The mystery deepens, Enthusiasts: we have this article from the 1/6/98 edition of the New York Times which suggests that Terrapin Station, a never-built multimedia venue dedicated to the Grateful Dead, was more than just fantasy. (I mean, it never actually existed, so it technically does still count as a fantasy, but there were plans made and budgets drawn and locations scouted.)
In fact, there was this graf:
Deadheads seem to be behind the project and have already contributed $1.5 million. Unlike most rock corporate ventures, the Grateful Dead has a very elaborate business partnership in which the musicians are heavily involved. Each original member owns an equal share in Grateful Dead Productions and has an equal vote in approving merchandise and business decisions.
Please don’t let this be a grift, please don’t let this be a grift.
Nearly a year after the announcement of plans to build a $40 million multimedia-shrine to the defunct, San Francisco-based psychedelic-rock group, a location is still not secured and a tentative ground-breaking date is not yet penciled in.
As it now stands, the project — which was originally expected to be completed by the end of December 1999 — might not even get underway before the new millennium, according to Gary Lambert, editor of the Grateful Dead Almanac, the band’s official newsletter. – MTV News, 10/6/98
Now I’m officially curious, and I need someone who knows what they’re talking about to fill in the end of this story. Someone bother Gary about this; he’s probably at a show.