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Jerry Garcia’s Lost Interview: ‘The Grateful Dead Would Love to Play on Mars’

Talk about breaking new ground! The late Jerry Garcia—who would have turned 68 years old this Sunday, Aug. 1—had sky-high hopes for his famously peripatetic band, the Grateful Dead.

In a 1990 interview with Milling About host Robin Milling, which has never before aired anywhere, the legendary rocker discussed his health, drug problem, family and aspirations for The Dead.

CAPTION: "So you've had a problem with drugs? Who hasn't?" Jerry (above) told our host vis-à-vis his own substance-abuse struggles.

"So I've had a problem with drugs? Who hasn't?" Jerry (above) told our host.

“I’ve never had a heart attack. Let me clear that up right now. But I have been ill and was on drugs, yeah,” said the Casey Jones singer, who died of a heart attack on Aug. 9, 1995 at Serenity Knolls, a substance-abuse treatment center in Forest Knolls, Calif.

“But those things are kind of normal nowadays, a lot of people went through those things. They don’t represent good excuses as far as I’m concerned.”

Jerry went on to talk about what inspired him to try and clean up his act.

“I think the idea that, well, it looks like I’m going to live past 40 and Continue reading