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After much speculation, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin confirmed that the popular book series and HBO show is certainly in part inspired by the Grateful Dead. In an interview with New York's 92nd Street Y, Martin, who calls his home "Terrapin Station," said that he's "certainly a fan" of the band when being asked about references to lyrics and song titles in his work. Tunes like "Dire Wolf," "Dark Star" and others have all been name-checked in past works and of course there is the "Weirwood Tree."

However, it is Martin's wife Paris that is the bigger fan in the family. "My wife Paris is perhaps more of a fan of the Grateful Dead than I am," he said. Martin continued, "I have Grateful Dead lyrics rattling around in my head all the time. 'Ripple' is one of my favorite songs of all time." He then went on to quote the tune's lyrics, "There is a road, no simple highway."

Watch the full video here.

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George R.R. Martin Confirms Grateful Dead References in ‘Game of Thrones’

May 04, 2015
After much speculation, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin confirmed that the popular book series and HBO show is certainly in part inspired by the Grateful Dead. In an interview...

After much speculation, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin confirmed that the popular book series and HBO show is certainly in part inspired by the Grateful Dead. In an interview with New York's 92nd Street Y, Martin, who calls his home "Terrapin Station," said that he's "certainly a fan" of the band when being asked about references to lyrics and song titles in his work. Tunes like "Dire Wolf," "Dark Star" and others have all been name-checked in past works and of course there is the "Weirwood Tree."

However, it is Martin's wife Paris that is the bigger fan in the family. "My wife Paris is perhaps more of a fan of the Grateful Dead than I am," he said. Martin continued, "I have Grateful Dead lyrics rattling around in my head all the time. 'Ripple' is one of my favorite songs of all time." He then went on to quote the tune's lyrics, "There is a road, no simple highway."

Watch the full video here.

After being hospitalized with what paramedics deemed a minor heart attack, B.B. King is back home in Las Vegas receiving home hospice care. A message on his Facebook page confirmed the move.

"Mr. King is where he wishes to be," longtime business manager Laverne Toney told Associated Press. "He's always told me he doesn't want to be in a hospital. He wants to be at home." Toney also disputed reports that King's daughter Patty King called the police after Toney refused to take the guitar legend to the hospital. King also accused the manager of withholding medication and other negligent treatment of the 89-year-old.

Paramedics treating King for complications of high blood pressure and diabetes, for which he was diagnosed months ago.

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B.B. King Receiving Home Hospice Care After Minor Heart Attack

May 04, 2015
After being hospitalized with what paramedics deemed a minor heart attack, B.B. King is back home in Las Vegas receiving home hospice care. A message on his Facebook page confirmed the...

After being hospitalized with what paramedics deemed a minor heart attack, B.B. King is back home in Las Vegas receiving home hospice care. A message on his Facebook page confirmed the move.

"Mr. King is where he wishes to be," longtime business manager Laverne Toney told Associated Press. "He's always told me he doesn't want to be in a hospital. He wants to be at home." Toney also disputed reports that King's daughter Patty King called the police after Toney refused to take the guitar legend to the hospital. King also accused the manager of withholding medication and other negligent treatment of the 89-year-old.

Paramedics treating King for complications of high blood pressure and diabetes, for which he was diagnosed months ago.

Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King was admitted back into the hospital yesterday, according to a local Las Vegas report. King's daughter, Patty, said her father wasn't eating and was dehydrated, so she took him to the hospital for observation.

Paramedics ran tests and determined that King might have suffered a minor heart attack. The 89-year-old was released and returned home later in the evening.

A separate report by TMZ suggests that King's daughter was forced to call the police yesterday over a dispute with King's longtime manager Laverne Toney, who refused to let King take her father to the hospital. Responding officers called in paramedics, who agreed the musician needed to be checked out by doctors.

Patty and her husband also filed a police report last November claiming elder abuse and burglary, accusing Toney and her assistant of stealing $20-30 million from B.B., withholding medication and more.

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B.B. King Hospitalized, Paramedics Say He May Have Had Minor Heart Attack

May 01, 2015
Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King was admitted back into the hospital yesterday, according to a local Las Vegas report. King's daughter, Patty, said her father wasn't eating and was...

Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King was admitted back into the hospital yesterday, according to a local Las Vegas report. King's daughter, Patty, said her father wasn't eating and was dehydrated, so she took him to the hospital for observation.

