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.
Do not have Sirrus, nor will I pay for it just to listen to one station, I know many of you are waiting for this, happy for you. I'll keep waiting for Rhino to throw me a bone. Keep jamming Amreica.
I too am a bit depressed by the decision to have this material available only on SIRIUS (I'm also an XM subscriber). It was rumored back in January that SIRIUS and XM wanted to merge companies as neither has shown a profit since starting up. To my knowledge, the FCC is still reviewing the proposed merger, but no decision is expected until November/December. It would be a great Christmas present to see this rumor become fact. However, as the recent past would seemingly indicate, the availability of Grateful Dead studio and soundboard recordings comes at a price, and is available only from the hand that feeds (specifically Rhino). While I respect everyone's position regarding the value of these materials, that value diminishes as the fan base ages and the materials become less and less available. How hard does one keep looking for something that does not exist? I don't know. I do know that I own every Dick's Picks ever produced, countless hours of CDs from archive.org (before the soundboards went to streaming only), and all of the Tapers Section materials that were ever available for download. I will now take the time to enjoy the music I now possess much more than the anticipation, hunting, hoping and waiting for that unknown and unnamed something Rhino keeps promising but likely will never deliver.
There are no new shows to attend, and there are none being released to provide that anticipatory smile I have always associated with new Grateful Dead music. It's a shame, but all great things come to an end.
SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2007: a day that shalt live in history.... Hope it's loadable...... Someone let me know, K?
I have had both xm and sirius and I think both of them are great services.
For fans of jam band type music, I think Sirius is the choice though. Channel 17 (Jam On) plays a ton of great stuff; dead, SCI, WP, phish, govt. mule, etc. I thought the music channels on xm were a little inferior when it came to this kinda music, though I think their country selection is better than sirius...
All that being said, I am looking forward to the GDC quite a bit. The catalogue is so big, it will be interesting to hear "the mix of tunes the DJ's come up with."
I think it might be interesting if they did a version of the Taper's Section every day; one hour a day, they play some cuts from shows from that day in history... me likey....
And yeah, I'm pretty sure people will be saving a lot of the content to their hard drive. Sirius has a few different models that allow mp3 encoding...
Bummer. I have XM and love it, and I'm not switching for this channel. Too bad it is "exclusive." At least before we got David G.'s show on XM. Plus, despite my love for the GOGD I really don't like this idea of entire channels dedicated to one artist or band. One of my favorite things about XM is the mix of tunes the DJ's come up with. As long as they remember to play the Dead, I enjoy the exposure to other bands and new music. Oh well, good luck to the Davids.
Maybe the new tapers will be trading shows from the GDC.