If you've always wanted to hear how Dead & Co. got started, you should definitely check ou tthis video of John Mayer playing with Bob Weir for the first time on the Late Show. It's a great performance, but it's also a piece of the Dead's history. Mayer seems to be the longest running stand-in after Garcia shuffled off this mortal coil of dancing bears in 1995 and perhaps he'll be around much longer, too.
If you were at the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia on July 7, 1989, you were lucky enough to hear the Grateful Dead play "Box of Rain" after it had been virtually retired for over a decade. For the rest of us, we can still check it out in this All the Years Live video of Phil Lesh. If you haven't already, check it out.
I've met a few people who followed the Grateful Dead around the country. I had a colleague who even sold tie-dye t-shirts out of their car while on the road with the band. But I have to tip my hat to their piano tuner, Greg Baron, who spent many years traveling with the band and has 95 Jerry Garcia ties to commemorate those times.
When it comes to Record Store Day, the Grateful Dead is always one of the top grossing bands to sell albums. Exclusive releases are part of their success, but so is the timelessness of their music, which will likely live on beyond our own lives and continue to be so loved by future fans.
Z2 Comics is releasing a Grateful Dead Origins comic that looks really fun and I can't wait to read it. The graphic novel is supposed to trace the band from their Warlocks beginnings into the height of their popularity. While it won't be for sale anytime soon, you can pre-order copies for its 2020 release.
Fans of Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir can enjoy his performances with the Wolf Brothers, his new trio that has what listeners say is a jazzy sound. It's not Weir's first beyond-the-dead act but the latest of several that he's been in, including the current run with John Mayer's Dead & Company.
You may already be familiar with the Grateful Dead-founded Rex Foundation, which supports the sciences, art and education in communities. There's going to be a huge fundraiser at Ardmore Music Hall to support the foundation as well as Camp Winnarainbow, a performing arts camp, and it's an all-star Grateful Dead event.
Most major metropolitan areas seem to have a few tribute bands, and many of those are of the Grateful Dead variety. What's so fabulous about Deadheads who play tribute music is that they often bring their own schtick to the mix, playing in homage to Jerry and company but also bringing their own sound to the table, making something truly unique in the process. Deadheads are already brought together in solidarity by the music of the Dead so it only makes sense that they would help communities bond in the same spirit.
Will you be in Vermont this weekend? I totally suggest getting some Ben & Jerry's as well as heading to a free Dead Meat concert! The tribute band will be at the Green Door Pub located at the Stratton Village Resort this Friday and Saturday. Both shows will be at 9:00 PM.