“ The Long, Strange Trip Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead forged a completely unique musical identity, playing thousands of concerts over a 30-year period.Though Garcia's death in August 1995 effectively ended the band's touring days, the Dead's music and cultural influence have continued to grow.Oh, if that's not enough, Cherry Garcia remains Ben and Jerry's No. Dead to the Core The crux of the Grateful Dead's musical identity was the band's willingness to constantly experiment.No song was ever played the same way twice, and no two concerts are remotely alike.Hence, somewhere in the Deadosphere there exist tapes of practically all of the 2,500 shows the Dead performed in their 30 years of touring.If you have a lot of time to kill, just ask a group of Deadheads to talk about their favorite live show.After his death, guitarist Bob Weir and bassist Phil Lesh formed a series of bands — the current incarnation is called Furthur — while drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart (not visible in this photo) lead the group the Rhythm Devils.
It was the recognition of an essentially spiritual experience that bound them together.
Though Garcia's death in August 1995 effectively ended the band's touring days, the Dead's music and cultural influence have continued to grow.
Digital copies of the band's concerts continue to sell briskly via i Tunes and fan sites, while a Hollywood biopic about Garcia is in the works, and a pair of Deadhead marketing experts have just released a book that posits the band as an ideal model for marketing in the Internet age.
Many of these vendors never attended a single concert, but would camp out, hoping to earn enough money to pack up their painted Volkswagen bus and follow the band to their next stop.
Among the parking lot hordes you could always spot the hopeful, roaming the grounds with a single raised finger: Deadhead code for “I Need a Miracle,” a free concert ticket.
Interestingly: That gesture was still in play in 2007 when newly-elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threw a party and invited former members of the band to play.