The band that put 250,000 people to sleep at Woodstock in 1969.
John Fogerty in a Rolling Stone interview: "Creedence had to follow the Grateful Dead. I was like, 'Great, we get to follow the band that just put 250,000 people to sleep. I remember seeing one guy a quarter mile away from the stage with a lighter yelling, 'We're with you, John' so I played our set for that guy."
by Oh Welles September 08, 2006
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A rock band from the time when rock was real and pure.
Hippies who encouraged drug use that, although they did not encourage hippie movement, obviously moved it down the right path.
Their name originates with a mid-southern European belief in the grateful dead-- Men whose spirits were ill-at-ease until someone buried them properly. The spirits often rewarded their helper with wishes, money, and worldly goods.
Rock on, Jerry!
Grateful Dead FROCKS!
by Merit May 16, 2004
And so what if it isn't a real definition? You can't define them.

If my agnostic\athiestic ass worshipped something, it would most definitely be the Grateful Dead. For all you hippie-haters, I say, DAMN YOU. So what if they were stoners and whatnot? They produced some damn good music, and you'd probably agree if you'd actually listen to it.
Thank you, Jerry, for a real good time.
by Leiko October 03, 2004
An American band, heavily influenced by psychedelia. Formed in 1965, from the remnants of a different band, "Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions". They were best known for their unique style, which oftened encompasses many different styles of music, including rock, folk music, blues, bluegrass, jazz, and country. They started their career as The Warlocks, in Palo Alto, soon moving to San Francisco. The original line-up of the Dead, as they were called by die-hard fans, were Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan. In later years, they gained many additional members, including Mickey Hart, Tom Constanten, Keith Godchaux, Donna Jean Godchaux, Brent Mydland, Vince Welnick, and soundman Owsley "Bear" Stanley. One thing the Grateful Dead were famous for, other then their unique sound was their live sound. Nobody of their time could compare. The Grateful Dead were also famous for their sound system, nicknamed the Wall of Sound, which was specially designed for them, and was totally unique.
The Grateful Dead was split up shortly after the death of Garcia in 1995. Some of them toured together under the name "The Other Ones", but mostly, they retired to solo projects, the most well known of which are Bob Weir's Ratdog, and Phil Lesh and Friends.
Stoner: Hey man, wanna go see the Grateful Dead?
Stoner 2: Sure, just let me grab some joints.
by Your Face is Lame September 24, 2005
The fucking sickest band ever to form. Jerry Garcia> best vocals, we miss you man. Some crazy songs: CHINACAT SUNFLOWER, WHARF RAT, CASSIDY, SHAKEDOWN STREET, and every other single motherfuckin one because they are all so fucking insane! Life blows without Live Dead.
"Holy shit man, Bob Wier's comin to the state!"
"Right on, right on. It's a shame he's the only Dead man there. Fuck it man, it'll be sweet, pass the ganj."

<capitalists lick balls>
by abby THE SHIT nichols May 30, 2005
Only the COOLEST rock band ever to grace the face of the earth. Forever Jerry. ROCK ON BOB!
Hippie #1: I am going to see the Grateful Dead in concert soon.
Hippie #2: Cool can I go?
Hippie #1: Sure.
Hippie #2: Let's get stoned!
Hippie #1: At the concert!
by deadhead May 31, 2004
The all time greatest band ever! Listen to the live version of ANY of their songs and you will see the grateness that is the grateful dead.
Lately it occurs to me, what a long strang trip it's been
-Truckin'
by Will C June 23, 2005
Orginal Members:
Jerry Garcia
Bob Weir
Phil Lesh
Bill Kreutzman
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan
The Warlocks is the original name of the Grateful Dead
by Olo February 04, 2005

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