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Published: 2011/03/27

Furthur’s Bear Tribute

Photo by Dino Perrucci

The Grateful Dead wrote “Alice D. Millionaire” about longtime companion Owsley “Bear” Stanley after reading a newspaper headline that described Stanley as an “LSD Millionaire.” Stanley passed away on March 13 and last night the members of Furthur paid tribute to Stanley by busting out “Alice D. Millionaire” at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

The Grateful Dead played the song a few times in 1966 and released an official version of “Alice D. Millionaire” as part of The Grateful Dead album included in The Golden Road box set. Though Phil Lesh has performed the song with Phil & Friends, last night was the first time Furthur took a stab at the tune. Furthur will return to Radio City Music Hall tonight. Multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell will guest with the band.

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