In the late 1980s, the Grateful Warlocks formed a rock band that would change the course of their career.
The band’s first album, 1978’s The Biggest Loser, was a hit, and they released two more albums in the decade.
By the mid-1990s, though, the band’s popularity was waning, and a new generation of fans started to grow up with a taste for a different kind of music.
A decade later, the Dead were back in the studio, recording a new album with the help of producer Sam and Dave Grohl.
The album was called The Grateful Dead: Volume 2.
A new generation grew up with it.
“I remember listening to the new album when I was 17 years old, and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s awesome,'” Grohl says.
“It was very different from anything I’d heard before.
It was like the band had reinvented itself.
They were so new to the whole genre, and it was exciting.
It just felt like something special.”
After years of touring with the Dead, Grohl moved to LA to record the group’s fifth studio album.
The result was a landmark release, one that ushered in a new era for the Dead.
Grohl and the band started writing new material in the summer of 1991.
Grohls wife, singer-guitarist Nancy Wilson, was also recording a solo album with producer Sam Fink.
But when they were ready to release their new record, the label was suddenly in trouble.
A lawyer from Warner Bros. Pictures, who wanted the rights to the Grateful Woodland property, approached the band and offered them a new contract that would give them the rights for the entire Grateful Woodlands.
The Dead had agreed to the deal, but the deal wasn’t legally binding.
Grohn, the former bandleader, didn’t think it would hold up in court.
“The whole point was to be as true to the song as we possibly could,” Grohl explains.
“And I don’t think the law ever really really understood that.”
Grohl would eventually fight to get the band to keep the Grateful Woods.
But after that fight, the company finally dropped its lawsuit and let Grohl go on tour.
“When we got home, Sam and I were like, “Oh, shit,” Grohll says.
The new band had been a long time coming.
Grohm and the Dead went on to record four more albums, including 1992’s Greatest Hits, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was one of the best-selling albums of all time.
The Grateful Woodes became a cult hit, with the band recording a sixth album, 1990’s Greatest Stories, that reached No