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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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kaiwie fastwolf March 28, 2011, 21:08:39

My mother ohshinnah who knew Lesley from chicago in the late 60’s made this statement when informed of his passing mentioned her experience with him as a friend and colleague:owlsley was a brilliant man, after growing up in military schools he merged to the heat of his own drum. He was kind,an independent thinker and spent many a night at her apartment discussing late into the night things such as politics, sceince and metaphysics. He was a one of a kind person who thought outside of the box an artist and trusted friend who will be greatly missed. ah when callef

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kevin p. March 27, 2011, 20:31:19

It’s about time…thx, guys! Bear was an important contribution to society…everything changed when he was producing:)

kevin p. March 27, 2011, 20:33:04

It’s about time…thx, guys! Bear was an important contribution to society…he “produced” so much…everything changed:)

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