The Grateful Dead, With their awesome vibe, Though 30 great years have ended, Their spirits and music stay alive, The songs they sang, And the tunes they played, Had heads following them, Decade after decade, They had people dancing, From young and to old, Listening to the lyrics, And the stories that they told, So while the songs keep playing, We will remember Jerry and the Dead, And we'll be forever thankful, For the tunes in our head.
As we all know the Grateful Dead formed in 1965 in the famous Haight-Ashbury scene in the San Fransico Area. Members of the Grateful Dead consisted of the late Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Robert Hunter. Members over the years included the late Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan, Tom Constanten, Donna Jean Godchaux, the late Keith Godchaux, the late Brent Mydland, and others over the years.
The Grateful Dead spilled out 30 great years of music. They toured the US, Europe, Egypt, and others. Thousands and thousands of "Heads" would travel from miles around just to see the band and their Wall of Sound. Some came by bus, others came by train, and a lot of them flocked in in their VW's. From the bug to the bus they were there.
The atmosphere at these shows were almost undescribable. The amount of love and peace that flocked around, made people wonder why the whole world couldn't get along like this. This grand touring and atmosphere lasted for 30 long and wonderful years of great music and fun. Sadly in 1995, Jerry Garcia, the lead man died of heart failure. The legend of his music and his life, as well as the band's shall live on in the eyes of the fans and the people that loved them.
It's not all sad news though, there are many bands out there that carry on the legend and the atmosphere. You've got The Other Ones, which are the remaining members of the Grateful Dead. You have Phish, from Vermont, you've got Rusted Root from the great state of Pennsylvania, as well as you've got Ratdog, Mickey Hart's band, Hot Tuna, and there are plenty more out there. Just gotta look for them.