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  posted on 6/2/2006 at 08:37 PM
The last keyboard player for the GD has passed....met Vince a few times at MSG while working security...a kind and humble soul...he had his demons just like everybody else in the Dead...."may the four wind blow you safely home"
 
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  posted on 6/2/2006 at 09:25 PM
R.I.P. Vince.
 

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  posted on 6/2/2006 at 10:38 PM
I never saw the Dead with any other keyboardist other than Vince except when Bruce joined in one night in Charlotte on the last Spring tour. The keyboard seat was always a strange area for the Dead. I recall many a playful, groaning comment by friends (myself included) at Dead shows in the late 90's when Vince's tunes would come up - just one notch of love above Bobby's 'Easy Answers' or 'Corinna'. In recent years though, when listening to shows from that era of the band, I realize there were some really great moments of band interplay on Vince's tunes. R.I.P Vince indeed.......'any which way you are tempted to roam, it's a long, long, long way to go home'
 

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  posted on 6/2/2006 at 10:39 PM
Not to mention his stint with the Tubes saw them with him a few times.


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  posted on 6/3/2006 at 03:17 AM
I just got the news of Vince passing a couple of hours ago. I am truely saddened by this tragic news. Vince was a very talented musician that never really got the respect that he very well deserved. It was shame that he was never invited to join the "survivng members" onstage in the past few years........HELL, he was hand-picked by Jerry himself!

I was lucky enough to catch him with the band, Gent Treadly in Wilmington, NC last year. Only about 15-20 folks came to the show! But, Vince put on a performance as if he was playing in front of a crowd of thousands. That night, he played with a passion and enthusiasm that revelled any Ratdog show that I have ever been to! During the setbreak, I spoke with him and told him I was sorry for the turn out for that evening.....but, I was glad that I made the 2 & a 1/2 hour journey to see him. He gave me a big grin & a hug and invited me to come backstage after the second set. Afterwards, I ended up hanging out with Vince & the rest of the guys for a couple of hours. He was one of the coolest cats that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and chilling with. Later on, we even communicated a few times via email.

I know in my heart that Vince has gone on to be with Jerry once again. Rest in peace, my brother...you will be sorely missed.

 

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  posted on 6/3/2006 at 08:12 AM
RIP Vince

Grateful Dead keyboard player Vince Welnick dies
By Sara Wykes
Mercury News

Vince Welnick, 55, who played keyboards with the Grateful Dead for five years before the death of band founder Jerry Garcia, died Friday.

Sonoma County sheriffs said he was taken, injured, from his home in rural Forestville near Santa Rosa, to a local hospital.

He died there, police said.

An unofficial spokesman at the Welnick home said, ``It looks like he took his own life.'' But that is not known for sure, he said. ``The family is very grieved, and trying to figure it all out.''

Welnick arrived in San Francisco in 1971 from his hometown of Phoenix, Ariz., already a keyboardist with a group called the Beans. The Beans became the Tubes and in 1983 their song ``She's a Beauty'' was a hit.

Welnick played with Todd Rundgren after the Tubes broke up, and in 1990, was invited to try out for the Dead.

Welnick told an interviewer with the Vermont Review that the tryout was exciting. Before he played, the band sent him tapes and CDs, but he didn't have a CD player. He practiced in the hayloft of his barn and then waited for two weeks before he heard he was in.

``That fact that I screamed a lot as a child paid off and got me into the Grateful Dead,'' he told the paper. At his first concert with the band, a sound man jumped on his piano seat to test his microphone and broke the seat into 100 hundred pieces, Welnick said.

``I was somewhat paralyzed playing at first. I remember . . . thinking to myself: `Come on fingers, let's get unstuck. Let's get loose here.' Then I heard this ripple in the audience and there was a kid who yelled, `Welcome Brother Vince!' and there were stickers that said, `Yo Vinnie' stuck to the side of my keyboard. The crowd was very forgiving.''

He told the interviewer that he'd never seen the likes of such music, friendship and spirit and did not know if he ever would again.

As a member of the Dead, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He was scheduled to play the House of Blues in Chicago later this month, according to a Web site devoted to his career.


 

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  posted on 6/3/2006 at 09:08 AM
From Barn Rats & the Grateful Dead's Official Website:

The wheel is turning almightily fast. Life is loss, but our times have turned sorrowful indeed.
It is with very heavy hearts that we must tell you that Vince Welnick passed away today, June 2, 2006.
His service to and love for the Grateful Dead were heart-felt and essential. He had a loving soul and a joy in music that we were lucky to share. We grieve especially for his widow Lori, his sister Nancy, and the rest of his family.

