Phil Lesh is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter who is well-known as the member of the rock band Grateful Dead. Phil was the bass guitarist and a founding member of the Grateful Dead who was associated with the band throughout its 30-year stint. Phil continued to perform with the band Phil Lesh and Friends after the disbanding of Grateful Dead, and he has also performed for the band Further from 2009 to 2014. Continue reading to know more about the career and net worth of Phil Lesh in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Philip Chapman Lesh was born on March 15, 1940, in Berkeley, California, the United States. Phil was initially interested in playing the violin, but he switched to trumpet while attending the Berkeley High School. He then attended the San Francisco State University and struggled to get into its band or orchestra. He dropped out after a semester and joined the Sixth Army band from where he was expelled as he was unfit for the army. He then attended the College of San Mateo where he was the member of its big band and later the University of California, Berkeley.
Phil Lesh is married to his wife Jill Lesh, and the couple has two children namely Grahame Lesh and Brian Lesh. His wife is the administer of the Unbroken Chain Foundation, a charity organization and both his sons are musicians.
Career, Awards & Nomination
Phil Lesh met Jerry Garcia at the KPFA, and the two soon became friends. Lesh was suggested by the members of The Warlocks to become their bassist, but he hesitated as he never played bass guitar before. He learned to play bass and started to perform for The Warlocks which was soon renamed as Grateful Dead.
The band became very popular since its inception, and its twelve members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 including Phil Lesh. One of its founding members Jerry Garcia died in 1995 and the band was disbanded after that.
Lesh went on to perform for his band Phil Lesh and Friends and also performed for other bands such as The Other Ones and The Dead. He became an author in 2005 through the book Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead and in 2009 he toured with the other members of Grateful Dead. He participated in Bob Weir’s concerts in 2015 and 2018.
Net Worth & Earnings
As the lead bassist of a very successful band for 30 years and has also performed for other bands and musicians, he has amassed a considerable fortune which put him in the list of millionaires. He owns a music venue in San Rafael, California called Terrapin Crossroads with a capacity of 420 seats which also contributes partly to his whopping net worth of $45 million.
Phil Lesh underwent a liver transplant in 1998 and has since then promoted organ donation avidly. In 2006, he had a surgery to get rid of the prostate cancer, and in 2015 he once again went under the knife to overcome bladder cancer.