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2 FRIDAY,MAY15,2015 KICKS::COURIER NEWS MYCENTRALJERSEY.COM “The people here have so much energy, they were just so into everything,” he said. “When you g o on stage, Bobby was talking about this, you h ave a little fear, a little anxiety. And, that turns into a great energy that you get to play with, and i t’s outstanding. It’s undeniable.” “Madison Square Garden is pretty much the No. 1destination on the East Coast for a rock band,” said Trixie Garcia. “It’s been remodeled c ompletely, but I have fond memories of condensation dripping down the windows and hippies packed in here like sardines. “Wherever the Grateful Dead went, they b rought their whole scene with them, but something about Madison Square Garden is like a hub, like a base.” M onday’s ceremony also saw other New York i cons inducted into the Garden’s Walk of Fame, including Rangers goalie Eddie Giacomin, Knicks legend Harry Gallatin, and George Kalins ky, official photographer for Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. L ocated in Chase Square at Seventh Avenue a nd 32nd Street, the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame was unveiled in 1992 and has pre- v iously honored sports and entertainment legends including Muhammad Ali, Wayne Gretzky a nd John McEnroe. T he surviving members of the Dead — Weir, Kreutzmann, Hart and bassist Phil Lesh — will c ommemorate the band’s 50th anniversary this summer with shows June 27 and 28 at Levi’s Music’s premiere jam band was honored by the world’s most famous arena on Monday when iconic rock outfit the Grateful Dead was inducted into the M adison Square Garden Walk of Fame in New York City. G uitarist and singer Bob Weir and d rummer Bill Kreutzmann, co-founding members of the Dead, were on hand to a ccept the honor, as were Trixie Garcia, daughter of iconic singer and guitarist Jerry Garcia, and Reya Hart, daughter o f drummer Mickey Hart. “Out of about 2,300 shows that the Grateful Dead played, the 52 we played h ere (at Madison Square Garden from 1979 to 1994) were nothing short of amaz- i ng,” said Kreutzmann during the in- d uction ceremony. “This place was different,” added W eir. “There were a few places we used t o look forward to playing. This place was horrifying, but at the same time t itilating.” Also describing Garden audiences as both discerning and ravenous, Weir acknowledged the staff, the building itself a nd, poignantly, four members of the band who are now deceased: Garcia, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, Brent Mydland and Keith Godchaux. T he Dead rank third in most Garden performances, behind previous Walk of Fame inductees Billy Joel and Elton J ohn. In both 1988 and 1992, the band had s old-out, nine concert runs in the arena. “The audience demanded that we be on our game, and more,” Weir said in an i nterview following Monday’s ceremony. “They wanted more, more than we had to o ffer, and we just had to come up with i t.” Discussing the Dead’s longtime bond w ith audiences in the New York and New Jersey area, Weir said, “we were their p ersonal ray of California sunshine. We f elt that, and they demanded that of us.” As for what made Garden shows spec ial, Kreutzmann singled out the energy of the audiences. S tadium in Santa Clara, California, and July 3, 4 a nd 5 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The “core four” will be joined by Phish guitarist and Princeton n ative Trey Anastasio, pianist Bruce Hornsby and keyboard player Jeff Chimenti. W eir said rehearsals for this summer’s re- u nion shows are going well, and didn’t rule out the possibility of some configuration making a r eturn to Madison Square Garden. “We’ll be back,” he said, “and relatively soon.” HOT SHOTS FAMOUS FACES IN FAMILIAR PLACES Long, strange trip to NYC Grateful Dead inducted into the MSG Walk of Fame ALEX BIESE @ABIESEAPP TANYA BREEN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Reya Hart (left to right), daughter of Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, with Trixie Garcia, daughter of Jerry Garcia, G rateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, and Dead singer and guitarist Bob Weir. TANYA BREEN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Grateful Dead’s Bob Weirspeaks to Alex Biese, Asbury Park Press features reporter. 3600 ROUTE 66 BOX 1550, NEPTUNE, NJ 0 7754-1550 Fax: 732-643-4015 Shari Puterman Regional Content Strategist s puterman@ gannettnj.com 732-643-4225 Bill Canacci Features Planner bcanacci@ gannettnj.com 732-643-4218 Alex Biese Writer/ Contributing editor a biese@ gannettnj.com 732-643-4085 Chris Jordan Writer cjordan@ g annettnj.com 732-643-4060 Angela Wyatt Listings a wyatt@ gannettnj.com 732-565-7292 Karen Guarasi Advertising kguarasi@ gannettnj.com 7 32-643-3644 KICKS

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