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John Mayer Joins Grateful Dead Members In New Music Project

8/6/2015 11:53pm EDT
John Mayer
A month after the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary Fare Thee Well shows in Santa Clara, Calif. and Chicago, Ill. closed the book on the band as we know it, and now four of the surviving members are set to carry on, because the music never stopped.

Singer/guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann announced on Thursday that they'll be adding Grammy-winner

John Mayer to the mix to play at least one show together.

The band, called "Dead & Company," also features Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, Weir's longtime keyboardist from several of h...

Who Are The Biggest Celebrity Deadheads?

7/5/2015 5:23pm EDT
Bill Walton, George R.R. Martin And A Dozen Of The Most Famous G
This weekend marks the final performances of rock legends the Grateful Dead as the band is set to play three last shows at Chicago's Soldier Field under the "Fare Thee Well" moniker.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the band, along with the 20-year anniversary of lead singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia, and the group is set to go out with a bang with its four surviving members -- Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann -- and a little help from Bruce Hornsby, who played keyboards for the band for a couple of years after the death of Brent Mydland, and Phish's Trey Anastasio.


Grateful Dead Reuniting For Three Farewell Shows In Chicago

1/16/2015 4:40pm EST
Grateful Dead
The surviving members of the Grateful Dead will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2015, announcing that a three-show run at Chicago's Soldier Field will serve as the Dead's last hurrah.

Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will be joined by Phish's Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Weir's longtime Ratdog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti for the three shows, which will be held over Fourth of July weekend in the Windy City.

"Lookin' forward to this one, oh boy, you bet. Let's see just how much fun we can have this 4th of July," Weir said in a press release on the band's official ...

Martin Scorsese To Executive Produce Grateful Dead Documentary

10/24/2014 10:57am EDT
Martin Scorsese To Executive Produce Grateful Dead Documentary
In honor of the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary next year, Martin Scorsese is executive producing a documentary about the iconic band. The untitled project will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev.

The movie will feature never-before-seen concert footage and interviews from surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir, according to Frontman Jerry Garcia died in 1995.

Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh, and Weir said in a statement: "Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just...

Deadheads Unite To Prevent Jerry Garcia Amphitheater Name Change

5/3/2013 6:49pm EDT
Jerry Garcia
Grateful Dead fans have united in a bid to stop plans to change the name of a California theatre dedicated to Jerry Garcia.

In 2005, The Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in San Francisco was named in honor of the musician but city officials are now considering proposals to change the title and bring in a sponsor to give the venue an economic boost.

Nonetheless, plans to call the theater the Levitt Pavilion San Francisco at Jerry Garcia Meadows have been met with resistance from Grateful Dead fans, who have launched a crusade to keep the singer's memorial intact.

An online petition has garner...

10 Inappropriate Songs To Play At The Pope's Inauguration

3/17/2013 1:00pm EDT
10 Inappropriate Songs To Play at the Pope's Inaguration
Pope Francis I will be inaugurated as Pope on March 19, and ultimately it will be a very important and serious occasion. So, in order to prevent any really awkward moments, here are 10 songs that should not be played at any cost.

10. "Running with the Devil" Van Halen

One would hope that the new Pope doesn't " there's no tomorrow." That would lead to some awkward thoughts on the afterlife.

9. "Dear God" XTC

This song is about questioning faith in religion, and features lyrics like "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are just somebody's unholy hoax."

8. "God's Away on Busi...

Jerry Garcia's Personal Belongings To Go Under The Hammer

3/15/2012 3:18pm EDT
Jerry Garcia
Grateful Dead star Jerry Garcia's belongings, instruments and handwritten set lists are to be put up for auction in California this spring.

Auction house Bonhams will sell off the hit-maker's personal effects as part of the Visions of Garcia event in San Francisco on May 8th.

The collection will feature Garcia's drums, amplifiers, sunglasses, artistic sketchbooks and even his 1983 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Other hot ticket items include an acoustic Takamine guitar, valued at upwards of $100,000, and a landscape oil painting created by the icon, which is expected to fetch $150,000.

Grateful Dead Exhibit Coming To The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

1/20/2012 8:46am EST
Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead's career will be the focus of an upcoming tribute exhibition at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

The show will feature memorabilia including guitars, handwritten notes and Mickey Hart's custom-painted drum kit.

