The Grateful Dead were inducted into Madison Square Garden’s Walk of Fame in New York City this morning. The ceremony featured appearances by Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Jerry Garcia’s daughter Trixie Garcia and Mickey Hart’s daughter Reya Hart, as well as fellow inductees Eddie Giacomin, Harry “The Horse” Gallatin and George Kalinsky.
The Grateful Dead were honored for the 52 sold out shows that they played at the legendary arena between 1979 and 1995, which included nine-night runs in 1988 and 1991. NYC rock radio personality Jim Kerr introduced Weir, Kreutzmann, Garcia and Hart, noting that, “There are bands, and then there are movements.” Kerr also stated that the Grateful Dead’s art was timeless, as he first played them on his radio show in 1969, his son followed them on tour in the early 90s (“I visited a Western Union every three days that summer”) and his granddaughter enjoys dancing to their music today.
Following the ceremony, Weir and Kreutzmann took a few minutes to speak with Relix/Jambands.com. When asked about rumors that he has been working on a project with John Mayer, Weir stated “There’s nothing I can say about that right now.”
Additionally, Weir discussed the documentary film The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir, which premieres on Netflix on May 22, saying, “A producer friend of mine approached me and said, ‘Listen, I want to make a documentary on you and your life and times.’ He convinced me that there was a story there, and the thought process was that it gets me off the hook for having to sit still long enough to write a book for at least a year or two. [Laughs] So I rose to that bait.”
On the subject of his preparations for this summer’s Fare The Well shows, Weir said, “We’ve been having little get togethers. The whole thing hasn’t come together yet, but it will soon.”
Kreutzmann gave us a few words on his Fare The Well preparations as well. The drummer noted that he had been given an unofficial list of songs for the shows before adding. “I go through and I pick out songs that are harder than other songs and I just learn those. I take them home, put on ear phones at my drum set at my little studio at home. Then sit and go over until I’ve got them again. See if you don’t play music—no matter how you used to play—if you haven’t played it for a long time, you have to go over it. It’s not like riding a bike.”
Kreutzmann also talked about his new Voodoo Dead project with Steve Kimock, Keller Williams, Dave Schools and Jeff Chimenti. The drummer said that he “enjoyed playing with that band a lot” in New Orleans, and that both Voodoo Dead and his new Billy & The Kids project were groups that he “wants to work with as much a possible.”
In addition, Kreutzmann shared a few thoughts on his new memoir Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs with the Grateful Dead. The drummer—who co-authored the book with music writer Benjy Eisen—explained that, he “felt good writing the book. It took us three-and-a-half years, but I’m glad it’s over. I don’t have to tell all those stories late at night anymore with friends. It’s all compiled in one place.”