Surviving Grateful Dead members reclaim their name. After seven years as ''The Other Ones,'' they'll tour again this summer as ''The Dead''

By Gary Susman
Updated February 12, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

The Dead are apparently no longer Grateful. The artists formerly known as the Grateful Dead changed their name to The Other Ones after frontman Jerry Garcia died in 1995. The surviving members, however, did not all play together on the same stage until a successful reunion concert last year in Wisconsin. Now that they’ve decided to continue, the band has announced it will now be known simply as ”The Dead.” Got that?

”To us, this was the Grateful Dead — without Jerry,” the band said in a statement. ”We had stopped being the ‘Other Ones’ and were on our way to becoming something new but at the same time very familiar.” Still, it’s not exactly the same band it was with Garcia. So, ”with the greatest possible respect to our collective history, we have decided to keep the name ‘Grateful Dead’ retired in honor of Jerry’s memory, and call ourselves: ‘The Dead.”’

The renamed group will perform for the first time as The Dead this week, on Valentine’s Day, at a charity concert in its hometown of San Francisco. Publicist Dennis McNally also tells Reuters that The Dead will go on an extensive tour this summer, though details have yet to be worked out.