(May 7, 1946- )
Born in Palo Alto, California
Drummer for the Grateful Dead
Formed the bands Backbone (1999), the Trichromes (2002) and BK3 (2008)
Why he might be annoying
His sixth grade music teacher told him, 'Bill, you have to leave class because you can't keep a beat.'
He was underage when he joined the Dead and used a fake draft card when they played at bars.
He tried to slam Bob Weir's head against the sidewalk during an argument about whether metal or concrete freezes first.
He pled no contest to assaulting an ex-girlfriend (1997).
He said, 'I didn't want to tour with the band after he [Jerry Garcia] died. It would be like the Beatles without John Lennon. There is no such thing,' only to join the other surviving Dead members on tour in 2000.
Why he might not be annoying
As a teen, he met Aldous Huxley, who encouraged his drumming.
He said one of the best things about being in the Dead was, 'We'd have so many opening acts. You'd get to hang out with different musicians.'
He moved to Hawaii, took up sailing, surfing and diving and produced a documentary about the ocean ecosystem.
He has also done work as a digital artist.
Fellow Dead drummer Mickey Hart said of their chemistry, 'We share a unique rhythm.'
Credit: C. Fishel
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Year In Review:
For 2013, as of last week, Out of 3 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 6 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 13 Votes: 53.85% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 61 Votes: 67.21% Annoying
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