Paramedics ran tests and determined that King might have suffered a minor heart attack. The 89-year-old was released and returned home later in the evening.

A separate report by TMZ suggests that King's daughter was forced to call the police yesterday over a dispute with King's longtime manager Laverne Toney, who refused to let King take her father to the hospital. Responding officers called in paramedics, who agreed the musician needed to be checked out by doctors.

Patty and her husband also filed a police report last November claiming elder abuse and burglary, accusing Toney and her assistant of stealing $20-30 million from B.B., withholding medication and more.

Burlington, VT jamband Strangefolk will play a trio of shows at Garcia's at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY slated for June 4-6.

The three-night run will find the band play a more intimate run at the venue as they have taken the main stage several times including during their 2012 reunion run as well as an opening slot for Blues Traveler, among others. Strangefolk will also appear at Lockn' Festival later this summer.

"Celebrating three nights at Garcia's is our chance to pay a small tribute to the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary shows this summer," Strangefolk's Jon Trafton told Relix. "It's also an opportunity for us to connect with each other and our fans and take a deep dive into our repertoire. What better way to do that than playing three nights at Garcia's? Needless to say, we jumped at the opportunity. I can speak for everyone in the band in saying we can't wait to settle in and cut loose."

Tickets are available via the Capitol Theater website.

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Strangefolk Announce Three Night Run at Garcia’s

May 01, 2015
Burlington, VT jamband Strangefolk will play a trio of shows at Garcia's at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY slated for June 4-6. The three-night run will find the band play a...

Burlington, VT jamband Strangefolk will play a trio of shows at Garcia's at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY slated for June 4-6.

The three-night run will find the band play a more intimate run at the venue as they have taken the main stage several times including during their 2012 reunion run as well as an opening slot for Blues Traveler, among others. Strangefolk will also appear at Lockn' Festival later this summer.

"Celebrating three nights at Garcia's is our chance to pay a small tribute to the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary shows this summer," Strangefolk's Jon Trafton told Relix. "It's also an opportunity for us to connect with each other and our fans and take a deep dive into our repertoire. What better way to do that than playing three nights at Garcia's? Needless to say, we jumped at the opportunity. I can speak for everyone in the band in saying we can't wait to settle in and cut loose."

Tickets are available via the Capitol Theater website.

The second lineup for the Phil Lesh & Friends performance at this year's Lockn' Festival will feature special guest Santana sitting in throughout the set. The core lineup will feature Warren Haynes along with Barry Sless, Rob Barraco and John Molo flanking Lesh. This lineup joins the previously announced Friends lineup featuring members of Chris Robinson Brotherhood like Robinson, Neal Casal, Adam MacDougall, Eric Krasno and Tony Leone.

Santana was a recurring guest with the Grateful Dead over the course of their career, and will make his Lockn' debut in Lesh's band. Below, watch Santana join the band on January 26, 1993 at the Oakland Coliseum for a take on "Stella Blue."

In a reflective piece on Jerry Garcia, Santana recounted one of his first encounters with the guitarist, saying, "I was playing 'Chim Chim Cherie' – Mary Poppins – in “Jingo” [at the Panhandle, a block-wide extension of Golden Gate Park]. I closed my eyes to take a solo, and when I opened them, there were two people in front of me, Jerry Garcia and Michael Bloomfield, and they were just laughing. But it was laughter of approval. It was like, I’m the new kid on the block, and to my supreme delight, they liked what they were hearing. When Jerry was laughing like that, and Michael Bloomfield, it validated my existence right out of high school, that I could do this, that I could be part of this musician brotherhood thing … I went home like, ‘Damn! These guys like me!"

Tickets for Lockn' Festival are available here.

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Santana to Guest with Phil Lesh & Friends at Lockn’

by Rob Slater on April 30, 2015
The second lineup for the Phil Lesh & Friends performance at this year's Lockn' Festival will feature special guest Santana sitting in throughout the set. The core lineup will feature...

The second lineup for the Phil Lesh & Friends performance at this year's Lockn' Festival will feature special guest Santana sitting in throughout the set. The core lineup will feature Warren Haynes along with Barry Sless, Rob Barraco and John Molo flanking Lesh. This lineup joins the previously announced Friends lineup featuring members of Chris Robinson Brotherhood like Robinson, Neal Casal, Adam MacDougall, Eric Krasno and Tony Leone.

