Phil Lesh is the founding member of the legendary 60’s band, The Grateful Dead. Phil Lesh played bass guitar for The Grateful Dead for over 30 years and continued playing many of their songs with his band Phil Lesh and Friends after The Grateful Dead disbanded in 1995. With Phil Lesh and Friends, the band played many cover songs, original Grateful Dead songs as well as the songs of other members of the band such as Bob Weir. While Phil Lesh started out playing the violin at Berkeley High School, he later switched to playing trumpet.
While studying music in high school, Phil Lesh developed a keen interest in avant-garde classical music and free jazz. Phil Lesh brought his love for these two styles of music to The Grateful Dead when the band first formed in 1965, at which point he started playing bass. Phil Lesh’s role as a bass player with the Grateful Dead was atypical of traditional bass players in other bands. Phil Lesh often played improvised jams during Grateful Dead songs which became known for their inventive instrumentals during live performances. Phil Lesh also contributed his voice to the four-part harmony of the Grateful Dead, singing in a tenor. Phil Lesh was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Grateful Dead in 1994. After the death of Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead disbanded in 1995.
Phil Lesh went on to perform with the remaining members of the band in The Other Ones, The Dead and Bob Weir’s Furthur in addition to his own band, Phil Lesh and Friends. With Phil Lesh and Friends, the band released their first album Love Will See You Through in 1999, followed by There and Back Again in 2002 and their live album which captures the essence of their inventive and often improvisational performances, Live at the Warfield in 2006. Phil Lesh also tours with the Terrapin Family Band. Don’t miss your next opportunity to get tickets to Phil Lesh the next time he comes to your town. Score big with TicketCity – the place to go for Phil Lesh tickets.
Phil Lesh Tour – 2016
In 2016, Phil Lesh performed shows with Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band in venues of all shapes and sizes in major cities around the US, including the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas. Phil Lesh also performed several solo shows in New York. During his performances in 2016, Phil Lesh played a variety of songs that he wrote throughout his musical career.