Go Ahead (band)

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.[1][2]

Go Ahead
OriginSan Francisco, California
Years active1986–1988
Associated actsGrateful Dead, Bob Weir, Bobby & the Midnites, Santana, Rhythm Devils, BK3, 7 Walkers, Billy & the Kids
Past membersBill Kreutzmann
Brent Mydland
Alex Ligertwood
Jerry Cortez
David Margen
Bob Weir


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.[3] Go Ahead played a number of gigs in December 1986; soon afterwards, the Grateful Dead resumed performing.

Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir joined the band in November 1987 and remained until the band's final performance in early 1988. In these performances Go Ahead typically played an opening set without Weir. Weir would then play an acoustic set by himself and join the band for a third set.[4]

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.



  1. ^ "Go Ahead with Brent Mydland and Bill Kreutzmann Tour History 1986", Hooterollin' Around, November 9, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  2. ^ Djarum, Ben (July 26, 2015). "The History of Brent Mydland and the Grateful Dead", Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "Kokomo with Brent Mydland and Bill Kreutzmann Tour History – Summer 1985", Lost Live Dead, October 15, 2009. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "Go Ahead and Bob Weir 1987-88", Hooterollin' Around, July 11, 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2015.