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The Dead, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir

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The Dead have turned the page on their differences.

Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann—original members of pioneering jam band the Grateful Dead—have announced they'll be hitting the road in April for their first tour together in four years.

The Core Four reunited in October to play a fundraiser for Barack Obama at Penn State, but Kreutzmann hadn't played with the other three since 2004, and it was really another Obama event in February that got Hart, Lesh and Weir in the mood to groove.

"It broke the ice," Hart told Rolling Stone in November. "We were able to let some of these skeletons in our closet just fall away."

Per the surviving Dead mates' website, their latest jaunt will encompass nearly 20 dates between mid-April and mid-May. Details haven't been announced, but the band instructed fans to keep returning to the site for updates.

Guitarist Warren Haynes and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti will also be along for the ride.

"This isn't an easy thing," Hart said in November of the challenges inherent in maintaining harmony on the road. "To be honest, I thought the odds were not in our favor. The only way it would happen is if we came together and liked each other again. We're ongoing now, but I don't know where we're going."