Santana was a recurring guest with the Grateful Dead over the course of their career, and will make his Lockn' debut in Lesh's band. Below, watch Santana join the band on January 26, 1993 at the Oakland Coliseum for a take on "Stella Blue."

In a reflective piece on Jerry Garcia, Santana recounted one of his first encounters with the guitarist, saying, "I was playing 'Chim Chim Cherie' – Mary Poppins – in “Jingo” [at the Panhandle, a block-wide extension of Golden Gate Park]. I closed my eyes to take a solo, and when I opened them, there were two people in front of me, Jerry Garcia and Michael Bloomfield, and they were just laughing. But it was laughter of approval. It was like, I’m the new kid on the block, and to my supreme delight, they liked what they were hearing. When Jerry was laughing like that, and Michael Bloomfield, it validated my existence right out of high school, that I could do this, that I could be part of this musician brotherhood thing … I went home like, ‘Damn! These guys like me!"

Tickets for Lockn' Festival are available here.

UPDATED:
According to Joni Mitchell's official website, she is not in a coma. A statement posted on the site this evening reads:
Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital - but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected. The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her longtime friend Leslie Morris the authority - in the absence of 24-hour doctor care - to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital. As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight. Please continue to keep Joni in your thoughts. You may add your well wishes for her at the website WeLoveYouJoni.com
Earlier today, TMZ reported that it had obtained a document that indicated Mitchell was in a coma with no immediate prospects of getting better. We are relieved to hear that this is not the case.
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Joni Mitchell is Not in a Coma

April 28, 2015
UPDATED: According to Joni Mitchell's official website, she is not in a coma. A statement posted on the site this evening reads: Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet...

UPDATED:
According to Joni Mitchell's official website, she is not in a coma. A statement posted on the site this evening reads:
Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital - but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected. The document obtained by a certain media outlet simply gives her longtime friend Leslie Morris the authority - in the absence of 24-hour doctor care - to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital. As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight. Please continue to keep Joni in your thoughts. You may add your well wishes for her at the website WeLoveYouJoni.com
Earlier today, TMZ reported that it had obtained a document that indicated Mitchell was in a coma with no immediate prospects of getting better. We are relieved to hear that this is not the case.

This weekend in Las Vegas, Umphrey's McGee will bring the sixth annual UMBowl event to the newly opened Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. To celebrate the occasion, the venue will host the UMBowling Tournament on May 2 beginning at 12:30 PM.

Teams can be 5-8 players with a $75 entry fee per team. Only one ticket needs to be purchased per team. There will be two games total, and the winning teams will be selected based on cumulative score. After each game the top five scores per team will be added together for that team's score. After both rounds, the team with the highest cumulative score will win.

The first place team will win a $300 food and drink credit, access to a box during Saturday night's show, a Relix and Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas prize pack, show poster and TWO tickets to the 2016 UMBowl. The team in second place will also win a box during Saturday's show and a Relix/Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas prize pack. The highest individual bowler will win TWO passes to Summer Camp Festival 2015.

Relix is also proud to present the Wizard Burial Brunch, which finds the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas menu reimagined with an Umphrey's McGee theme to celebrate the band's return to Las Vegas. Check out the menu below and join us on Saturday, May 2 for the brunch beginning at noon.

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Win UMBowl Tickets, Summer Camp Festival Passes at UMBowl VI Bowling Tournament

April 28, 2015
This weekend in Las Vegas, Umphrey's McGee will bring the sixth annual UMBowl event to the newly opened Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. To celebrate the occasion, the venue will host the UMBowling...

This weekend in Las Vegas, Umphrey's McGee will bring the sixth annual UMBowl event to the newly opened Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. To celebrate the occasion, the venue will host the UMBowling Tournament on May 2 beginning at 12:30 PM.

Teams can be 5-8 players with a $75 entry fee per team. Only one ticket needs to be purchased per team. There will be two games total, and the winning teams will be selected based on cumulative score. After each game the top five scores per team will be added together for that team's score. After both rounds, the team with the highest cumulative score will win.