The exhibition, due to open in April, will be launched with a special event featuring a performance by The Mickey Hart Band.

Museum vice president Jim Henke, says, "In a 30-year career, this group wrote their own rules and created a community unlike any band before or since."

The group officially disbanded in 1995 following the d...

Jerry Garcia Documentary In The Works

1/6/2012 2:16pm EST
Jerry Garcia
The Grateful Dead star Jerry Garcia is to be the subject of a new musical documentary.

Filmmaker Malcolm Leo and veteran manager John Hartmann have secured the music rights to the band's extensive catalogue and they are teaming up to shoot a feature-length film about the late rocker.

The project will center around a three-hour conversation Leo conducted with Garcia in 1987. It will also contain never-before-seen performances and rare home movies, according to

The film, which is set for a spring release, will also feature a rare interview with Garcia's eldest daughter, An...

Grateful Dead Bassist Phil Lesh Joins Celebrity Restaurateurs

1/4/2012 10:22pm EST
Phil Lesh
Rocker Phil Lesh is to open a restaurant and performance space in San Rafael, California.

The Grateful Dead bassist has spent years looking for the ideal spot for Terrapin Crossroads, according to, and now he's ready to open business.

According to the venue's website, Lesh will open the restaurant with shows in March, before shutting the performance space down for renovations.

Terrapin Crossroads will then relaunch in spring 2013.

Grateful Dead's Massive 72-Disc 'Europe 72' Set Sells Out Months Before Release

3/9/2011 10:27pm EST
Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead’s monumental boxed set EUROPE ’72: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS has sold out of the 7200 individually numbered, limited edition version just weeks after it was first announced. The exclusive release documents the Dead’s momentous 1972 European tour, arguably the band’s greatest, with over 70 hours of music featuring every note recorded during the 22-show jaunt. The now sold out limited edition version comes housed in a replica steamer trunk reminiscent of the ones prevalently used at the time. Along with the music, a vast majority of which is previously unreleased, ...

Grateful Dead Unveil 'Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings' 60-Disc Box Set!

2/10/2011 8:35pm EST
Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead slipped the shores of America and crossed the pond for its first-ever major European tour in April 1972. The legendary 22-show run spawned Europe ’72, a live triple album that remains one of the band’s best-selling and most beloved releases. A tour this momentous deserves a boxed set of historic proportions and has stamped your passport to relive every note from the European tour with EUROPE ’72: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS—an individually numbered, limited edition collection that includes more than 60 discs with over 70 hours of music featuring every show from wha...

Symphonic Orchestra To Play Grateful Dead Music With Bob Weir

2/1/2011 8:42am EST
Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead star Bob Weir has teamed with a symphonic orchestra to rework his former supergroup's music for an upcoming "once-in-a-lifetime" concert.

The singer/songwriter has announced plans for a special one-off orchestral Grateful Dead gig with the Marin Symphony Orchestra in May.

The concert will take place on May 7 at the Marin Center in San Rafael, California.

Weir will orchestrate the music with Stanford University's Dr. Giancarlo Aquilanti.

He says, "Part of what makes this interesting is that it's not just going to be an orchestra playing Grateful Dead songs. I'm going to be ...

Federal Drug Agents Storm 'Jam Cruise' Featuring Taylor Hicks & Bob Weir

1/12/2011 8:31am EST
Taylor Hicks
A New Year cruise ferrying fans of "American Idol" star Taylor Hicks and funk icon Maceo Parker from Florida to the Caribbean and back has returned after a drug raid.

Reports suggest federal drug agents stormed the ship just before it was due to set sail last week - with guests looking forward to high seas concerts by Hicks, Parker, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and the Robert Randolph Band.

The authorities seized illegal drugs, including Ecstasy and LSD, and arrested several revellers, who did not make the voyage.

The Jam Cruise left port following the raids and returned on Monday, acco...

Buy Jerry Garica's Home For $4 Million

9/21/2010 8:51am EDT
Jerry Garcia
The last home Grateful Dead star Jerry Garcia lived in before he died is on the market for $4 million.

The musician served as lead guitarist and vocalist of the group before his tragic death in 1995.

And now fans of the star will have the chance to live in his last property, an 11-acre estate near San Francisco, California, which boasts a solar-heated pool and an organic garden.

