Grateful Dead Exhibit Opens at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [AUDIO]
Jerry’s gone and The Dead are only coming back on AMC, but the faithful followers of the band can re-live the glory days once again with a trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. A Deadhead myself, I appreciate the long strange trip it’s been and I’m very grateful for the chance to see, up-close some very cool Dead artifacts.
The exhibit, called "Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip," opened last night (April 12) as part of the Rock Hall's Induction Week lineup of events. Drummer Mickey Hart was on hand for a special private show and performed some solo stuff as well as Dead classics.
He unveiled the collection that includes a custom painted drum kit he used during their tours, a couple of Bob Weir’s guitars and 5 of Jerry’s guitars. Some of the more interesting items include parts of the Dead's famed Wall of Sound PA rig and some original handwritten lyrics for "Truckin'," "Sugaree" and "Box of Rain".
You can peruse Dead-related artwork like posters for the shows and album covers… and yes there is a photo/art section dedicated to the band’s transient fans known as Deadheads.
I have my fingers crossed that there aren’t any pictures of me trippin’ on shrooms, dancing in just my tighty-whiteys and a BJ & the Bear t-shirt from the April 89 show at the Met Center.
If you happened to be at that show (like I was), I found an incredibly clean recording of it on Archive.org. If you click the play button on the player below, it will automatically play the entire concert for you!