The first place team will win a $300 food and drink credit, access to a box during Saturday night's show, a Relix and Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas prize pack, show poster and TWO tickets to the 2016 UMBowl. The team in second place will also win a box during Saturday's show and a Relix/Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas prize pack. The highest individual bowler will win TWO passes to Summer Camp Festival 2015.

Relix is also proud to present the Wizard Burial Brunch, which finds the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas menu reimagined with an Umphrey's McGee theme to celebrate the band's return to Las Vegas. Check out the menu below and join us on Saturday, May 2 for the brunch beginning at noon.

Ryan Adams kicked off his two-night run at the historic Ryman Auditorium last night in Nashville, TN. The singer-songwriter deviated from his setlist with several rarities and a special guest spot including an appearance from Jason Isbell and his wife Amanda Shires as well as opener Natalie Prass.

Prass first joined the fold for a cover of "She's Like the Wind" from the film Dirty Dancing, which Adams covered once before earlier this year. Isbell then came out a few songs later to add electric guitar to "Oh My Sweet Carolina." Isbell, Shires and Adams then took to the mic at the front of the stage for an intimate rendition of the Whiskeytown track "Jacksonville Skyline," which Isbell has covered several times before. Adams himself hasn't performed the song since 2012.

Additional highlights from the show included a Cardinals tune "The End," which hadn't been played by Adams since 2012. The Love is Hell track "Political Scientist" also made an appearance in the set for the first time since October of last year.

Watch "Oh My Sweet Carolina" with Isbell and the intimate "Jacksonville Skyline" with Isbell and Shires below. Adams returns to The Ryman tonight.

"Oh My Sweet Carolina"

"Jacksonville Skyline"

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Ryan Adams Welcomes Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires at The Ryman

April 28, 2015
Ryan Adams kicked off his two-night run at the historic Ryman Auditorium last night in Nashville, TN. The singer-songwriter deviated from his setlist with several rarities and a special...

Ryan Adams kicked off his two-night run at the historic Ryman Auditorium last night in Nashville, TN. The singer-songwriter deviated from his setlist with several rarities and a special guest spot including an appearance from Jason Isbell and his wife Amanda Shires as well as opener Natalie Prass.

Prass first joined the fold for a cover of "She's Like the Wind" from the film Dirty Dancing, which Adams covered once before earlier this year. Isbell then came out a few songs later to add electric guitar to "Oh My Sweet Carolina." Isbell, Shires and Adams then took to the mic at the front of the stage for an intimate rendition of the Whiskeytown track "Jacksonville Skyline," which Isbell has covered several times before. Adams himself hasn't performed the song since 2012.

Additional highlights from the show included a Cardinals tune "The End," which hadn't been played by Adams since 2012. The Love is Hell track "Political Scientist" also made an appearance in the set for the first time since October of last year.

Watch "Oh My Sweet Carolina" with Isbell and the intimate "Jacksonville Skyline" with Isbell and Shires below. Adams returns to The Ryman tonight.

"Oh My Sweet Carolina"

"Jacksonville Skyline"

It's no secret that John Mayer and Bob Weir have spent some time together recently, but now Billboard is reporting that a fall tour featuring the two guitarists could take place. While a rep told Billboard that it's "premature" to suggest any such outing is being planned, another source told the publication that "it sounds like RatDog, the sequel."

Billboard reports that the tour is slated to kick off in October and Mayer has been jamming with Weir in a "rehearsal-like setting." Read the full description from the article below.

Speaking to multiple sources, Billboard has learned that a fall tour featuring John Mayer is in the works. According to insiders, the trek is due to kick off in October, with the Grammy-winning singer and guitarist having already begun to jam in a rehearsal-like setting with select members of the group, chief among them Weir. Observers say he's ecstatic about the prospect. A rep for the band tells Billboard that it's "premature" to suggest any such outing is being planned.

Weir recently visited with Mayer when he filled in for Craig Ferguson as a guest host on The Late Late Show. The two collaborated musically, along with an interview, for renditions of "Truckin'" and "Althea." They were also both recently spotted hanging out at Coachella watching Ryan Adams' set.

In a new interview with Billboard, Relix publisher Peter Shapiro commented on the rumors, saying, "There’s nothing more coming. I think you will see each of these guys continuing to do creative, cool things. Sometimes one or two may do something together. What you won’t see is the four surviving members together saying goodbye in this kind of way. This is it. Chicago is the end, and Santa Clara is leading into the end. But like a great Dead tune, it will evolve and they will wander around on their own.”

