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

March 9th, 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 dead.net 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, ...
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Symphonic Orchestra To Play Grateful Dead Music With Bob Weir

February 1st, 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 ...
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Federal Drug Agents Storm 'Jam Cruise' Featuring Taylor Hicks & Bob Weir

January 12th, 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...
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Two New Grateful Dead Music Collections Out April 7

March 24th, 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...
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Grateful Dead Alums Plan First Tour In 5 Years

January 3rd, 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...
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Headcount Plans To Register Up To 200,000 New Voters Through Live Concerts

November 6th, 2007 2:32pm EST
Dave Matthews Band
HeadCount, the volunteer-run voter registration organization that registered nearly 50,000 voters in 2004 through alliances with Dave Matthews Band and other artists, has announced an ambitious plan to stage voter registration drives at more than 500 concerts over the next year, with a goal of registering 200,000 new voters.

HeadCount will be the only national organization to stage voter registration at concerts on a large scale in 2008, employing registration methods it has tested and perfected over the last three years.

Virginia McEnerney, the former Vice President of Corporate...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 16

October 16th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Bob Weir
Happy Birthday to WNBA star and former UCONN Husky Sue Bird (1980), whiney singer John Mayer (1977), NHL star Paul Kariya (1974), Red Hot Chili Pepper Flea (1962), Mystic River star Tim Robbins (1958), Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir (1947), actress/entrepreneur Suzanne Somers (1946), FOX sports announcer Tim McCarver (1941), Alice star Linda Lavin (1937), Murder She Wrote star Angela Lansbury (1925), American playwright Eugene O'Neill (1888; d. 1953), Irish author/poet Oscar Wilde (1854; d. 1900), and dictionary pioneer Noah Webster (1758; d. 1843).
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Rhino Unlocks The Grateful Dead Vault With The Long-Delayed 'Three From The Vault'

July 4th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Grateful Dead
If you want to understand why people obsess over live Grateful Dead recordings, the historic From The Vault series of releases holds the answer. The story begins in 1991 when the band quietly and unintentionally launched a musical revolution with back-to-back live concert releases, One From the Vault and Two from The Vault. These superior-quality recordings of fan-favorite shows not only delighted Deadheads everywhere, but also inspired artists like Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam to eventually follow suit with releases of their own classic concerts.

Setting a gold standard by whic...
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VH1 Rock Docs Celebrates The 40th Anniversary Of The Monterey International Pop Festival

June 7th, 2007 12:33pm EDT
Janis Joplin
The original documentary "Monterey 40" Premieres Saturday, June 16 AT 9 PM ET/PT. The film is set to premiere on VH1 Classic and will be simulcast on VH1. The Monterey International Pop Festival was nothing short of a defining moment in rock and roll history. The three-day event, held June 16-18, 1967, ushered in the Summer of Love and featured an unprecedented bill of racially, musically diverse acts that showed rock's power to change the world.

"Monterey 40" will tell the story of this historic event from conception to event to aftermath to lasting impact from the perspective of mu...
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10,000 Lakes Festival Confirms The String Cheese Incident For Headliner As Trey Anastasio Cancels His Only Summer Performance

May 24th, 2007 12:49pm EDT
The String Cheese Incident
The 10,000 Lakes Festival (10KLF) announces the addition of The String Cheese Incident to the lineup, confirming a Minnesota performance on their summer tour. The Colorado-based group has spent more than a decade making innovative, genre-defying music and will perform two sets at the 10,000 Lakes Festival Friday, July 20 on the Main Stage.

"The String Cheese Incident is thrilled to be returning to 10KLF for the third time and are looking forward to performing in the North Woods once again," says SCI manager Mike Luba.

10KLF announces today that guitarist Trey Anastasio will be u...
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Sirius Satellite Radio To Launch Grateful Dead Channel

May 22nd, 2007 3:08pm EDT
Grateful Dead
Sirius Satellite Radio and the legendary Grateful Dead announced today a new radio channel dedicated to the music of Grateful Dead and its band members. Grateful Dead Radio will be heard exclusively on Sirius and feature music spanning the band's long and storied career, live performances from the band's own archives, bootleg performances from fans, previously unreleased recordings, and even special shows hosted by members of the band. Grateful Dead Radio is expected to launch on Sirius this summer.

"We have fans who've driven hundreds of miles to see us," said Grateful Dead drummer Mi...
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11th Annual 'All Good Music Festival' Expands Talent Lineup With 2nd Wave Of Acts

April 24th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Drive-By Truckers
Six more stellar acts have been added to the ever-expanding talent lineup of the 11th Annual All Good Music Festival as its celebrates the diversity and loyalty of the improvisational music scene with its most extensive and intensive lineup to date. Drive-By Truckers, Benevento/Russo Duo, Sam Bush, The Bridge, Lee Boys and the Ryan Montbleau Band have come aboard the East Coast's longest-running camping event for its return to the magnificent Marvin's Mountaintop in Masontown, WV, July 13-15, 2007.

