Photo by Jaime Butler
In mid-September, Dark Star Orchestra founding guitarist John Kadlecik performed a three night run in Oakland with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Joe Russo, Jeff Chimenti and Jay Lane as Furthur. The group will return in December and may well have some plans beyond that. This conclusion seems reasonable as John Kadlecik has tendered his resignation from DSO. The band has issued the following statement, which indicates that Kadlecik will be on board through December 5 and then Jeff Mattson will appear with the group for the immediate future.
Dear DSO Fan
Thank you for joining us and being a part of this continuing, long strange trip these past 12 years. Your support and excitement for the music has kept us going strong for over 1700 shows. Throughout the years, we’ve had transitions both difficult and uplifting, yet the positive energy of our fan base has continued to propel our mission onward for performing this important music and for keeping this vibrant scene alive.
That said, we, as a band are entering another chapter in this story.
Dark Star Orchestra’s lead guitarist and one of its founding members, John Kadlecik, has decided to resign from DSO. John’s last show with us will be on December 5 in Buffalo. DSO is supportive of John’s choice and we wish him the very best.
Dark Star Orchestra will continue to bring you this music at its highest level. In our 12 year history we have gone through three drummers, three keyboard players, three bass players and numerous rhythm guitarists and we have always managed to keep improving the sound and the experience. We will be taking on a new player with his own talents and energy and turn yet another chapter in DSO history.
Veteran guitarist Jeff Mattson of the Zen Tricksters and Donna Jean Godchaux Band, will be joining us this week, on the New Year’s Run, Jam Cruise, and for our upcoming Winter Tour that begins in February. We assure you all the things you love about the Dark Star Orchestra experience will continue and we ask for your patience, friendship and positive energy as we keep truckin’ on…