If you are not a fan of the Grateful Dead, you may not be familiar with name Phil Lesh. However, even people who were not staunch Grateful Dead supporters, called Dead-Heads, have no doubt heard his great bass guitar sound in a Dead song over the years. The band lasted 30 years before disbanding in 1995. After that, Lesh continued to play some of the band's music in a group called Phil Lesh and Friends. The purpose of this is to keep the Dead songs alive and well in the public arena and to pay to tribute to what was one of the greatest rock groups of all time.
Part of the success of Lesh over the years comes from his extensive musical background. Even as a child he played violin and trumpet, before moving on to guitar later in life. He was only a college kid when he met Jerry Garcia, who was his eventual band mate in Grateful Dead. For that reason, it is truly like the Dead has been a part of Lesh for his whole adult life, making it hard to let go of, even as he is now in his 70s.
In addition to making music and touring, Lesh also wrote a memoir about his musical career, which was published in 2005. He has also worked as a voice actor. Unfortunately he has also had some health issues, including prostate cancer, but is well enough today to tour with his new band called Further, in which he pairs with Bob Weir.
If you ready to be blown away by the great guitar music of Phil Lesh, check out the listings for concert tickets here on EventTicketDepot. The mark of a true fan is their dedication to seeing their favorite band live and for artists like Phil Lesh, you truly have not experienced his music until you see him in person.
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