Jerry Garcia's Estate Refuses To Release Songs For Movie

8/5/2010 2:00pm EDT
Jerry Garcia
A movie based on the life of Grateful Dead star Jerry Garcia has been thrown into jeopardy after the late rocker's estate refused producers permission to feature the rocker's music.

The guitarist, who passed away in 1995, is the focus of a new film which will tell the story of his rise to fame. It is based on Robert Greenfield's book Dark Star: An Oral History of Jerry Garcia and will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev.

However, the executors of Garcia's estate and the band's Grateful Dead Productions have distanced themselves from the project and denied a request for Garcia's songs to be feat...

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Launch 'Virtual' Tour

11/19/2009 10:00am EST
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have launched The Superhighway Tour, a first of its kind online-only music experience that delivers 24 of the 48 tracks from the forthcoming "Live Anthology" as high-quality digital downloads and on-demand streams in advance of the Live Anthology's release. "Ticketholders" will receive an insider's view of those 24 tracks, through archived memorabilia reproduced on the site, new band commentary, classic reviews, and curated content from the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers vaults. Fans will also be able to share their photos and stories from their favorite Tom...

Unexpected, Untimely And Shocking Deaths In Music

7/1/2009 11:15am EDT
Shocking music deaths
Heart attacks. Plane crashes. Car crashes. Drug overdoses. Murder. Over the years, these have become some of the most common causes of the often shocking deaths in the music industry. On a lighter note, some might argue that even ham sandwiches have been involved.

Regardless of the cause, take a look back at these musical icons that have left us way, way, way too soon - yet have left us with legacies that will live on forever. The majority of these deaths, in addition to being sudden and shocking, were in some way either ironic or just completely messed up. Rock on...

Michael Jackso...

Check Out 'Woodstock: 3 Days Of Peace & Music' On DVD June 6

5/30/2009 7:49am EDT
"Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music" – the four-hour director’s cut of the 1970 Oscar®-winning documentary about the landmark music event that featured some of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll performers in history -- will be released June 9 in a spectacular new limited, numbered Blu-ray and DVD Ultimate Collector’s Edition (UCE).

With two extra hours of rare performance footage - some of it newly-discovered, some only seen in part and some never seen at all - the UCE is destined to make its own history.

Image © 1969 Michael Lang Henry Diltz

Today, four decades later, Woodstoc...

More Rock Stars Have Died At 27 Than Any Other Age

4/7/2009 9:30am EDT
Jimi Hendrix
"The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll," which comes out today, reveals that more rock stars have died at 27 than at any other age.

Famous 27s include Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, and members of The Gits, Big Star, Badfinger, Grateful Dead, Minutemen, The Stooges, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Mars Volta, American Head Charge, Manic Street Preachers, and many more.

Starpulse broke the story late last year that Amy Winehouse is terrified of joining the 27 Club and Britney Spears is too, according to author and journalist ...

Two New Grateful Dead Music Collections Out April 7

3/24/2009 7:00pm EDT
Grateful Dead
Pinpointing the creative zenith of the Grateful Dead's career would be a challenge fit for even Sisyphus. That said, one could do a lot worse than looking to the fabled spring tour of 1977, long considered by Dead Heads as the very best. During a remarkable 26 shows in 37 days, the Dead played with unparalleled energy, wit, passion and power -- a band at the very top of its game. The tour ended on a euphoric note May 28 at the Hartford Civic Center in Connecticut, where the band previewed several tracks from its soon-to-be-released ninth studio album Terrapin Station.

Listening Par...

It's A Beautiful Day (Links & Stuff)

3/9/2009 7:00pm EDT
Check out some of the best links and viral videos found around the web today. And be sure to visit our On the Web section where we're constantly adding interesting links all the time.

YOU can even add links to stuff you find out there now, like interesting articles, cool YouTube videos, strange news, interesting photo galleries, and, well, just about anything!

U2 announces tour; check out the virtual stage setup. This is going to be awesome. -

We got your money! Gonna spend your money! Gonna print some more money! - Maggie's Farm

Dancing with the Stars: Seas...

Tour-Bound Phish Asks Judge To Reel In Bootleggers

3/4/2009 12:08pm EST
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Phish is kicking off its reunion tour with a lawsuit against bootleggers in Virginia and across the country.

