“My Cymbals Were Melting”: Remembering Bill Kreutzmann’s Memorable Appearance in ‘Have A Good Trip’
Bill Kreutzmann turns 75 today. This weekend, he will celebrate via Grateful Mahalo, a special three-night event in Kauai, Hawai’i featuring his Billy & The Kids band (Aron Magner, Tom Hamilton and Reed Mathis), Carlos Santana, Billy Strings and James Casey. The shows will be available at fans.live/mahalo.
To mark the occasion we look back at his appearance in the documentary film Have A Good Trip: Adventures In Psychedelics which premiered last year on Netflix. The film pulls together “comedic tripping stories from A-list actors, comedians, and musicians,” including Kreutzmann, Carrie Fisher, Jim James, Adam Scott, Sting, Anthony Bourdain, Nick Offerman, Sarah Silverman, Ad-Rock, Rosie Perez, A$AP Rocky, Reggie Watts, Shepard Fairey and many more. Have A Good Trip was written and directed by Donick Cary, an Emmy-winning writer and producer who has written for The Simpsons, Silicon Valley, Parks and Recreation, New Girl, A.P. Bio and other shows.
In Kreutzmann’s scene, he recalls a moment on stage with the Grateful Dead in which the dosed drummer became overwhelmed and needed to step away from the action to gather himself. Cary, who grew up on Nantucket returned to a familiar setting to interview Kreutzmann, as Boston’s Fenway Park can be seen in the background (producer Mike Rosenstein also is a New England native). Cary recalls interviewing the Grateful Dead drummer: “It was in between soundcheck and the show and we pulled him into a room at Fenway. He was able to speak not only to his own experiences but what he’s witnessed over the years and he’s certainly seen plenty. He’s just a funny, great storyteller with a sparkle in his eye.”