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.
I've been slapppppped in the head, I love it
the drums bit is amazing! 10.41pm
I Have almost every cd but I get so over whelmed on what to pick so now i can sit back enjoy the the sounds with out the stress of picking
I've been listening to this channel all day yesterday and today and I'm so happy! The song selections, the show selections, the Behind the Mic thing with Bobby, and David Lemieux's This Day In Dead History... it's all so good! There has obviously been a lot of thought put behind this channel and it shows. This is really high quality.
The show I'm listening to right now is 9/22/93 and I'm loving it! I've never paid much attention to 93, but now I know a little better.... If I have any gripes about the channel so far, it would be that last night I heard a couple of times where they played a vocal promo right over a jam. But I haven't heard that today, so maybe it was just a glitch.
I gotta give props to everyone involved... this is great stuff.
And in terms of sound quality, it sounds so clear and crisp compared to standard radio! Even the aud that they played to launch the channel sounded great. I wish there was a website or an email to request shows to be played... I know they want us to call in, but I'm not so inclined to call in to radio shows...
I feel like I've been waiting for this channel ever since I first became a fan!
and listening to the dead on siruis at 10 pm, what a great thing!
9/22/93 wow good stuff
I just can't get enough. I no longer have to turn on the radio and hope to here some DEAD. Now it's at my disposal. Always something new, something I haven't heard, or maybe I have. Either way, it's very refreshing. I hope it continues for years to come. I just don't know what else to say. The Dead familly are really going all out. From this awesome site, since it's new incarnation, to Sirius radio, you have to admit, the family is always trying to keep us "Heads" happy. They're doing a great job. Thanks. What other musical family does this for it's fans? I'm sure other bands do it, but not like the DEAD. Just another reason to enjoy the life.
I spent a good portion of yesterday listening to the official debut of the new station. I am very, very impressed. It is a great mix of live material (a great "Hey Bo Diddley" from The Strand Lyceum 5/23/72 that blew me away - from Steppin Out), some studio stuff, music from all the dead solo/ side projects, and other bands doing covers of dead songs. Lots of fans call in with requests with stories of their dead experiences. There are clips of interviews, David Lemieux has a top of the hour piece 3X a day called "Today In Grateful Dead History" calling out sick jams that occurred on this day. Great rare stuff. There is something like 3 full shows everyday. You really can't ask for anything more in a radio station. Oh yeah, and there are NO COMMERCIALs. I hope they keep it up.
If you do not have it yet, I would recommend getting it. It is really that great.
Oh yeah, Hasn't someone thought to put the Sirius dog inside the Steal Your Face logo? Maybe I'll make one myself...
That's all I can say. Besides the GD channel, football fans get total NFL coverage including radio feeds from BOTH teams for EVERY game. Regarding some of the earlier posts about rather having releases we can purchase instead of a deadicated channel, why not both? I'm in my truck 10-12-14 hrs a day, and there is always time for a CD, or some GD channel, or some Howard Stern, or some Ferrall at night. Choice is good. Enjoy!
Was great to hear Hollywood Bowl '74 (I think I was there)!
Tonight Mountain View '91 (I know I was there)
My first concert was 1967, Golden Gate Park.....for free!
And now with Sirius, it's free again!!
Heard Mr. Ken Nordine doing promo's, which are quaintly injected into the rolling groovy stream! What a set of pipes...