Can You Pass The DeadTest™ Vol. 18 – Guest Sit-Ins

by Peter Wendel
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The 18th installment of the DeadTest™ collection focuses on the band’s star-studded guest list over the long strange 30-year trip. Sit-ins added an important dimension to The Grateful Dead’s big-tent approach to music – collaborative, improvisational and the more the merrier. The possibilities were endless and the sit-in performances were very special, even magical, for that very reason.


DeadTest™ Vol. 18 – Guest Sit-Ins

This 18th volume of the DeadTest™ (with more to come) focuses on the band’s guest sit-ins and the magical music that emerged from those special improv performances.

The Dead’s list of guest sit-ins reads like a who’s who in the top-tier of rock royalty – an array of prodigiously talented artists as varied as they come – from Duane Allman to Steve Miller from Etta James to Janis Joplin from The Neville Brothers to Jefferson Airplane. The Dead wanted to make music with just about everybody – and they did.

Who’s ripping the guitar lead? Who’s singing with Garcia? Who’s blowing the harp? Those are all questions you’ll be asked to answer. Good luck, folks!


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Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach, Mountain Jam, the All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at