Listen To The Music Play: How The Grateful Dead Remain Relevant In 2019 Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia died in 1995. But the band continues to inspire more than just new ice cream flavors.

What makes the Grateful Dead's words glow with the gold of sunshine? And how does a band formed over 50 years ago remain not only relevant today, but influential?

We discussed with a panel of Deadheads.

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A man looks at a piece of artwork titled "Skeleton and Roses" that was used to promote a 1966 concert by the band 'Grateful Dead' during a preview for an upcoming auction in Los Angeles on June 12, 2009. MARK RALSTON/MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A man looks at a piece of artwork titled "Skeleton and Roses" that was used to promote a 1966 concert by the band 'Grateful Dead' during a preview for an upcoming auction in Los Angeles on June 12, 2009.

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Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia died in 1995. But the band continues to inspire more than just new ice cream flavors. Some of today's newest fans are way too young to have ever seen the original band perform.

And in the list of last year's biggest North American concert tours, among the expected big-name pop acts like Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars was Dead & Company, a mix of original Grateful Dead musicians along with new players mining the band's extensive back catalog.

So what makes the Grateful Dead's words glow with the gold of sunshine? And how does a band formed over 50 years ago remain not only relevant today, but influential?

We discussed with a panel of Deadheads.