Grateful Dead Channel Launches Exclusively on Sirius
Highly anticipated channel will feature original radio shows hosted by members of the band, rare concert performances and insider interviews.
NEW YORK – August 29, 2007 – SIRIUS Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced the launch of the highly anticipated Grateful Dead Channel. Heard exclusively on SIRIUS, the channel will feature music spanning the Grateful Dead’s long and celebrated history. The channel will include rare and unreleased performances, original shows hosted by Grateful Dead founders Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, as well as rare archival interviews with Jerry Garcia.
The Grateful Dead Channel will make its debut on September 7 at 12 pm ET on SIRIUS channel 32 with an extremely rare concert broadcast of the band’s 1974 performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. This performance will be followed by a special show hosted by Bob Weir, the first by a member of the Grateful Dead on the new channel. The channel will also feature contributions from Grateful Dead expert David Gans, as well as Dead archivist David Lemieux, who will provide a unique look into the Dead’s lush past with daily insights.
"Since we announced the launch of the Grateful Dead Channel, it has become one of the most anticipated music channel launches in our history.” said Scott Greenstein, President, Entertainment and Sports, SIRIUS. “The loyalty and passion of Grateful Dead fans are the truest testament to the band’s legacy. Sirius is thrilled to bring exclusive content to this community and welcomes their continued participation as Sirius becomes part of the Grateful Dead family.”
“This is gonna be one fun channel,” said the Dead’s Bob Weir. “We, the guys in the band, get to be involved as much as we can and we'll make sure it's fun. We want the fans to be involved as well.”
The Grateful Dead formed in mid 1960’s San Francisco’s psychedelia and quickly became a staple in the local music scene. The historic summer of 1967, known as ‘The Summer of Love,’ is when the band first found world wide recognition as thousands of young people from around-the-world made their way to San Francisco’s Haight and Ashbury district to find a new social experience. The Dead, well-known for constantly touring, kept the experience alive for another three decades with a devoted community of fans, many of whom traveled the country with them.
The Grateful Dead Channel joins an exclusive line up of 24-hour, commercial-free music channels dedicated entirely to some of the world's greatest recording artists including Elvis Radio, the world's only official, all-Elvis Presley radio channel broadcasting live from Graceland; and Siriusly Sinatra, devoted to the music and legacy of Frank Sinatra. SIRIUS has previously dedicated channels exclusively to the music of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Rolling Stones, David Gilmour and Pink Floyd, George Strait, and most recently, The Who. SIRIUS is also the exclusive radio home of Shade 45, the uncut hip-hop channel co-created with Eminem, "Little Steven" Van Zandt's Underground Garage, channel 25, and Jimmy Buffett's Radio Margaritaville, channel 31.
Ya know, I did question the repeating of shows as well. Sup with that? Other than that, the station is killer. In the mean time gotta catch the Rat Dog shows. Penn's Peak Pa was an awesome venue. Just go the tix for Albany. Hope to see ya there--Nov 3. Always loved seeing the Dead up there. Haven't been back since. Very pumped.
I'm as jacked as the next guy about the GD channel on Sirius, but do we REALLY have to (or want to) hear a barely audible recording of Hollywood Bowl '74 every few days? I thought the selection of this recording was questionable at best for the debut last week, then I hear it being played again this evening (Thurs, 9/13), and the sound quality has not gotten any better. C'mon, there's GOTTA be some quality SBDs in the vault that can be aired, it's a little early in the channel's life to start repeating shows, isn't it? Tell you what, I've got about 550 hrs of quality in my collection, I will be happy to lend you some till you get this radio thing figured out. Other than that, I love the channel!
I got Sirius earlier this summer after becoming bored with the XM programing and Jam On(Sirius) was the main reason for that switch. Now that the GD channel up and running, I have not listened to anything else. They have been playing a very good assortment of music and have selected some mighty fine complete shows to air. Over Labor Day weekend they did extended jams all weekend (extended weekend special). I am as happy as a clam.... Dead 24-7.
I was given Sirus 2 years ago to listen to Howard Stern, ...then came the Dead. This was the best gift I every got!!!!! It ROCKS!!!! I listen all the time, at work, at home and I toggle back & forth between the two. I couldn't have wished for anything more!
Let's here some more input folks. I've been looking forward to reading everyones comments. Give's me something to do--break away from work.
What suggestions would anyone have for the station. I would like to here special segments, like "A Brent Hour" where all they play is Brent songs. Or cover tunes. ie:" Dead doing the Stones, Beattles ect... Rare encore's. I don't know, just a thought.
Im sorry for all my bros and sisters who have XM but, man this new dead station is AWESOME!! Im totally addicted to sirius radio. It seems like everyday I hear something on the station that makes me dig through all my hundreds of bootleg tapes (thats right, old school baby!) looking for shows Id long displaced in my mind, and dusting them off just one more time for another great ride. VIVA LA SIRIUS
GRATEFUL DEAD CONCERT RECORDINGS
The Grateful Dead Channel will air full-length concert recordings three times a day: a 3 am, noon and 9 pm (all times ET). Here are the next performances:
9/7 @ 9 pm ET: 8/16/91 Mountain View, CA
9/8 @ 3 am ET: 2/27/69 San Francisco, CA
9/8 @ noon ET: 11/2/79 Uniondale, NY
9/8 @ 9 pm ET: 9/22/93 New York, NY
9/8 @ 9 pm ET: 9/22/93 New York, NY
9/9 @ 3 am ET: 7/21/74 Hollywood, CA
9/9 @ Noon ET: 10/31/87 New York, NY (Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band)
9/9 @ 9 pm ET: 2/27/69 San Francisco, CA
9/10 @ 3 am ET: 8/16/91 Mountain View, CA
9/10 @ Noon ET: 2/27/69 San Francisco, CA
9/10 @ 9 pm ET: 6/14/91 Washington, DC
Listen for archival interviews with members of The Grateful Dead Saturdays at 10 am ET and Sundays at 8 pm ET, and catch Today In Grateful Dead History every day at 7 am, 11 am and 7 pm ET.
What a killer show! I wasn't sure if they would be playing all four sets, but sure enough we heard all four!
On the sirius page they list which full shows are going to be played, but I would love it if they also showed what jams are being picked for the Day in Dead History bit... 'cause so far they've been epic!
I've been listening to a Jerry show from 10/31/87, N.Y.C. all day. Great choice. Jerry was on this day, sound + song selection. Very enjoyable show to listen pool side. It's hot here in Pa. Having some cold ones, hanging w/kids by pool and listen to this station. Keep it going!!!!!!!!!!
I am enjoying the channel so much!! I had hoped it would be good...had no idea it would be THIS good!!! It's gonna be nice to see how the channel evolves, but so far...excellent!!!