Happy Birthday Vince!
Everyone wish Vince Welnick a happy 55th today! I remember seeing Vince's 3rd show with The Grateful Dead, and being blown away immediately by his confidence, the intricacy of his playing and his vocal harmonizing ability. I thought he fit in right away, but there were many others who never truly accepted him, much like Brent and Keith before him. In retrospect, Vince had a similar sound to Brent, but played a much more complimentary role, similar to Keith. The Vince/Bruce Hornsby combo provided a particularly unique sound to The Dead in the 90s. In the end, I saw more Dead shows with Vince behind the keyboards than I did shows with Brent. He was a fine choice to keep the bus rolling after Brent's demise. So once again, happy birthday to the last man to tickle the keys for The Dead, Mr. Vince Welnick!