The Vermont-based rock band, which developed a cult following over two decades before splitting up, will perform for the first time since 2004 on Friday night at the Hampton Coliseum in southeastern Virginia. But first, the foursome will ask a judge to block the sale of bootleg T-shirts, posters and other merchandise at its upcoming concerts. U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson will consider the band's request for an injunction Thursday afternoon.


Grateful Dead Alums Plan First Tour In 5 Years

1/3/2009 9:00am EST
Grateful Dead
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It looks like the old Dead are gettin' on. Surviving members of the Grateful Dead say they'll regroup for a 19-city tour, their first since 2004, beginning April 12 in Greensboro, N.C.

The group, which now just calls itself The Dead, announced its plans Thursday.

Original band members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have toured sporadically since the 1995 death of guitarist Jerry Garcia, but struggled to get along personally and artistically. They told Rolling Stone in November that they've worked out their differences, aided by a successful...

Overrated & Underrated Pop Duets

10/3/2008 10:11am EDT
Paul McCartney/Stevie Wonder
Sometimes one just ain't enough.

That's a line, okay an amended line, from the rarest of rock treats - the duet. Everyone loves when two pop icons team up for a single. It's just like those rare occasions when two solo wrestlers join forces for a super tag-team.

Just like its brethren in the WWE the results for pop duets are often much less than the sum of their parts. Still, each duet holds a special spot, or two, in the minds of music fans.

So it's easy to say that all duets are overrated isn't it? Well, that would be the case if it weren't for the fact that so many gr...

'Rock Band 2' Setlist Revealed, See The Entire List

7/14/2008 3:35pm EDT
Rock Band 2
Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game company, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, along with marketing and distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc., today revealed at the 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit the song set list for Rock Band 2, the next evolution of the groundbreaking Rock Band music platform. The Rock Band 2 soundtrack will feature over 100 songs with over 80 songs on disc plus an additional 20 bonus tracks which will be made available for free download this fall. This builds upon the unparalleled depth and diversity of Rock Band’s original set list and...

Five Must-See Concerts Before You Die

7/14/2008 10:09am EDT
Led Zeppelin
Picture this scenario: you're on your deathbed, all of your finances are in order and amends have been made in every single one of your personal relationships. Something is wrong though; something keeps persistently gnawing at your emotions of regret until you realize that, as a fan of Rock and Roll, there were too many missed opportunities throughout your life. Too many nights, watching concerts from the latest fad, instead of seeing the true greats of arena history. If only you could go back in time, perhaps forgo that night wasted on The Spin Doctors and trade that experience for a night...

MTV2 Selects Next 'Rock Band' Singles

6/9/2008 5:30pm EDT
Rock Band
Harmonix and MTV Games announced today the next addition to the Rock Band Music Store will be tracks from MTV2's "Circuit Breakout" band contest winners The Material, The Myriad and Them Terribles, available on Tuesday, June 10. The three up-and-coming acts will join the ranks of some of the greatest rock bands including Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Boston, The Grateful Dead, Queens of the Stone Age and more, as part of the Rock Band downloadable content catalog with more than 170 songs to date. Each track will be available for $.99 per track (80 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360®), or $2.99 ...

Goofy Rock Names

5/30/2008 8:58am EDT
Meat Loaf
There are lots of bizarre, random band names in the history of rock and roll, like the Strawberry Alarm Clock, the Smashing Pumpkins, and the Electric Prunes, and it may have been a little embarrassing to say "I'm a member of The Electric Prunes." But, would you be willing to say, "I am the Electric Prune?"

Here at Starpulse, we would like to pay tribute to the individuals who have the courage to sign his/her checks, or introduce him/herself at a parent teacher conference with one of the below listed names.

10) The Edge: It's kind of a cool name when you think about it. Not Ed...

Shout! Factory To Release Mickey Hart's Discography

3/31/2008 11:50am EDT
Mickey Hart
Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart's innovative Planet Drum CD convened some of the world's finest drum talent for a collaboration that won the very first GRAMMY for world music- bringing together Nigerian drum legend Babatunde Olatunji, Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, Nigerian talking drum ace Sikiru Adepoju, and Puerto Rico's master conguero Giovanni Hidalgo, among others. The 1991 album spent an unprecedented 26 weeks at #1 on the Billboard world music chart, and continues to sell as a perennial favorite.

Fifteen years later, the musical partnership of Hart and Hussa...