On the eve of their 4th anniversary, Furthur announces a hiatus that will begin after their Mexico destination shows in January of 2014. From their Facebook page:
After more than four years of heavy, year-round touring, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir have decided to put their band Furthur on hiatus in 2014. After the four night Furthur run in Mexico in January, the band will take the rest of 2014 off so that Phil and Bob can focus on their countless solo projects.
(read the entire post here)
Furthur, featuring Bob Weir and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, first performed in 2009, on September 18th, at the Fox Theatre in Oakland California. The band that night included John Kadlecik on lead guitar; at the time John was the “Jerry” in Dark Star Orchestra and his being called in to play with Phil & Bob was a big move at the time. Jay Lane (Bob Weir’s Ratdog & Primus) played drums next to drummer Joe Russo (Benevento/Russo Duo). And Jeff Chimenti (Ratdog, The Dead) on keys.
Later on in 2009, Furthur added backup singers, Sunshine Becker and Zoe Ellis (both from SoVoSo). In Spring 2010, Zoe left, and was replaced by Jeff Pehrson (Box Set, The Fall Risk) and Jay Lane left to rejoin Primus. The final line up, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti, Joe Russo, Jeff Pehrson, Sunshine Becker solidified for the next few years.
After a full weekend festival ( Furthur Festival) in the spring of 2010, they toured frequently for the rest of 2010, 2011, and 2012 – plenty of east coast shows, and Fall West Coast Tour every September since 2010. In 2013 the band continued with Spring and Summer east coast, and are about to begin their Fall West Coast Tour on Thursday in Colorado, with 4 nights at Red Rocks.
The pre-hiatus finale: January 2014, a weekend with the band in Mexico – already sold out.
~ Setbreak ~
They promise they’ll be back in just a little bit…