Apparently KPIX in San Francisco has been sitting on a 26-minute VHS tape interview with the late, great Jerry Garcia which never aired. As they tell us, "The Grateful Dead singer sat down with reporter Kate Kelly for the rare interview at the band’s studio on Front Street in San Rafael, where he talked about their first music video for the hit single 'Touch of Grey,' a modest success in 'the big world of grown up records.'"
The interview opens with Garcia talking about the impending reopening of The Fillmore Auditorium, which he says feels incredibly "small" now that he hadn't set foot in it in many years. But, he said, it was going to function like a big club. (What ended up happening was that it was only open for about year before sustaining damage in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and then it would not reopen again until after promoter Bill Graham's death, finally re-reopening with a surprise show by the Smashing Pumpkins on April 27, 1994. Incidentally, that was just two weeks after the death of Kurt Cobain.)
Garcia would ultimately pass away in 1995, suffering a heart attack while staying in a rehab facility.
But here you can see him in the studio, smoking cigarettes, and talking casually about his legacy.
This comes just months before the remaining members of the Dead will reunite for a series of five farewell shows to mark the band's 50th anniversary. The first two shows will be here, at Levi's Stadium, on June 27 and 28. Then they'll go to Chicago to play three more dates over the July 4th weekend at Soldier Field.