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Grateful Dead Pay Tribute to Bill Walton: Dubbed the ‘Ultimate Deadhead’

BySamantha Nguyen

May 28, 2024
Grateful Dead Pay Tribute to Bill Walton: Dubbed the ‘Ultimate Deadhead’

The surviving members of the Grateful Dead paid tribute to Bill Walton, the NBA Hall of Famer and beloved Deadhead who died at 71 from cancer. The band’s offshoot Dead & Company shared a statement on social media, expressing their sorrow and honoring Walton’s memory. They described him as an “irreplaceable force and spirit in our family,” highlighting his deep love for the band and attending over 1,000 shows. The members also recognized him as “Father Time” and “Rhythm Devil”, underlining his impact on their lives and music.

Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann also shared their own heartfelt statements about Walton. Weir thanked him for the friendship and memories they shared, along with his colorful commentary and Hall of Fame presence. He posted photos with Walton and reminisced about the good times they had together. Hart described Walton as the best friend he ever had and emphasized his importance in their lives. He shared a touching message that Walton had sent them regularly after their shows, expressing gratitude for the music that shaped his life.

Kreutzmann revealed that Walton had asked him to share certain stories only after his passing, hinting at the deep connection they shared. He expressed his grief over Walton’s death and described him as their number one fan. Kreutzmann reminisced about the special seat in the audience where Walton would always stand, feeling the music and sharing that moment with him. He ended his tribute with a farewell message, wishing Walton a safe journey home and expressing his love for him. The members of the Grateful Dead remembered Walton as not only a fan, but a close friend who enriched their lives with his presence.

By Samantha Nguyen

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