Far out, man! The Grateful Dead have announced plans for an interactive video game titled 'The Epic Tour' that's based on the real-life experience of following the Dead on the road. The preparatory stage "Phase One" of the game has just launched, with full-on game play set to begin in April 2012.
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2011 has seen the arrival of a lot of previously unreleased live material from the Grateful Dead, most notably the epic 73 CD collection that finally provided an official release of the entire run of European dates which had been recorded for their classic ‘Europe ‘72’ album. Always appreciative of the loyal fan support, the Dead will give back during the month of November with 30 days of free unreleased concert audio.
All good things must come to an end, as they say, and so the story goes with the final release in the Grateful Dead's 'Road Trips' series. 17 releases over four years have brought Deadheads a stash-and-a-half of of live recordings from their vast archives. On the band's website, site moderator Blair Jackson states "It was a pretty good run for that series, and now it’s time to try something new."
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' forthcoming vinyl-only release 'Kiss My Amps (Live)' isn't the only offering being released as part of this year's Record Store Day’s Black Friday promotion. Bob Dylan, the Byrds, the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Pete Townshend and the Yardbirds are among the other artists set to issue exclusive albums, vinyl LPs, seven-inch singles and other items on Nov. 25 exclusively through independent record stores as part of an initiative to support the businesses on a local level.
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