NEWS

Bob Weir and John Mayer Reportedly Working Together

April 24, 2015
It's no secret that John Mayer and Bob Weir have spent some time together recently, but now Billboard is reporting that a fall tour featuring the two guitarists could take place. While a...

It's no secret that John Mayer and Bob Weir have spent some time together recently, but now Billboard is reporting that a fall tour featuring the two guitarists could take place. While a rep told Billboard that it's "premature" to suggest any such outing is being planned, another source told the publication that "it sounds like RatDog, the sequel."

Billboard reports that the tour is slated to kick off in October and Mayer has been jamming with Weir in a "rehearsal-like setting." Read the full description from the article below.

Speaking to multiple sources, Billboard has learned that a fall tour featuring John Mayer is in the works. According to insiders, the trek is due to kick off in October, with the Grammy-winning singer and guitarist having already begun to jam in a rehearsal-like setting with select members of the group, chief among them Weir. Observers say he's ecstatic about the prospect. A rep for the band tells Billboard that it's "premature" to suggest any such outing is being planned.

Weir recently visited with Mayer when he filled in for Craig Ferguson as a guest host on The Late Late Show. The two collaborated musically, along with an interview, for renditions of "Truckin'" and "Althea." They were also both recently spotted hanging out at Coachella watching Ryan Adams' set.

In a new interview with Billboard, Relix publisher Peter Shapiro commented on the rumors, saying, "There’s nothing more coming. I think you will see each of these guys continuing to do creative, cool things. Sometimes one or two may do something together. What you won’t see is the four surviving members together saying goodbye in this kind of way. This is it. Chicago is the end, and Santa Clara is leading into the end. But like a great Dead tune, it will evolve and they will wander around on their own.”

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the members of My Morning Jacket discussed a variety of topics including their new album The Waterfall, due out May 4. The band also dished on performing with Bob Weir initially during the Americanarama tour which led to several other collaborations.

On the tour, the band says they were disappointed in the lack of collaboration with Bob Dylan. "It was pitched to us like, 'There are gonna be lots of collaborations, and Bob wants to play with you guys,' " says guitarist Carl Broemel. "That didn't happen." Ultimately, Weir joined in during the first few dates and sat in with My Morning Jacket on covers of the Grateful Dead's "I Know You Rider," as well as "Brown-Eyed Woman," The Beatles' "Dear Prudence" and more.

"He was so open to talking, the kind of things we were hoping Dylan would be," Jim James said of Weir. "Having him there was like this great gift." Weir also added, "I had a lot of fun playing with those guys. They're a very, very good band."

The Louisville rockers also chimed in on being called a "jamband." As keyboardist Bo Koster said, "We've developed this connection where someone will do something and four heads will turn and start to play it with you. But it's frustrating when people call us a 'jam band' — there's none of that noodling."

NEWS

My Morning Jacket Talks Playing with Bob Weir, Being Called a ‘Jamband’

by Rob Slater on April 23, 2015
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the members of My Morning Jacket discussed a variety of topics including their new album The Waterfall, due out May 4. The band also dished on...

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the members of My Morning Jacket discussed a variety of topics including their new album The Waterfall, due out May 4. The band also dished on performing with Bob Weir initially during the Americanarama tour which led to several other collaborations.

On the tour, the band says they were disappointed in the lack of collaboration with Bob Dylan. "It was pitched to us like, 'There are gonna be lots of collaborations, and Bob wants to play with you guys,' " says guitarist Carl Broemel. "That didn't happen." Ultimately, Weir joined in during the first few dates and sat in with My Morning Jacket on covers of the Grateful Dead's "I Know You Rider," as well as "Brown-Eyed Woman," The Beatles' "Dear Prudence" and more.

"He was so open to talking, the kind of things we were hoping Dylan would be," Jim James said of Weir. "Having him there was like this great gift." Weir also added, "I had a lot of fun playing with those guys. They're a very, very good band."

The Louisville rockers also chimed in on being called a "jamband." As keyboardist Bo Koster said, "We've developed this connection where someone will do something and four heads will turn and start to play it with you. But it's frustrating when people call us a 'jam band' — there's none of that noodling."

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