They join many of the improvisational scene's leading attractions - Bob Weir & RatDog, t...
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Leftover Salmon To Reunite At 11th Annual All Good Music Festival

March 30th, 2007 7:30pm EDT
Leftover Salmon
Walther Productions is excited announce that Leftover Salmon has chosen the 11th Annual All Good Music Festival for its exclusive East Coast festival appearance when the longtime pillars of the improvisational music scene reunite this summer.

Vince Herman (acoustic guitar, vocals), Drew Emmitt (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Jeff Sipe (drums), Greg Garrison (bass, vocals), Bill McKay (keyboards, vocals), and Noam Pikelny (banjo) will be ending their 27-month hiatus by filling the West Virginia mountains with the trademark polyethnic-cajun-slamgrass sound that propelled Leftover Salmon fro...
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10,000 Lakes Festival Confirms The Tragically Hip, Zappa Plays Zappa

March 29th, 2007 3:03pm EDT
10KLF
The fifth annual 10,000 Lakes Festival (10KLF) held July 18 – 21 at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minn. is quickly becoming the summer's must attend live music and camping event. Adding artists to its growing lineup, 10KLF announces the confirmation of these groups: The Tragically Hip, Zappa Plays Zappa, Particle, Blueground Undergrass, Outformation, The Lee Boys, Big Organ Trio, and That 1 Guy.

Continuing the high standards of musical excellence that festivarians expect, this year's 10,000 Lakes Festival lineup already features Bob Weir & RatDog, Trey Anastasio, The Disco Bisc...
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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Announces Initial 2007 Lineup

February 14th, 2007 12:38pm EST
Police
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are proud to announce the initial lineup for the 2007 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The sixth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 14-17 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville.

A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2007 lineup will total over 100 bands and 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through bonnaroo.com on Friday, February 23 at 12:00 PM ...
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John Lennon's Legacy Continues

January 22nd, 2007 4:13pm EST
John Lennon
More than a quarter of a century after his untimely death, John Lennon's legacy lives on through the work of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, which begins its tenth anniversary of touring the country, providing free hands-on workshops, giving students a chance to express themselves through songwriting and music and video production.

The newly published book, Come Together: The Official John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Guide to Music and Video (Thomson Course Technology) is part how-to, part celebrity interviews, part technological showcase, and part travelogue. The book is fille...
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Grateful Dead Release Historic 1976 New Year's Eve Show On Three-Disc HDCD Jan. 23

January 10th, 2007 11:27am EST
Grateful Dead
Habital listeners of the Grateful Dead's live recordings are known for their ability to identify the year of a performance by listening to just a few notes. But for even the most "dead"icated listener, the band's 1976 New Year's Eve concert presents a genuine challenge. Rarely does any Dead show display the essence of several distinct periods of their sound, but this release contains the best elements of three or four clearly defined eras, and the sum of the parts adds up to one of the most interesting and inspired concerts of the band's 30-year performing career. The Grateful Dead and Rhin...
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Grateful Dead, The Doors, Joan Baez & More To Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

December 20th, 2006 4:03pm EST
Grateful Dead
Recipients of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical Grammy Award were announced today. Joan Baez, Booker T. & The MG's, Maria Callas, Ornette Coleman, The Doors, the Grateful Dead and Bob Wills will receive The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Estelle Axton, Cosimo Matassa and Stephen Sondheim will be honored with The Academy's Trustees Award. David M. Smith and Yamaha Corporation have been named recipients of the Technical GRAMMY Award.

"This year's group of accomplished honorees are as diverse as they are influential as creators of the most re...
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10,000 Lakes Festival Heads Into Fifth Year with Jam Heavyweights

December 7th, 2006 4:36pm EST
10KLF
The fifth annual 10,000 Lakes Festival (10KLF) will provide an unforgettable weekend of live musical performances and campout experiences held July 18 – 21 at the scenic Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. A yearly tradition for music lovers nationwide, 10KLF has quickly established itself as a premier festival destination.

