Monday, June 2, 2008

The Grateful Dead and Spinal Tap

Today is the two year anniversary of the tragic death of former Grateful Dead keyboard player Vince Welnick. The Grateful Dead's "hotseat" was the behind the keys, but Spinal Tap's hotseat was behind the drum kit.

On the left is a list of Grateful Dead keyboard players and Spinal Tap drummers. On the right is a list of the various ways they died. Match them up correctly and win yourself a big pile of nothing. It should not be to tough to determine which are Spinal Tap and which are Grateful Dead. The trick is, how good are you at matching the fictional drummer to his fictional demise.

1) John "Stumpy" Pepys

2) Eric "Stumpy Joe" Childs

3) Peter "James" Bond

4) Mick Shrimpton

5) Richard "Ric" Shrimpton

6) Ron "Pigpen" McKernan

7) Keith Godchaux

8) Brent Mydland

9) Vince Welnick

a) Spontaneously combusted onstage

b) Car accident

c) Gastrointenstinal hemorrhage

d) Died in a bizarre, unexplained gardening accident

e) Speedball overdose

f) Allegedly sold his dialysis machine for drugs, presumed dead

g) Committed suicide by slitting his own throat in front of his wife

h) Choked on vomit of unknown origin

i) Onstage explosion

Rest in Peace, Vince.

answers: 1-d; 2-h; 3-a; 4-i; 5-f; 6-c; 7-b; 8-e; 9-g

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i was just thinking about that today, when listening to the Dead on Reckoning, and how crazy it was that Spinal Tap, and the GD had this commonality. and then even weirder when I was just looking for a new wallpaper, and found this. RIP to all of them, they have brought so much joy, and obviously suffering to those, and all they loved with untimely death. I have done every drug, and combination, and lethal amounts under the sun, and this is a lesson. Thanks for the insight, writer of article