‘The Tapes Archive’ Shares Vince Welnick Interview From 1992


The latest episode of Osiris Media podcast The Tapes Archive features a previously unreleased interview with keyboardist Vince Welnick from 1992. Vince, who tragically died at age 55 in 2006, was a member of the Grateful Dead from 1990 through the band’s final show in 1995.

Journalist Marc Allan spoke with Welnick for a feature that ran in The Indianapolis Star ahead of the Dead’s June 28 and 29, 1992 concerts at Deer Creek in Noblesville, Indiana. Audio of the chat was unveiled as Episode #37 of The Tapes Archive. Vince began by telling Allan he was listening to Bob Marley when Marc called and revealed he was trying to get the Grateful Dead to cover the reggae legend’s “Waiting In Vain” — which unfortunately never happened. The keyboardist then told the tale of how he got the gig with the band in 1990 following the death of Brent Mydland.

Welnick went on to discuss new songs he was writing and how he was trying to make up time the Dead lost when Mydland passed, as they then had to break in a new keyboardist. The Phoenix native also spoke about his run as a member of The Tubes, working with Todd Rundgren, his relationship with Bruce Hornsby and more.

Stream Vince Welnick’s 1992 chat with Marc Allan below:

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