Happy Birthday Bill!!!
I'm a little late (on virtual vacation) but yesterday was Billy's 60th Birthday! Best wishes, Bill!
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Bill Kreutzmann (born May 7, 1946 in Palo Alto, California) was the drummer for legendary rock band The Grateful Dead for their entire 30-year career. He is currently the drummer for SerialPod, which also includes Phish members Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon.
Kreutzmann started playing drums at the age of 13, despite having been told by his sixth grade music teacher that he couldn't keep a beat. As a teenager, he met Aldous Huxley at his high school, who encouraged him in his drumming. At the end of 1964 he co-founded the band The Warlocks, along with Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan. Their first real gig was May 5, 1965, two days before Kreutzmann's 19th birthday. In November of 1965, the Warlocks became The Grateful Dead. Meeting fellow percussionist Mickey Hart in the fall of 1967 would have a big impact on Kreutzmann's career. Hart soon joined the Dead, making it one of the first (and few) rock bands to feature two drummers. The two percussionists' remarkable cohesion, synchronicity, and driving power would a be a hallmark of the Grateful Dead sound for the next thirty years, earning them the nickname the Rhythm Devils. Their ten-minute drums solos, a feature of every show from 1978-1995 became legendary in the rock world. Kreutzmann remained with The Grateful Dead until its dissolution following the passing of Garcia in 1995, making him one of the four members to play at every single one of the band's 3,500 shows.
Following the end of The Grateful Dead, Kreutzmann returned to his home in Hawaii but, by 2000 was back on the road with The Other Ones (Weir, Hart, Bruce Hornsby, Steve Kimock, Mark Karan, and Alphonso Johnson). The Other Ones were so successful that, in 2003 the band began touring as The Dead (keeping Grateful retired out of respect for Garcia). At 59 years old, he has lost none of his expertise and stamina, routinely playing three hours showing of non-stop drumming with only one 45-minute break.
Kreutzmann also does work as a visual artist and, in 2001, began releasing limited edition reproductions of his digital artwork.He also has a son,Justin Kreutzmann ,who is a film and video director.