With the passing of Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead really was no more, though a torch still burned and needed to be carried forward. In that spirit, Bob Weir (guitar, vocals), Phil Lesh (bass, vocals), Mickey Hart (drums, vocals), Bill Kreutzmann (drums), and Jeff Chimenti (keyboards, vocals) forge on as The Dead. For a couple of rounds, guitarists Warren Haynes and Jimmy Herring have joined the fray, with singer Joan Osborne sharing the stage in 2003.
Many of the same players originally formed the Other Ones in 1995 after Jerry's death. Their one album, The Strange Remain, was issued in 1999. A name change to the Dead came in 2003 with their first performance under the moniker taking place at the Warfield in San Francisco on Valentine's Day. A summer tour with Osborne kicked off on June 15 at Bonnaroo. The year came back around and was closed out on December 30 and 31 in Oakland.
The following year, Haynes signed on for the Wave That Flag summer tour. In 2008, the Dead rallied behind Barack Obama during the presidential campaign, playing two big events: the February 4 "Deadheads for Obama" gig in San Francisco and the October 13 “Change Rocks” event at Penn State. To celebrate Obama's victory, the group rocked one of the inaugural balls on January 20, 2009. More touring followed in 2009 with Haynes still in the mix.
When not involved with the Dead, Weir and Lesh participate in another side project, Furthur, while Lesh also has Phil Lesh & Friends and Hart fronts the Mickey Hart Band.