5.1.09

Barack Obama Raises the Dead

The remaining members of legendary jam band "The Grateful Dead" were not getting along very well.



Fans of the group, who are known as "Deadheads," were concerned that they would never again be able to sit cross-legged on a concert floor as their favorite San Fran group let loose with one of their trademark hour-long tunes.



But now, no doubt to the Deadheads' delight, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzman, the original members of the Grateful Dead, have announced that they will do a tour in April 2009.



These days the group is simply known as "The Dead." Interestingly, members haven't toured together for four years.



Why the reconciliation? Barack Obama, of course.



The four rockers got together in October 2008 to perform at Penn State for an Obama fundraiser.



Three of the band members played an earlier Obama money generator in February 2008.



Hart told Rolling Stone that the Obama fest "broke the ice" and added, "We were able to let some of these skeletons in our closet just fall away."



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