Today, Dark Star Orchestra announced that in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s European 1972 tour, they’ll be setting on a European tour of their own. The trek will see Dark Star Orchestra offer live and authentic recreations of nine shows throughout the U.K. and Europe starting in September.
The Grateful Dead’s travels in 1972 eventually became their landmark live album Europe ‘72, and the importance of the performances are not lost on the group. “It is an honor of my lifetime to pay tribute to such a transformative event that we all have come to know as Europe ‘72,” said Dark Star Orchestra keyboardist/vocalist Rob Barraco in a statement.
The tour will see Dark Star Orchestra making stops in cities across the Atlantic, including London, Paris, Cologne, Berlin, Rome and more. They’ll have Jerry Garcia’s ‘Alligator’ guitar, a 1955 Fender Stratocaster used initially by Jerry on the Europe 1972 tour–which will be played by lead guitarist Jeff Mattson.
“Grateful Guitars is thrilled that Dark Star Orchestra is celebrating the Grateful Dead’s legendary Europe ’72 tour’s 50th anniversary,” said Grateful Guitars Foundation’s Andy Logan. “We’re excited to celebrate some specific show anniversaries this year in the United States and especially to ‘take that ride again’ and tour Europe with the band and our loving tribe. We know this will enliven Deadheads around the world and will help ensure this music thrives for generations.”
Before they set off on their trip to Europe, Dark Star Orchestra will bring the Grateful Dead’s 4/8/72 show from Wembley Empire Pool in London, England, to the Skull & Roses Festival on April 8 in Ventura, Calif. Additionally, the band will perform the Grateful Dead’s performance from Lille, France from 5/13/72 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on May 13.
Dark Star Orchestra Europe 72 50th Anniversary European Tour Dates:
Sept. 13 – London, UK – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sept. 17 – Paris, France – Olympia
Sept. 18 – Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall
Sept. 19 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp
Sept. 20 – Berlin, Germany – Astra Kulturhaus
Sept. 22 – Munich, Germany – Muffathalle
Sept. 23 – Milan, Italy – Santeria Toscana 31
Sept. 24 – Florence, Italy – Teatro Puccini
Sept. 25 – Rome, Italy – Monk