The Grateful Dead championed the psychedelic movement and still to this day are seen as one of the most important bands to come out of the 60's.
Having formed in the San Francisco Bay Area, lead singer and guitarist Jerry Garcia and fellow band members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh Ron McKernan and Bill Kreutzmann wanted to create music unlike anything else around at that time. At the time their music was genreless; they touched on so many different musical styles that they really did fulfil their desire to be part of a band that was continually dynamic. The jam band was born and The Grateful Dead didn't only immerse themselves in their music, they also became heavily involved in the acid scene. Drugs - particularly acid - played a huge role within the band. Though Jerry Garcia was always seen as the 'lead' member, their way of working and writing was actually very communal and that's one of the reasons why their legions of fans stuck with the band, they felt that they were all equal - the fans and onlookers in a crowd watching the band were just as important to the overall experience as it was for one of the band on stage playing.
That mentality was at the forefront of their legendary live shows which just kept on growing in popularity. By the time 1974 came around, the band had turned their originally small jamming sessions into something that even modern day super groups would find hard to rival. To capture their sound in the best possible way the band (and their sound engineers) built a 'wall of sound', essentially six different sound systems combined that ran different instruments (down to individual elements) through different channels and different speakers in a bid to create a distortion free sound.
The singer-songwriter and huge Grateful Dead fan will be carrying on the legacy by forming a new group, called Dead & Company, with three of the four remaining members.
Guitarist Bob Weir and percussionists Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart will be teaming up with the 37 year old singer-songwriter, Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge and Ratdog keyboard player Jeff Chimenti to carry on the legacy of the Grateful Dead, and will be making their live debut at a special Halloween show on October 31st at Madison Square Garden in New York.
John Mayer will be playing with three of the four remaining members of the Grateful Dead in a new group
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Katy Perry and John Mayer were spotted together at The Grateful Dead’s farewell shows this weekend. Fans of both singers are hoping this is a permanent reconciliation for the on-again-off-again couple.
Katy Perry and John Mayer’s on-and-off romance may be back on again. The pair was spotted being affectionate with one another whilst attending two of The Grateful Dead’s farewell concerts in Chicago on Saturday and Sunday (4th and 5th July).
Katy Perry and John Mayer have been dating on-and-off since 2012.
A fan was left in a critical condition after a fall whilst attending The Grateful Dead’s farewell concert on Sunday (5th July).
The Grateful Dead’s farewell show has been hailed as a success, both in terms of their performance and financial gain, yet there was also an unpleasant incident involving one of their fans. The legendary rock group performed their last concert together as The Grateful Dead on Sunday (5th July) where a fan was rushed to hospital after a fall in Soldier Field arena, Chicago.
The Grateful Dead performed together for the last time on Sunday (5th July).
Loyal Deadheads might want to take a trip to Chicago in July.
The four surviving members of legendary rock band the Grateful Dead are set to reunite this July for a series of concerts in Chicago. The shows will celebrate the band's 50th anniversary and mark their first performance together since 2008.
The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh and Bob Weir
The reunion will feature the band's remaining members, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. While three unconfirmed guests will be drafted in to replace frontman Jerry Garcia who died 20 years ago.
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Martin Scorsese will produce the Grateful Dead documentary to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary.
Martin Scorsese is working on a career-spanning retrospective documentary of the Grateful Dead. Scorsese is producing the film in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary next year, with Amir Bar-Lev directing.
"Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir is the perfect guy to help us do it," said surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in a joint statement.
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Bobby (Blue) Bland was known for his emotionally piercing delivery and snappy sartorial style.
Bobby (Blue) Bland, the balladeer whose sophisticated style modernized the blues, has died at his home in Germantown, near Memphis, aged 83. Bobby's death was confirmed his son Rodd, who played drums in his band. Despite possessing all the natural attributes of, say, Ray Charles and B.B King, Bland never reached the same lofty heights as some of his more popular contemporaries though remained a mainstay on the rhythm-and-blues circuit for decades.
His vocals, punctuated by the occasional James Brown esque shout, took on an air of emotional pleading and he influenced everyone from Otis Redding to Wilson Pickett. Younger music fans may recognise Mr Bland's 1974 single 'Ain't No Love In The Heart of the City' on his 2001 album The Blueprint.
Mr Bland matched his sharp vocals with elegant stage wear and became a hugely recognisable performer on the circuit. He formed a close working bond with trumpet player and arranger Joe Scott, the men accounting for more than 30 Top 20 rhythm-and-blues singles for Duke Records in Houston. Many contemporary rock bands covered songs from these years, including The Grateful Dead (Love Light), The Band (Share Your Love With Me), and Van Morrison (Ain't Nothing You Can Do).
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