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Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Jam Bands

March 25, 2015

This summer is going to be a bittersweet time for fans of jam bands. If the pain over the end of the Allman Brothers wasn't fresh enough, the Grateful Dead are now about to bow out with a series of farewell shows. Thankfully, Phish hit the road in...

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Weekend Rock Question: What's the Best Jam Band of All Time?

March 20, 2015

Phish announced dates for their annual summer tour this week, which includes the three-day Magnaball festival in Watkins Glen, New York. It kicks off not long after Trey Anastasio fronts the Dead for their farewell shows at Chicago's Soldier...

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Grateful Dead's Lyrics, Posters and Furniture Go to Auction

March 16, 2015

A selection of Grateful Dead memorabilia, including posters, original drafts of lyrics and even the group's office furniture, is headed to auction. The Grateful Dead Family Jubilee Auction will take place at Donley Auction Services in Union, Illinois...

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Grateful Dead's Robert Hunter on Jerry Garcia's Final Days

March 11, 2015

In part one of Rolling Stone's exclusive interview with Robert Hunter, the legendary (and fairly reclusive) Grateful Dead lyricist looked back on his early years with the band: meeting Jerry Garcia, signing on as the primary in-house poet and...

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Grateful Dead Members Booked for Jerry Garcia Tribute Show

March 5, 2015

Before the Grateful Dead reunite for their three-night farewell stand in Chicago this July, its four surviving members — Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh — and a number of special guests will pay tribute to Jerry...

Q&A

Anastasio on Dead Gigs: 'I Don't Want to Just Copy Jerry'

February 17, 2015

"I learned so much from seeing those guys – about the feel, the vernacular of the songs. But I never really sat and studied what Jerry actually played, until now." Trey Anastasio, the singer-guitarist of Phish, is on the phone, taking a one-hour...

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See Bob Weir and John Mayer Play Grateful Dead Classics

February 6, 2015

With a Grateful Dead reunion on the horizon, guitarist Bob Weir appeared as the musical guest Thursday night on The Late Late Show to jam on "Truckin'" with guest-host John Mayer. The latter introduced Weir while standing just to his right, and they...

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Flashback: Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir do 'Letterman' in 1982

March 12, 2015

Late Night with David Letterman had only been on the air a couple of months when Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir stopped by for a chat. They were some of the biggest names to appear on the young show at that point, and Letterman seemed more than a bit nervous...

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Robert Hunter on Grateful Dead's Early Days & 'Sacred' Songs

March 9, 2015

F ifty years ago this May, Robert Hunter popped into a pizza parlor in Menlo Park, California, to see his friend Jerry Garcia play in his new electric band, the Warlocks. "They were good, just dandy," recalls Hunter, sitting in the living room of his...

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Songwriters Hall of Fame: Grateful Dead Duo, Toby Keith

February 18, 2015

The Songwriters Hall of Fame have announced the diverse group of artists that will be enshrined as their Class of 2015: The Grateful Dead duo of Jerry Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter, blues legend Willie Dixon, Cyndi Lauper, Linda Perry, Toby Keith...

Interview

Inside the Grateful Dead's Final Ride

February 13, 2015

On January 5th, just after his band Phish ended a four-night run of shows in Miami, singer-guitarist Trey Anastasio received an e-mail from Phil Lesh, the former bassist of the Grateful Dead. Lesh asked Anastasio to join him and the other surviving members...

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Grateful Dead Reunite for Farewell Concerts in July

January 16, 2015

In what will be a bittersweet announcement for Deadheads, the four surviving and original members of the Grateful Dead revealed that they will reunite to celebrate their 50th anniversary with three gigs at Chicago's Soldier Field July 3rd to 5th....

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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:...

Feature

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...

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