Rest in Peace, Bob Matthews

Grateful Dead Sound Engineer Passes Away

He was known as Grateful Dead's "first roadie," and worked as the band's sound engineer. He passed away on September 25, 2021.

Bob Matthews was family to the Grateful dead. Bob Weir recalls that he not only played in the old jug band but he offered the home of his family to the band for rehearsals. Mattews wasn't paid much as the band's first employee but he eventually became the band's sound manager and recordist. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family and friends.

Do you know of any great stories or have memories about Bob Matthews? Share them in the chat. 

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Grateful Dead PJs

Of course they're available!

It's so funny. Every year when I look for Grateful Dead swag for a friend's birthday, I get a new idea and wonder, "Do they even make those?" Of course they do. This year I thought about buying him some Deadhead pajamas and thought that I'd never seen any before. After searching I was happy to see that there are plenty of designs being sold right now!

Pajamagram sells them, and so does American Eagle, Hanna Anderson and plenty of other stores. The cuter ones are, of course, sold by indie businesses who make them by hand. The cost more but boy are they better looking! Have you noticed that lately? Even going to the store to browse Halloween decorations just isn't as fun as looking at whatever they're coming up with on Etsy. All of these super cute, custom designs have me ruined.

Have you found any fantastic Grateful Dead pajamas anywhere lately? Share them in the chat!

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Dead & Company Coming to St. Louis

Will you be going?

When I learned that Dead & Company is going to be in my hometown, I had mixed feelings. I'd love to go but I'm avoiding crowds, even with my vaccination, so I'll have to catch them another time. That said, if anyone wants to attend the show on September 13 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, you should know that they are requiring health checks to help maintain safety as much as possible.

Tickets are on sale now, and as someone who's been to this venue many times, I can vouch for the spaciousness. It's outside and I hightly suggest getting a lawn seat and bringing enough blankets so you're spaced out away from others. There are seats beneath the pavilion, but they are very close together. 

How are you staying safe if you are attending crowded events? Share your tips in the chat. If you go to the show be sure to let us know how it went!

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Dead & Co at Boston Music Center

Are you going to concerts?

More and more bands are having concerts as they are vaccinated or as restrictions are lifted and many of us have conflicted feelings. As much as we miss going to concerts, we're still wary of crowds, especially if it means exposing loved ones to germs. When events are distanced and outdoors, it does make them seem safer, but it's still a gray area that most of us don't know how to best answer.

It's a difficult road to navigate, especially when peoples' livelihoods are on the line. Bands like Dead & Company are playing live again, entertaining their fans with their music in places like Boston Music Center like they did this past week. It's heartening to see music venues like Boston Music Center require a vaccination record or proof of a negative test in order to be admitted.

Will you be going to any Dead & Company or other concernts this year? Where will you be going?

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Dead & Company at Hersheypark Stadium

“The Music Never Stopped”

When you hear that over the weekend Dead & Company not only played at Hersheypark Stadium but they played "The Music Never Stopped," it almost brings a tear to your eye. Not only did life not stop during this pandemic, which continues to rage across much of the nation and affect both lives and livelihoods, but neither did the music. In fact, many people used music to cope while staying home, and this reminds us of the power of music.

John Mayer performed with the band along with Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, making it the first time that the Dead's seasoned performers have returned to Hersheypark Stadium since 1985. They also played Miles Davis's "Milestones."

What do you hope Dead & Company play at their next gig? Do you hope to attend any soon? Share your thoughts in the chat!

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Grateful Dead Cover of "The Weight"

What do you think?

Lots of bands have covered "The Weight" by The Band over the years, and it's such a simple, classic song that most covers are pretty effortless at being well done. Jensen Ackles, who plays Dean Winchester on the CW's Supernatural, even performed it for his fans once, much to their delight.

The Grateful Dead also covered "The Weight" in 1993 at the Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington, D.C. Like plenty of our favorite bands, The Dead have played a number of covers live over the years that have been really enjoyable, and this is just another good example. 

What are some of your other favorite covers performed by Jerry and the gang? Share them in the chat.

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Grateful Dead-Inspired Peter Grimm Hats

Dancing bears are coming!

There are so many Grateful Dead-inspired collections and collaborations lately. The latest one to get excited about is over at Peter Grimm Hat Company. We are about to see some colorful, fun hats! Grimm says he's attended many concerts in Portland and has always been a fan. The hats will be available in four of the company's signatures styles: Lifeguard, Resorts, Buckets and Drifters.

It's also exciting to note that the design isn't limited to the Dancing Bears. Folks can also choose from hats featuring the iconic Skulls & Roses, as well as Skeletons and Dancing Turtles. The Steal Your Face logo will also be among the new designs. 

Will you be getting one of these new designs? Which one do you want? Share your thoughts in the chat.

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Classical Versions of The Grateful Dead

Which ones do you love best?

Have you ever heard your favorite Grateful Dead song played on a cello--or a violin? Classical music covers of rock songs aren't new but they are becoming increasingly popular, especially with bands like 2 Cellos touring.

What about a performance on a harp? Mikaela Davis and Southern Star just performed several covers and if you haven't listened already, please do. These covers will give you goosebumps. I'm still listening as I write this.

There are plenty of other classical, jazzy and avant garde covers of the band elsewhere, including baby albums to play as lullabys! The Dead aren't alone, either; other bands, like the Beatles, have also had baby albums created in their honor.

What other cool yet unconventional covers have you enjoyed lately? Share them in the chat.

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Grateful Dead Board Shorts

These are a must-see!

Everyone loves the Dancing Bears, but there's something extra cool about the skulls and skeletons used in Grateful Dead logos and art. When a mostly-full-sized skeleton is included in the art it's even more gorgeous, as is the case with this beautiful pair of board shorts. Just look at this skull and roses!

These best-selling shorts add a touch of grey (see what I did there?) and have pockets, which is pretty essential. All of the features, from the stretch fabric to the mesh liner, are fantastic, but it's that art that really draws the eye. This is what shorts should look like!

What other Grateful Dead clothing items have you been inspired by lately? Share them in the chat!

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New Grateful Dead Levi's Collection

What do you think of it?

There's thankfully no shortage of indie Grateful Dead products on the market these days so we can always be kept in style, but there are also lots of corporate pairings of The Dead with various companies. Levi's is releasing a new Grateful Dead collection featuring several different designs featuring the band's most well-known looks.

Denim jackets, t-shirts and sweatshirts are all available with the new designs, which feature--you guessed it--tie-dye as well as some fun graphics. Some items even feature tour dates, which is a cool feature since original tours didn't have as many designs like they have today and fans who've actually been on those tours can now have a shirt to commemorate them post-tour.

What do you think of the groovy new line? Will you be ordering anything?

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