Original Grateful Dead Manager Rock Scully Dead at 73

December 21, 2014

Rock Scully, the manager of the Grateful Dead from their early Haight-Ashbury days up until 1985, passed away December 16th at a Monterey, California hospital. He was 73. His brother Dicken Scully, who also once worked for the Dead as their merchandise...


Phil Lesh and Bob Weir Disband Furthur

November 4, 2014

Bob Weir and Phil Lesh have officially disbanded Furthur, according to a note on the band's website. While the news will come as a disappointment to jam band fans, the note hints at a bright future ahead of the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary: "We'll...


The Weirdest Grateful Dead 'Song' You'll Ever Hear

October 17, 2014

1977 was a banner year in the history of the Grateful Dead. As Rolling Stone's David Fricke wrote in his ranking of the 20 best Dead concerts, "For sublime singing, instrumental union and sequencing bravado, there may be no greater sustained run of shows,...

Album Review

Wake Up to Find Out 3/29/90

September 9, 2014

In the spring of 1990, the Dead's last consistent season of transcendence onstage, there was no bolder display of their improvising empathy than this show at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum – also in a new, lavish box set, Spring 1990 (The Other One)....


Bob Weir Cancels All Concerts, Due to 'Circumstances'

August 11, 2014

Former Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir and his band, RatDog, have canceled all of their upcoming tour dates, citing unnamed "circumstances" as the reason, according to a Facebook post by Weir's other group, Furthur. The news affects his U.S. tour,...


Hear Grateful Dead's 'Estimated Prophet' With Branford Marsalis

July 10, 2014

In March 1990, the Grateful Dead teamed up with jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis for a concert at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum, where they jammed together for most of the set. One standout from that set is the group's funky, 14-minute take on "Estimated...


Grateful Dead 1972 Concert Coming to Theaters

June 9, 2014

A Grateful Dead concert filmed at Bremen, Germany's Beat Club in 1972 will get theatrical screenings across the country on July 17th, at 7:30 p.m. local time, as part of the annual "Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies." The screening will feature a complete...


8 Things We Learned From the Tribeca Film Festival's Bob Weir Doc

April 23, 2014

Anyone making a movie about a member of the Grateful Dead would naturally gravitate toward Jerry Garcia. But director Mike Fleiss, best known for co-directing the 2011 doc God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, had other ideas. “I wanted to give Bob [Weir] his...


Ex-Dead Drummers Joining Disco Biscuits at Fest

March 18, 2014

The Disco Biscuits have teamed up with two unlikely special guests for a headlining slot at this year's Gathering of the Vibes: The Grateful Dead's Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. While next year will mark the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary, this will...


Martin Scorsese Producing Official Grateful Dead Documentary

October 23, 2014

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's first shows together in 1965, first as the Warlocks before adopting their household moniker, the legendary jam band have a number of projects on the horizon to celebrate the occasion. Chief among them:...


Is This the End for Classic Rock's Greatest Guitar Makers?

October 1, 2014

Oh, look at that," Susan Wickersham says proudly, as her daughter Mica carefully escorts Phil Lesh's new bass guitar into her mother's office, presenting it to the room as if it were a royal infant or rare bottle of wine. Mica cradles its long mahogany...


Bill Kreutzmann Wants Fans 'To Freak Out' Over New Group

August 21, 2014

Last week, the Grateful Dead's Bill Kreutzmann announced that he would be convening a new band, the Locknstep Allstars, to perform on September 5th at the Lockn' Music Festival in Arrington, Virginia. Now, he has revealed the band's lineup, which includes...


Watch Grateful Dead Jam for Upcoming Movie

July 16, 2014

The Grateful Dead will march back into theaters across the country on Thursday, July 17th when their annual "Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies" series returns with a special screening of a never-before-seen 1972 performance for Beat Club, Germany's...


Branford Marsalis Talks Grateful Dead Collaboration

July 10, 2014

"Guys who play jazz and don't only listen to jazz knew those guys," saxophonist Branford Marsalis says, starting to explain how he left an indelible mark on the performing history of the Grateful Dead, on March 29th, 1990 at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island,...


Bonnaroo Announces Weirdest Superjam Lineup to Date

May 7, 2014

For many festivalgoers, Bonnaroo Music Festival peaks with its annual Superjam tradition, which unites a group of disparate artists for a unique, one-off stage collaboration. This year's insane lineup could be the wildest to date: The most star-studded...


Phil Lesh Still Coming to Terms With Jerry Garcia's Death

April 21, 2014

This spring and summer, Grateful Dead co-founder Phil Lesh, as he's done during so many spring and summers past, will be playing the music of his legendary former band and a whole host of other rootsy, cosmic sounds. The 74-year-old kicked off a marathon...

Album Review

Dave's Picks Volume 9

March 7, 2014

In 1974, the Dead toured with the gargantuan "Wall of Sound" system designed by LSD chemist Owsley Stanley; partly due to the expense, they'd quit touring by year's end. But on this era-epitomizing set, recorded at the University of Montana,...