Grateful Dead Stories

Setlist / Video / Audio | Bob Weir & Wolf Brothers Celebrate Halloween In Chicago

[instagram id="Bpn7L7-ny7I"]Bob Weir brought his trio to the Chicago Theatre for a Halloween night performance that was also webcast around the world.In nineteen songs that covered Grateful Dead, Ratdog and other tunes from the Dead Family songbook, Weird, bassist Don Was and drummer Jay Lane primed the sold-out crowd,...

PHOTOS / VIDEOS / AUDIO / RECAP | Dead & Company @ Alpine Valley 2018

Photos: Adjomi PhotographyThirty years ago (to the date) of this year's two night Dead & Company run, Alpine Valley was hosting its penultimate series of Grateful Dead concerts.Whether you were there for the '88 run, another of the now legendary Grateful Dead visits, or any number of concerts throughout the venues 80s and 90s...

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY | Fare The Well - The Final Chapter of The Grateful Dead's Long Strange Trip

Having not attended my first Grateful Dead show until the calendar flipped to the 90s, I was a little late to the game but went all-in regardless.Most biographies of the band gloss over the entirety of the band's late period and end, as the band did, with the ...

Phil Takes Chicago | 10 Bullets, 30 Photos, 5 Videos & 2 Streams

Photos: John 'Nunu' ZomotAt age 77, there's little that Phil Lesh needs to prove.  And that's the genius of the Grateful Dead bassist, he doesn't fall comfortably into any narrative.  His very appeal lies in his ability to march to his own beat (bass lines?). So rather than try to recount the entirety...

A Little Peek Inside The Grateful Dead Musical: Red Roses, Green Gold

When word first got out earlier this year regarding the New York staging of a "jukebox musical" featuring the songs of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, you would have thought a hit Broadway production was on its way to smashing box office records.  Breathless reports announcing the production's intentions seemed to be everywhere.So...

Three Minute Clip Reveals Footage Of Primal Grateful Dead, Among Earliest Videos Of The Band

In June of 1966, nobody could have possibly known what Grateful Dead would become -- but they were at least making enough of a cultural impact to get the British Broadcasting Company to document the experience.This footage is purported from June 3rd, 1966 at the Fillmore and contains the ultra-rarity, early garage-rock cut "Mindbender (Confusion's Prince)"....

Phil Lesh Will Return To Chicago This Fall

I never thought I'd be saying this, but Phil Lesh will return to Chicago this fall!After years of only playing select venues outside of his own Terrapin Crossroads and Peter Shapiro controlled events/venues like Brooklyn Bown, The Capitol Theater and Lockn Festival, this is a pleasant surprise for his Midwest fans.He and...

Throwback | Phil Lesh Plays Stand-up Bass [Video / Audio]

Red Rocks is always a special tour stop, but Phil Lesh and Friends made it extra cool on September 29, 2007 when they dropped three sets including an acoustic interlude.  But acoustic sets don't always mean acoustic instruments for the bass player -- on this day it did.Check out a few videos from the set....

More Than 11 Hours Of 1972 Dark Star In One Seamless Mix

Have you ever just wanted to live in a 1972 Dark Star?  Well, now you can, essentially -- or at least for nearly twelve hour increments.Thanks to archive.org user SonicWallpaper, a super seamless mix of nearly every one of the brilliantly improvisational Dark Stars from that magnificent year are presented in...

Videos | Phil & Bob In Many Forms @ Lockn '17

[instagram id="BYV6yEnh5ic"]Lockn' is a Pete Shapiro production, so you can reliably expect some Grateful Dead in the mix every year.This year, both Phil Lesh and Bob Weir had both scheduled and unscheduled appearances -- on the main stage and elsewhere.  Let's take a review through video...The first big...