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Go Ahead (band)

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Genres  Rock
Genre  Rock music
Years active  1986–1988
Past members  Bill Kreutzmann Brent Mydland Alex Ligertwood Jerry Cortez David Margen Bob Weir
Origin  San Francisco, California, United States
Associated acts  Brent Mydland, Bob Weir, Alex Ligertwood
Members  Brent Mydland, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, David Margen, Alex Ligertwood
Similar  Kingfish, Grateful Dead, Santana, Furthur, Phil Lesh and Friends

Go Ahead was a band formed by Grateful Dead members Bill Kreutzmann and Brent Mydland in 1986. They performed up until early 1988. The band also included Alex Ligertwood and David Margen who were members of Santana.



In July 1986 Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia fell into a diabetic coma. He awoke five days later but took months to recover. During this time drummer Bill Kreutzmann and keyboardist Brent Mydland formed the band Go Ahead. The two had performed briefly in a band called Kokomo during the summer of 1985. Go Ahead played a number of gigs during December 1986 after which the Grateful Dead had resumed performing.

Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir joined the band beginning in November 1987 up until the band's final performance in early 1988. For these performances, typically, Go Ahead would play a set without Weir. Weir would then play an acoustic set by himself and join the band for a third set.

Following the dissolution of Go Ahead in March 1988 Kreutzmann, Mydland and Weir continued to perform with the Grateful Dead and Ligertwood rejoined Santana the next year. Mydland died of a speedball overdose on July 26, 1990.


  • Bill Kreutzmann - drums
  • Brent Mydland - keyboards, vocals
  • Alex Ligertwood - guitar, vocals
  • Jerry Cortez - guitar, vocals
  • David Margen - bass
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals (November 1987 to March 1988)
  • References

    Go Ahead (band) Wikipedia