The Grateful Dead Are On TikTok

21 April 2023 | 10:54 am | Mary Varvaris

Since joining TikTok six hours ago, The Grateful Dead have 8,500 followers.

(Pic by Richard Pechner via Grateful Dead Facebook)

Psychedelic rock icons The Grateful Dead are on TikTok, even if most of their fans aren’t the target audience for the video-sharing app. But who knows, why can’t Grateful Dead go viral on TikTok? They wouldn’t be the only unexpected band to find new fans on the program.

A press release shared by Consequence Of Sound notes that the band’s TikTok account “will serve as an outlet to celebrate the decades of music, generations of community, and endless array of creativity that has woven the band and its fans into every new era of the world’s counterculture and consciousness.”

The group’s first video contains archival concert footage against a 2001 remastered version of St Stephen (Live At The Fillmore West San Francisco, 1969), featuring handmade artwork, their beginnings in the 60s to 1995. The video stops at the period before founding member Jerry Garcia passed away; check it out below.

The Grateful Dead join fellow rockers The Rolling Stones and country music superstar Dolly Parton as surprising additions to TikTok.

In January, The Rolling Stones encouraged fans to “Share your videos #TheRollingStones”. In another clip, the band shared a snippet from a 1963 interview in Denmark, where the band members introduced themselves and what they do. Vocalist Mick Jagger stated, "Mick Jagger, I sing...songs" in a fun throwback.  

Dolly Parton joined the platform in December. Her first clip on TikTok was a montage of the greatest Dolly Parton videos with Nine To Five soundtracking the post. She captioned her first TikTok: "I have arrived!" with the hashtags #heyitsdolly and #dollytok.

Another clip featured fan-made tributes to Parton, which the singer collected and shared on her account. Parton also shared a few baking videos with her song Berry Pie playing. 

Since joining TikTok six hours ago, The Grateful Dead have 8,500 followers.

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♬ St. Stephen (Live at the Fillmore West San Francisco, 1969) [2001 Remaster] - Grateful Dead