1. Rounder Records Announces Gregg Allman's Final Album is Out in September: Listen to First Song

    July 26, 2017 11:51 AM EDT Gregg Allman spent his final years working on his last record, 'Southern Blood.' On Wednesday (July 26) Rounder Records announced they will be releasing Gregg Allman ’s final studio album, Southern Blood , on Friday, Sept. 8. Southern Blood is a farewell to the beloved rock icon…

  2. Jerry Garcia's Guitar Fetches $1.9m at Auction

    June 02, 2017 5:21 AM EDT A guitar that Jerry Garcia played everywhere from San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom to Egypt's Great Pyramids fetched over $1.9 million at an auction in New York. The Grateful Dead frontman's guitar - named Wolf - was purchased at a charity auction in Brooklyn Wednesday night…

  3. Jerry Garcia's Guitar Heads to Auction, Could Fetch $1M

    May 31, 2017 10:31 PM EDT A guitar that Jerry Garcia played everywhere from San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom to Egypt's Great Pyramids is headed to auction on Wednesday night. The Grateful Dead frontman's guitar - named Wolf - will be offered at the Brooklyn Bowl, a bowling alley, restaurant and…

  4. Live Music's $20 Billion Year: The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well Reunion, Taylor Swift, One Direction Top Boxscore's Year-End

    December 11, 2015 3:04 PM EST Grateful Dead’s "Fare Thee Well" tops all, though Taylor Swift, U2, Billy Joel, Kenny Chesney perform well. As the sun began to set on Chicago’s Soldier Field, the positive vibe was palpable as more than 70,000 fans -- most of them clutching American Beauty roses -- settled in for…

  5. Allen Toussaint, Legendary New Orleans Producer, Songwriter & Performer, Dies at 77

    November 10, 2015 7:10 AM EST Allen Toussaint, whose work as a songwriter, producer, and performer helped define the sound of soul and R&B in New Orleans and beyond, died following a performance in Madrid last night (Nov. 9), his family confirmed to New Orleans CBS affiliate  WWL . He was 77.  Remembering Allen…

  6. One More Saturday Night: Dead & Company Go to Work with Masterful John Mayer

    November 01, 2015 3:30 PM EST Bringing new blood into an established band is a tricky proposition. Look at any number of heritage acts -- from Def Leppard to Van Halen , Kiss to the Allman Brothers  -- and their mutating lineups, some accepted more willingly by fans than others.  For the Grateful Dead , who lost…

  7. Grateful Dead Shares Tracklist For 'Fare Thee Well' Box Sets

    October 15, 2015 2:00 PM EDT A bounty of footage from the Grateful Dead’s July 2015 residency at Chicago’s Soldier Field will be captured in a selection of forthcoming box sets. Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead is due Nov. 20, but the official track listing arrived today (Oct. 15). We said sets --…

  8. John Mayer Declares Himself a 'Deadhead' Ahead of Dead & Company Tour Dates

    October 07, 2015 3:45 AM EDT Singer-songwriter John Mayer proudly declared himself a "Deadhead" as he defended members of the Grateful Dead in their decision to regroup after playing what was supposed to be the band's final tour this summer. Mayer is rehearsing in a city north of San Francisco with…

  9. John Mayer Talks Grateful Dead Legacy, Fare Thee Well and Learning to Play 'A Universe of Great Songs'

    August 05, 2015 3:15 PM EDT How do you get to Madison Square Garden with Dead & Company? Practice, practice, practice... Rumors of a post-Fare Thee Well incarnation of the Grateful Dead have been around since the original trio of shows featuring Phish ’s Trey Anastasio were announced back in January, but today’s …

  10. The Grateful Dead Is Resurrected Once More, This Time With John Mayer: Exclusive

    August 05, 2015 11:43 AM EDT Dead & Company will make its debut at Madison Square Garden on Halloween. The Grateful Dead ’s run of five sold-out shows earlier this summer, billed as Fare Thee Well and featuring Phish ’s Trey Anastasio , was not a final farewell after all. As previously reported by…

