Barack Obama Selects the Dead for Inaugural Ball

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Grateful Dead
Just a week after confirming their first tour in five years, the reunited Greatfull Dead are booked to rock the Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C. on January 20th.

A DJ will open up its a long, strange trip! [Barack Obama] picked us specifically, so it was quite an honor. There was a short list and we made the cut. As for the most important question can the band jam at the ball? Its pretty tight, about an hour set. When you play these kinds of things you say, How can I be of service? The entertainment committee makes it so that it fits into their huge schedule.
Mickey Hart

Another pitfall of political rocking: a background check. It gave me pause when I had to get a security clearance to play a gig! Hart says. So did they get past the security scan? Oh, yeah, we dont look so bad on paper. Its not as bad as you might think.

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