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On 25th Anniversary Bob Weir, Micky Hart & Phil Lesh Of The GRATEFUL DEAD Shed Light On In The Dark 'InTheStudio'
On 25th Anniversary Bob Weir, Micky Hart & Phil Lesh Of The GRATEFUL DEAD Shed Light On In The Dark 'InTheStudio'
Mark Fischer  8/10/2012

Dallas, TX - Aug 7, 2012. North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands gets a rare peek into the world of one of America's iconic musical treasures, the Grateful Dead. From their inception in 1965's San Francisico Haight/Ashbury district, the Grateful Dead were highly prolific writers and released many albums through 1980, even releasing two classics in one year, American Beauty and Workingman's Dead in 1970. But as the 1980s rolled on, the band experienced a dry spell on new material and studio releases, choosing instead to focus on touring. By 1986 however, it was apparent that the dry spell had become a full- fledged creative drought. Adding injury to insult midway through the decade, Grateful Dead singer/songwriter/lead guitarist Jerry Garcia went into a coma from undiagnosed diabetes and almost died. So the album In The Dark, that emerged in July 1987 was truly the resurrection of the Dead, becoming the band's top-seller ever. 'InTheStudio' host Redbeard asks Bob Weir, Micky Hart and Phil Lesh why the Dead went almost seven years without releasing a studio album prior to 1987's In The Dark, and Bob Weir explains:

"We never got around to it. We were on the road so much just to keep our noses above water and (it was) kinda, what we were robotized into doing I think... We did go into the studio a couple of times and it wasn't our best period. Jerry wasn't in his best health at that particular point, for instance. You know when we would go into the studio we wouldn't get much of anywhere. They were pretty sleepy sessions."

Micky Hart: "Yeah, we spent 30 days if I remember correctly." (working in the studio) Phil Lesh: "We didn't get anything. Anything. We didn't get anything."

The Grateful Dead 'In The Dark'/ InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/grateful-dead-in-dark-25th-anniversary/

To hear this program on a station near you, visit: http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/

Direct Link to Grateful Dead: http://www.dead.net


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