The Grateful Dead
Last year’s mammoth ‘Europe ‘72’ release might have left some Grateful Dead fans in need of some extra shelf space. The same goes for the new ‘Dave’s Picks’ series that recently launched. So what now? Well, it’s time to make room for a big time digital upgrade to your collection of Dead concert films.
When Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh first sang the memorable 'Truckin' lyric "What a long, strange trip it's been," the Grateful Dead had only been together for about five years. Of course, the Dead's rich musical journey continued for another 25 years, effectively ending with Garcia's death on Aug. 9, 1995.
This spring, Deadheads can look back on the band's storied career in a new exhibit called 'Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip,' which opens to the public April 12 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead is about to embark on a different kind of trip. He is now the owner and operator of Terrapin Crossroads, a restaurant/music venue in San Rafael, Calif.. The new venue will be in the place of the old Seafood Peddler restaurant, a place near and dear to Lesh's heart as a Grateful Dead 'Steal Your Face' logo was already drawn on the building’s foundation. The venue will consist of two main areas, the Grate Room, for music and The Dining Room for, well, you guess!
Grateful Dead icon Jerry Garcia is the subject of a new feature length documentary produced by Malcolm Leo (‘This Is Elvis,’ ‘The Beach Boys: An American Band’) and personal manager John Hartmann (The Eagles, Crosby Stills & Nash). According to Deadline, Leo, who will also direct the film, plans to build the documentary around a three-hour conversation that he conducted with Garcia in 1987.
The Grateful Dead may not be the first band that you think of when the holidays roll around, but the rich history of the iconic imagery that goes along with San Francisco's (and he world's) biggest jam band actually lends itself well to spreading envelope-sized Christmastime cheer. Have your doubts? The Dead have inspired a slew of Christmas cards over the
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.
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."