Our Grateful Dead prayer for the repose of his repose of his spirit:

May the four winds blow him safely home.

 

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  posted on 6/3/2006 at 09:45 AM
Fare thee well, Vince!
 

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  posted on 6/3/2006 at 10:45 AM
Vince passing on is such a drag. Myfriends have hooked up with Vince and the band for many years. My friend has video taped them many times and has enjoyed the band and Vince every time they see each other.

I was lucky to have seen Vince with the Tubes(1985), Todd Rundgren(1990), Grateful Dead(1990-1995), and Missing Formation (with Steve Kimock, 1997). He was always upbeat and added a lot to the spirit of the music.

My positive are with you Vince and your family. Charliie

 

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  posted on 6/3/2006 at 12:19 PM



R.I.P. Vince............

 

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  posted on 6/3/2006 at 01:58 PM

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  posted on 6/3/2006 at 01:59 PM
RIP Vince. man what is up with that spot in the band
 

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  posted on 6/3/2006 at 02:11 PM
Very Very sad news indeed...RIP Vince.







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  posted on 6/3/2006 at 04:30 PM
I had met Vince a couple of times and found him to be one heck of a nice guy. I asked him about his tenure with the Grateful Dead and he replied how he was honored to be chosen to play in such a legendary band. His love and enthusiasm for the music along with his talent must have been obvious to Jerry when he was tagged to replace Brent. Bruce Hornsby made it clear to the members of the GD that his presence was temporary while Vince got comfortable in the keyboard chair.

When he spoke to me about what is was like to play keys behind Jerry he became visibly shaken. It was clear to me that Vince deeply mourned the loss of a friend and missed him very much just like so many of us surely do. I, like many other Deadheads, was dissapointed when the rest of the band chose to diss him by not inviting him to The Grateful Dead Family Reunion held at Alpine Valley in 2002.

My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and close friends. I am grateful he was there to help the band continue their long strange trip into the 90's.

So Many Roads to Ease My Soul.........Fare Thee Well, Vince. Thanks for the good times and music you shared with so many of us. May the four winds blow you safely home.

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  posted on 6/3/2006 at 05:14 PM
What a loss. I thought he added so much to the Grateful Dead. His renditions of Baba O'Reilly/Tomorrow Never Knows were fantastic, and his originals were awesome.
It's a long way to go home, Vince. May the four winds blow you safely there....

 

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  posted on 6/3/2006 at 07:00 PM
RIP Vince.
I saw him open for the Blue Floyd guys when they were touring "Beatlejam" a few years ago. He was great that night.

 

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  posted on 6/3/2006 at 10:43 PM
Very sad. R.I.P. Vince.
 

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  posted on 6/3/2006 at 10:49 PM
Check out the comments from his webmaster on his web site.

www.vincewelnick.com

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  posted on 6/3/2006 at 11:54 PM
Thank you Vince for the wonderful memories you have given me and countless others. Without you and your friends I would have never discovered the wonderful things that music can do.....may you rest in peace. Say hello to my father and other relatives and friends while you are up there in the grand stars of the heavens, I cannot think of my own words so I will leave you with this........


May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you:
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.







 

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  posted on 6/4/2006 at 02:53 AM
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Vince Welnick is gone. He was the sweetest human I have ever known. Kind, generous, funny and warm hearted. He was my friend. He was talented, so **** ing talented. I was lucky to know him. So, damned lucky to know him and Lori. God bless you, Lori. I'm so, so sorry.

Vince never got over the cruel way that the Grateful Dead band members treated him after Jerry died. He never got over the sorrow of losing Jerry, facing his own demons without his friend and could not understand how the remaining fellow band-members treated him like **** the past several years.

I cannot possibly describe to you the hurt and anguish he felt when "The Dead" decided to have a "Family Reunion of the SURVIVING MEMBERS" of Grateful Dead, a band that he was no mere sideman for its last five years, but a full member of by order of Jerry Garcia. How damned insulting was it to have a "surviving members family reunion" and not invite your new brother? He was the proverbial red-headed step-child to them. Did it occur to you how that hurt him, Bill, Bob, Phil, Mickey? The truth is that you selfish bastards did not care if it hurt him. He's a big boy, he just had to get over it, right?