The initial festival artist lineup includes members of the Grateful Dead and Phish leading their contemporary ensembles, along with a diverse cross-section of talent from the improvisational music scene. With dozens of bands still to be added in the coming m...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 16

October 16th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Bob Weir
Happy Birthday to WNBA star and former UCONN Husky Sue Bird (1980), whiney singer John Mayer (1977), NHL star Paul Kariya (1974), Red Hot Chili Pepper Flea (1962), Mystic River star Tim Robbins (1958), Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir (1947), actress/entrepreneur Suzanne Somers (1946), FOX sports windbag Tim McCarver (1941), Alice star Linda Lavin (1937), Murder She Wrote star Angela Lansbury (1925), American playwright Eugene O'Neill (1888; d. 1953), Irish author/poet Oscar Wilde (1854; d. 1900), and dictionary pioneer Noah Webster (1758; d. 1843).
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Dave Matthews Band Helps Grassroots Non-Profit Headcount.org Eclipse Registration Goals

September 26th, 2006 1:16pm EDT
DMB
HeadCount, the non-partisan, non-profit voter registration organization run by grassroots-oriented musicians, fans and promoters announced that it has eclipsed its voter registration goals for the recent "Midterms Matter Tour." The organization registered over 5,000 new voters on a budget of less than $25,000.

The Midterms Matter tour included over 30 events. Highlights included the Bonnaroo festival, the Phil Lesh /Trey Anastasio tour and a dozen dates with Dave Matthews Band.

"We set out to bring attention to the Midterm elections and prove how efficient a grassroots, music-ori...
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Top Musicians Participate In "Wear Your Music" Campaign; Guitar String Bracelets Benefit Charities

August 30th, 2006 12:11pm EDT
John Mayer
Relix, the magazine for music, announced that top artists John Mayer, Keith Richards and Anna Nalick have been added to the list of musicians participating in its "Wear Your Music" campaign. Created by noted designer Hannah Gasner of AZU Studio, Relix President/Publisher Steve Bernstein and sponsored by DR Handmade Strings, the Relix Band is a fashionable accessory created by previously played strings from top artists. The bracelets are available at www.relix.com/wearyourmusic.

"I think this is a terrific idea and I'm more than happy to be a part of it," said Carlos Santana. "The chari...
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"We Are The '80s" Series Celebrates The Hitmakers Of That Decade

August 1st, 2006 2:24pm EDT
We Are The 80s Albums
A quarter century after the premiere of MTV at 12:01 a.m., on August 1, 1981, the cataclysmic changes brought about by the first decade of the video revolution are continuing to be seen and heard in the music of today's twenty-somethings' artists. Celebrating Bangles, Loverboy, Eddie Money, and Scandal (all on Columbia/ Legacy), Bow Wow Wow and Rick Springfield (on RCA/Legacy), and A Flock Of Seagulls (on Jive/Legacy), the first seven We Are The '80s collections arrived in stores on July 18. The title of the series comes from the popular "We Are the '80s" blocks of video programming that r...
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Les Claypool Summer 2006 Tour Dates

May 19th, 2006 11:24pm EDT
Les Claypool
Bassist, songwriter (and now novelist, director, and movie star) Les Claypool will kick off a national tour at the Warfield in his hometown of San Francisco on June 1st. The tour runs through the end of July and includes stops at the Wakarusa and Bonnaroo festivals.

The tour will mark the release of Les Claypool's newest solo album 'Of Whales and Woe' (May 30th/Prawn Song) and comes in the midst of Claypool's most high profile month ever including the screening of his movie 'Electric Apricot' and his first novel 'South of the Pumphouse.'

Claypool will also have a few special event...
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Dave Matthews & Friends To Headline Bahamas Cruise/Concert

October 31st, 2005 7:03am EST
Dave Matthews
It was announced today that Dave Matthews & Friends will headline an intimate, exclusive concert in the Bahamas as part of a 3 day rock and roll cruise next February. The Dave Matthews & Friends Caribbean Cruise Getaway will set sail on February 3, 2006, on two elite Royal Caribbean cruise ships, the Sovereign of the Seas and the Majesty of the Seas, and will arrive at an undisclosed Private Island location where Dave Matthews & Friends will headline a live concert. On the open seas, fans will be entertained by such artists as Bob Weir and Ratdog, G. Love and Special Sauce, Toots and the ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 16

October 16th, 2005 11:12am EDT
Tim Robbins
Happy birthday to actor Jeremy Jackson (1980), singer/songwriter Kellie Martin (1975), rapper B-Rock (1972), actress Terri J. Vaughn (1969), Wilson Phillips singer Wendy Wilson (1969), Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea (1962), actor Randy Vasquez (1961), Husker Du singer Bob Mould (1960), Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp (1959), actor/director Tim Robbins (1958), Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir (1947), actress Suzanne Somers (1946), Bachman-Turner Overdrive bassist C.F. Turner (1943), actor Barry Corbin (1943), and actress Angela Lansbury (1925).
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