Grateful Dead

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The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. Ranging from quintet to septet, the band is known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, psychedelia, experimental music, modal jazz, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, and space rock, for live performances of lengthy instrumental jams, and for their devoted fan base, known as "Deadheads". "Their music," writes Lenny Kaye, "touches on ground that most other groups don't even know exists." These various influences were distilled into a diverse and psychedelic whole that made the Grateful Dead "the pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world". The band was ranked 57th by Rolling Stone magazine in its The Greatest Artists of All Time issue. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and a recording of their May 8, 1977 performance at Cornell University's Barton Hall was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2012. The Grateful Dead have sold more than 35 million albums worldwide.

The Grateful Dead was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area amid the rise of the counterculture of the 1960s. The founding members were Jerry Garcia (lead guitar, vocals), Bob Weir (rhythm guitar, vocals), Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (keyboards, harmonica, vocals), Phil Lesh (bass, vocals), and Bill Kreutzmann (drums). Members of the Grateful Dead had played together in various San Francisco bands, including Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions and the Warlocks. Lesh was the last member to join the Warlocks before they became the Grateful Dead; he replaced Dana Morgan Jr., who had played bass for a few gigs. Drummer Mickey Hart and nonperforming lyricist Robert Hunter joined in 1967. With the exception of McKernan, who died in 1973, and Hart, who took time off from 1971 to 1974, the core of the band stayed together for its entire 30-year history. The other official members of the band are Tom Constanten (keyboards; 1968–1970), John Perry Barlow (nonperforming lyricist; 1971–1995), Keith Godchaux (keyboards; 1971–1979), Donna Godchaux (vocals; 1972–1979), Brent Mydland (keyboards, vocals; 1979–1990), and Vince Welnick (keyboards, vocals; 1990–1995). Pianist Bruce Hornsby was a touring member from 1990 to 1992, as well as guesting with the band on occasion before and after the tours.

After the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995, former members of the band, along with other musicians, toured as the Other Ones in 1998, 2000, and 2002, and the Dead in 2003, 2004, and 2009. In 2015, the four surviving core members marked the band's 50th anniversary in a series of concerts that were billed as their last performances together. There have also been several spin-offs featuring one or more core members, such as Dead & Company, Furthur, the Rhythm Devils, Phil Lesh & Friends, RatDog, and Billy & the Kids.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971-11-15: Austin, TX, USA Grateful Dead 1
1971-12-14: Ann Arbor, MI, USA Grateful Dead 1
1972-03-25: New York, NY, USA Jerry Garcia and Friends 1
1972-04-08: Wembley, London, UK Grateful Dead 1
1972-04-14: Copenhagen, Denmark Grateful Dead 1
1972-04-17: Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark Grateful Dead 1
1972-04-29: Hamburg, Germany Grateful Dead 1
1972-05-03: Olympia, Paris, France Grateful Dead 1
1972-05-04: Paris, France Grateful Dead 1
1972-05-23: London, UK Grateful Dead 1
1972-07-26: Portland, OR, USA Grateful Dead 1
1972-08-12: Sacramento, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1972-08-24: Berkeley, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1972-08-27: Veneta, OR, USA Grateful Dead 2
1972-09-10: Hollywood, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1972-09-21: Philadelphia, PA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1972-10-18: St. Louis, MO, USA Grateful Dead 1
1972-11-22: Austin, TX, USA Grateful Dead 1
1972-12-11: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1972-12-31: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1973-02-09: Palo Alto, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1973-02-15: Madison, WI, USA Grateful Dead 1
1973-03-24: Philadelphia, PA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1973-04-02: Boston Garden, Boston, MA, USA Grateful Dead 2
1973-05-20: Santa Barbara, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1973-05-26: Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1973-05-26: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1973-06-10: Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, D.C., USA Grateful Dead 1
1973-06-22: Vancouver, BC, Canada Grateful Dead 1
1973-09-11: College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1973-11-11: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1973-11-14: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-02-22: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-02-22: Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-02-24: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-03-23: Daly City, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-05-17: Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC, Canada Grateful Dead 1
1974-05-21: Seattle, WA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-06-16: Des Moines, IA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-06-22: Miami, FL, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-06-23: Miami, FL, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-06-26: Providence, RI, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-06-28: Boston, MA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-06-30: Springfield, MA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-07-19: Fresno, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-07-25: Chicago, IL, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-07-27: Roanoke, VA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-07-29: Capital Centre, Landover, MD, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-07-31: Hartford, CT, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-08-04: Philadelphia, PA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-08-05: Philadelphia, PA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-08-06: Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-09-09: London, UK Grateful Dead 1
1974-09-10: London, UK Grateful Dead 1
1974-09-11: London, UK Grateful Dead 1
1974-09-18: Dijon, France Grateful Dead 1
1974-09-20: Palais des Sports, Paris, France Grateful Dead 1
1974-09-20: Palais des Sports, Paris, France Grateful Dead 1
1974-09-21: Palais des Sports, Paris, France Grateful Dead 1
1974-10-16: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-10-17: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-10-18: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-10-19: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1974-10-20: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1975-03-23: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1975-09-28: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1976-06-03: Portland, OR, USA Grateful Dead 1
1976-06-10: Boston, MA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1976-06-24: Upper Darby, PA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1976-06-29: Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA Grateful Dead 1
1976-07-16: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1976-07-18: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1976-10-03: "30 Trips Around the Sun," Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI Grateful Dead 1
1976-12-31: Daly City, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-02-26: San Bernardino, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-02-26: San Bernardino, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-02-26: Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-02-26: Swing Theatre, San Bernardino CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-03-20: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-05-04: The Palladium, New York City, NY, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-05-05: New Haven, CT, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-05-07: Boston Garden, Boston, MA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-05-07: Boston, MA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-05-08: Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-05-08: Ithaca, NY, USA Grateful Dead 2
1977-05-09: War Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-05-11: Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, MN Grateful Dead 1
1977-05-13: Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-05-15: St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, MO, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-05-17: Memorial Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, AL Grateful Dead 1
1977-05-28: Hartford, CT, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-06-07: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-06-09: Winterland, San Francisco, CA Grateful Dead 1
1977-06-09: Winterland, San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 2
1977-10-16: Baton Rouge, LA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-11-06: Binghamton, NY, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-12-27: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1977-12-31: San Francisco, CA, USA Grateful Dead 1
1978-01-22: McArthur Court, Eugene, OR, USA Grateful Dead 1
1978-01-22: McArthur Court, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA Grateful Dead 1

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