I remember seeing Todd Rundgen at the "Walk Down Abbey Road" show in Concord, CA around the same time when that "Family Reunion" was booked. He asked how Vince was, and I told him about this "family reunion" concert of SURVIVING MEMBERS and how Vince was specifically not invited, but in fact was playing a gig at a campground not far from the show. Todd said, "Uh, Vince isn't dead, isn't he a surviving member?" He got the irony. I got the irony, but I also saw the hurt like none of you can believe. Vince kept a brave face about it, trying to remain cheerful, hoping that somehow, someday the tide would turn, the phone would ring and it would be Bob Weir calling him. Calling just to say, "How are you, Vinny?" Something. Anything.

I am certain that Jerry would have been completely disgusted with the terrible, cruel and despicable way that Vince was treated by the band, the management, etc. following his death. The lack of compassion displayed toward him, the ostracizing he felt burned and hurt Vince very deeply. He was a sensitive, sweet soul. He just couldn't handle the rejection. He and I spent hours and hours talking about these things, trying to get the demons out, which led to him pouring out his heart when that show happened, right on this website.

I told Vince to get his story out, tell everybody what happened on that Ratdog bus, tell them everything. Tell them how Bob and Ratdog sent him, having overdosed on the tour bus, to a hospital alone in the back of a taxi cab, without a friend in site, and had him checked in as John Doe, while they played the show anyway. Tell them, Vince how you were despondent over facing life-threatening cancer, a simultaneous diagnosis of Emphysema, and instead of staying home to try to heal and get immediate surgery, how you chose to give the fans the ill-fated summer 95 Dead tour. Tell them how nobody in the band even acknowledged, though they damned well knew, that Vince was very sick.

Tell them Vince, I said, how you didn't want to let the fans and the band down, and how eery it was on the tour knowing all these people who were your "friends" never asked how you were while on the road or even stepped aside with you to acknowledge that struggle you were facing. Tell everyone, Vince, how when you returned from the road, and Jerry was dead, how you were flung into the hell of depression facing lung disease, cancer and now your friend dying, and how you saw your world crash around you ever more when months later the band unceremoniously announced it was over. Tell them Vince, tell everyone and get the demons out.

Even more amazing than the band being cold to him, I could never understand why so-called "dead heads" and "fans" spent hours coming into this site and **** ing with Vince, taunting him, posting evil, nasty lies about him. I finally had to turn this into a registration-only website to help shield my friend from the cruelness that some people took sport in on the message boards. Vince could take a joke, he could take a lot, but he finally couldn't take any more.

I had long, heart to heart talks with him for months before he told some of that story to you here, though not even close to all that detail. Vince didn't want to hurt the other guys, he just **** ing wanted to play with them.

Do you hear me, Phil? Do you hear me, Mickey? Do you hear me, Bobby? Do you hear me, Bill? That's all he **** ing wanted, was to play music with you guys. He loved you and you **** ing treated him like **** . To see your "heartfelt" message on Dead.net today sickens me to no end, you **** ing bunch of lying hypocrites. There is nothing left to hold back on now. Is it so hard to return the man's phone calls? Is it so hard to understand what he went through back then and how far he had come since that dreadful night on that Ratdog bus? Where is the love? Where is the compassion? Hippy love? Bull-fucking-shit. You guys could have been nice to him, invited him along, not made him feel like an ass and like he was bugging you if he called. Are you happy, Cameron? Are you? Go **** yourself.

 

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  posted on 6/4/2006 at 10:25 AM

.....Continued thoughts for Vince...he deserved better.

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  posted on 6/4/2006 at 02:31 PM
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  posted on 6/4/2006 at 06:58 PM
Sorry to hear of Vince's passing.

My brother plays drums for a dead cover band called The Noodles in Phoenix and I guess Vince would sit in with them when he was in town. Told me he was a real nice guy.

Vince played with some great players, The Tubes,Tod Rudgren, The GD, not a bad run.

My condolences to his family and friends.

A Long, long ,long way............to go home.

 

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  posted on 6/4/2006 at 10:17 PM
rip vince....it seems you don't want to be the keyboardest in the dead.......

 

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  posted on 6/4/2006 at 11:44 PM
i thought he sucked as the deads keybordist. i think the GD made a big mistake hiring him after brent died and they all new it. don't know much about his personal life but did'nt care for him as a musician.
 
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