In 2009, Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh teamed up as Furthur and immediatly became one of the biggest jam bands in the genre. The pair kept the spirit of the Dead alive by performing many of the band’s original songs while also penning new, original material, of which they showcased during their countless festival gigs and arena shows. Now, though, Weir and Lesh have announced the permanent disbandment of Furthur.
The news was announced in a statement posted to the band’s website: “To our loyal Furthur fans and members of the Furthur community at furthur.net, we’d like to thank you for a terrific ride. We’ll be closing up shop at furthur.net, and heading onward. Thanks for making the Furthur community a great place to hang out, and for coming out to the shows. We’ll all be keeping very busy over the foreseeable future, and it’s time to let Furthur take a bow. We enjoyed the ride more than we can possibly express. You can keep tabs on Phil’s activities at http://www.terrapincrossroads.net, Bob’s activities at http://www.bobweir.net and all Grateful Dead news at http://www.dead.net.”
As Jambase points out, the timing of Weir and Lesh’s announcement adds fuel to rumors that Grateful Dead may reunite next year as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. Weir himself has come out in support of a reunion, telling Rolling Stone earlier this year, “We have to do something commemorative, I think we owe it to the fans, we owe it to the songs, we owe it to ourselves.” He added, “If there are issues we have to get past, I think that we owe it to ourselves to man up and get past them.”
Watch video of Furthur performing in 2013.