  11. Chaz Bono Reflects on Grateful Dead, Breaking Into Acting & Caitlyn Jenner

    July 15, 2015 2:41 PM EDT Before Caitlyn Jenner captured headlines with her journey to becoming a woman, Chaz Bono helped lay the groundwork toward greater acceptance with his own transition, chronicled in the 2011 documentary, Becoming Chaz . In it, he hoped to dispel ignorance about gender reassignment and help…

  12. Grateful Dead, Trey Anastasio Bid Final Fare Thee Well at Third Chicago Show: Concert Review

    July 05, 2015 10:37 PM EDT Has this long, strange trip really come to an end? The members of the  Grateful Dead began their third and final Fare Thee Well show at Chicago's Soldier Field with a bow. Gathering at center stage, the "core four" --  Bob Weir , Phil Lesh , ​ Mickey Hart  and Bill…

  13. Grateful Dead Too Big To Fail at Fare Thee Well July Fourth Show: Concert Review

    July 05, 2015 11:44 AM EDT Let’s face it -- the vibes in Chicago have been pretty darn good. Let's face it -- the vibes at this spate of Grateful Dead shows in Chicago have been pretty darn good. Celebrating their final three gigs after 50 years, the band's stunning overload of tribal entertainment and…

  14. A Grateful Dead Fable: Back to the Fillmore

    July 03, 2015 2:10 PM EDT With Fare Thee Well finally upon us, Billboard dives into the realm of Deadhead fantasy. This short story is excerpted from The Boy Who Cried Freebird: Rock & Roll Fables and Sonic Storytelling by Mitch Myers (HarperCollins) The year is 2069 and Adam Coil V is celebrating his 17th…

  15. Fare Thee Well: Grateful Dead Lyricist Robert Hunter Remembers His Last Conversation with Jerry Garcia

    July 02, 2015 11:00 AM EDT A rare interview published in the just-released Ebook, 'Reckoning: Conversations With the Grateful Dead,' offers a glimpse into the band's songwriting process. Robert Hunter was a non-performing member of the Grateful Dead , at least as important as anyone else to the group’s…

  16. Grateful for Tech: 8 Ways the 21st Century Dead Experience Is Not Like the Old Days

    July 01, 2015 12:23 AM EDT Shazam, Google Maps, Uber, Twitter... Fare Thee Well brings with it a slew of advances. Between the tunes, the haze and the memories, it was easy to forget that the Grateful Dead ’s Fare Thee Well weekend bow was taking place in 2015 -- until, that is, a minute later when you found yourself…

  17. Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well: Trey Anastasio For the Win on Night Two in Santa Clara

    June 29, 2015 1:02 AM EDT After the shredding, a moment of silence to those gone before their time. Plus: John Mayer. Night two of the Grateful Dead ’s Fare Thee Well run-up got off to a funky and ferocious start. The cobwebs were shaken loose, the groove found its pocket in opener “Feel Like a Stranger,” and all…

  18. Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Arrives & Thrives with Trey Anastasio on the Side

    June 28, 2015 7:20 AM EDT Billboard reviews the Santa Clara, Calif. debut of the jam supergroup. Other than the lineup, there were few givens about the debut of Fare Thee Well, the five-date run of shows headlined by the “core four” of the Grateful Dead --  Bob Weir , Phil Lesh , Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann -- to…

  19. Peter Shapiro, Co-Producer of the Grateful Dead's Reunion Concerts, Reveals How He Got the Band Back Together

    June 26, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Peter Shapiro -- co-producer of The Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago and California, owner of the Brooklyn Bowl franchise and more -- isn’t just a Deadhead. He dates the beginning of his career to a 1993 show in Chicago that inspired him to produce two documentaries on the…

  20. Lady Gaga Sings Linda Perry, Stephen Colbert Honors Toby Keith, Zac Brown Fetes the Grateful Dead At Songwriters Hall Of Fame Ceremony

    June 19, 2015 5:20 AM EDT In the men’s room of New York's Marriott Marquis hotel just before the start of the 46th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, one man said, “Anyone know any jokes?” Another replied, “I got a check from Pandora for $1.89 -- for six million plays.” He was joking, or at least…

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