Following a brief pause in the music following the sudden, tragic loss of band co-founder, keyboardist, and vocalist Scott Larned on April 24, Chicago-based Grateful Dead tribute act, Dark Star Orchestra, has vowed that the 'music never stop' and plan to continue as a nationally-touring entity.
Scott Larned passed on from complications from heart failure during the last week of the band's Spring tour and cancelled six of the remaining shows that tour. Dark Star Orchestra will resume touring with their May 27 Irving Plaza performance with 'special guests' filling the keyboardist/vocalist slot throughout the May and June tour. The band is currently auditioning for keyboardists as a full-time, touring replacement only. Qualified, serious, and interested applicants may email DSO band manager Norman Gopin for more information.
A recent message from DSO band mate Rob Eaton (rhythm guitar, vocals) accurately sums up the band's perspective and feelings:
The remaining band and crew have decided to continue and move forward playing the music of the Grateful Dead. Scott would have wanted it that way. He worked very hard to build the band to the place it is today and it would be an injustice to him and the music to pack it in. One great way to honor his memory is to play on. The music is bigger then any one of us and that's something Scott always professed.
Will it be the same? It will be different but the music is the same and that's what will get us all through. Our next tour will be a difficult one for us emotionally and we hope our family and friends will be there to help us through. We will start our next tour with "very special guests" filling in on keys until we can find just the right person to join our family full time. Scott's passing has brought us together in a way we never imagined. Scott will always be with us at every show and at every turn.
Peace to everyone-
The Larned family has asked that anyone interested in offering donations or contribution s d irect them to be made in Scott's name to the American Heart Association or to Scott's favorite charity, the Rex Foundation. Information about Scott's life and further ways to support him in memory are at www.darkstarorchestra.net.
Upcoming Dark Star Orchestra tour dates:
05/27/05 FRI Irving Plaza New York , NY
05/28/05 SAT Irving Plaza New York , NY
05/29/05 SUN Toad's Place New Haven, CT
05/30/05 MON Toad's Place New Haven, CT
06/01/05 WED Lupo's Providence, RI
06/02/05 THU The Chance Theater Poughkeepsie, NY
06/03/05 FRI Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ
06/04/05 SAT Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
06/06/05 MON Mexicali Blues Cafe Teaneck, NJ
06/07/05 TUE Mexicali Blues Cafe Teaneck, NJ
06/08/05 WED Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY
06/10/05 FRI Somerville Theatre Somerville, MA
06/11/05 SAT Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton Beach, NH
06/13/05 MON Higher Ground Burlington, VT
06/14/05 TUE Higher Ground Burlington, VT
06/16/05 THU The Tralf Buffalo, NY
06/17/05 FRI Forward Hall Erie, PA
06/18/05 SAT RippleFest Bluffton, OH
07/15/05 FRI Fraze Pavilion Kettering, OH
07/17/05 SUN All Good Festival Masontown, WV
07/21/05 THU 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes, MN
08/17/05 WED Veteran's Park Amphitheatre Springfield, OH