The New York Times, "I'm not retiring, and I'm not slowing down. I'm pretty sure I want to make music till I can't breathe anymore. I just want to do it within the most focused possible way. The future looks really exciting. . . I'm done with one-nighters. I've been on the road now for 46 years, and I've gotten go to a point where I'm jealous of all the time that I waste on buses and sitting around waiting to go on."
Both Phil Lesh and Bob Weir are prominently featured in the newly released Jerry Garcia tribute concert DVD and Blu-Ray, called Move Me Brightly. The film chronicles the August 3rd, 2012 concert performed in celebration of what would've been Garcia's 70th birthday that August 1st. Move Me Brightly was conceived and directed by Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann's son, noted filmmaker Justin Kreutzmann, who's best known for his assorted projects with Pete Townshend and the Who -- including the Who's behind-the-scenes documentary, Fragments, chronicling the band's 2006-2007 tour.
Kreutzmann told us that modern technology actually now allows directors to keep important footage from being left on the cutting room floor: "We got the deal to do this fairly recently. I think the first cut I did, probably was two-and-a-half hours, something like that. And really, y'know, I just took out little bits to tighten it up and little quotes and I though, 'Ah, that kinda strays little bit' and a couple of things I couldn't get the clearances for, so we took that out to keep the flow. Y'know, this is the era of DVD - Blu-ray, so, anything I cut out, just became a bonus feature. So, all the bonus stuff you see was basically what was in the first cut."
Phil Lesh tour dates (subject to change):
November 5, 6, 7, 8, - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
November 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn, Bowl (with The Terrapin Family Band)