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Vince Welnick leads the Grateful Dead on his own “Way To Go Home” at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, New York on June 13, 1993 for the latest installment of the band’s ‘All The Years Live’ video series.
Bob Weir leads the Grateful Dead through “Black-Throated Wind” on June 14, 1991 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. in the latest installment of the band’s ‘All The Years Live’ video series.
‘Grateful Dead Origins,’ a forthcoming graphic novel from Z2 Comics, comes with a soundtrack curated by GD archivist David Lemieux and a deluxe edition adds a previously unreleased GD performance from 1968 on vinyl.
American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA, the third iteration of Dogfish Head’s Grateful Dead-inspired series of craft beers, will soon be available.
This week’s Grateful Dead ‘All The Years Live’ video features the band’s performance of “Iko Iko” from July 7, 1989.
A banner honoring the Grateful Dead and Dead & Company’s combined 44 shows at Nassau Coliseum was raised to the venue’s rafters during setbreak of Wednesday’s Dead & Company show.
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About Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead was an American psychedelia-influenced rock band. Formed in 1965 in San Francisco from the remnants of another band, “Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions,” the Grateful Dead were known for their unique and eclectic songwriting stylewhich fused elements of rock, folk music, bluegrass, blues, country, and jazzand for live performances of long modal jams.
Some of the band’s fans followed the band from concert to concert for years. These Deadheads were renowned for their dedication to the band’s music. Many followers referred to the band simply as The Dead.
The Grateful Dead’s career began under the name “The Warlocks” in Palo Alto, California. Eventually, they moved to the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco. Many bands from this area, such as Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Santana, went on to national fame, giving San Francisco an image as a center for the hippie counterculture of the era. (Also see entry for the San Francisco Sound.) Of these bands, the Grateful Dead had the most “musicianly” background, including banjo and guitar player Jerry Garcia, blues musician “Pigpen” McKernan, the classically trained Phil Lesh and drummer Bill Kreutzmann. The Grateful Dead most embodied “all the elements of the San Francisco scene and came, therefore, to represent the counterculture to the rest of the country.”
The name “Grateful Dead” was chosen at random from a dictionary. Some claim it was a Funk & Wagnalls, others an Oxford Dictionary, but according to Phil Lesh, in his biography (pp. 62), “…Jer (Garcia) picked up an old Britannica World Language Dictionary…(and)…In that silvery elf-voice he said to me, ‘Hey, man, how about the Grateful Dead?'”
The Grateful Dead became the de facto resident band of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters, with the early sound heavily influenced by Kesey’s LSD-soaked Acid Tests, as well as R&B. Their musical influences varied widely with input from the psychedelic music of the era, combined with blues, jazz, rock and roll, and bluegrass. These various influences were distilled into a diverse and psychedelic whole that made the Grateful Dead “the pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world.”
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Each show of Dead & Company’s upcoming New Year’s Run will be featured in live streams.
The documentary ‘Gorillaz: Reject False Icons’ will be screened at theaters worldwide for one night only.
Phish will soon release an official recording of the band’s July 23, 1999 show at the Polaris Amphitheatre in Columbus, Ohio.
Del McCoury and the extended McCoury family revealed the initial DelFest 2020 lineup, which includes Old Crow Medicine Show, Billy Strings, The Infamous Stringdusters and more.
The second episode of Osiris’ ‘After Midnight’ audio documentary examines how Phish built a city to host their Millennium Eve celebration at Big Cypress in Florida’s Everglades and the massive traffic jam that developed as attendees began entering the site.