Big Steve Parish

About Big Steve


Steve Parish has been a primary member of The Grateful Dead family for 50 years. Steve first joined the band as a roadie in 1969.  It wasn’t long before he was Jerry Garcia’s trusted gear handler and began to manage The Jerry Garcia Band.  Over the years Parish and Garcia forged an unbreakable bond. Steve was Jerry’s best man at his wedding and was at his bedside when Garcia fell in to a coma in 1986. 

Parish was the last friend to see Jerry before his untimely death in 1995. 

Steve has continued to maintain close relationships with the rest of The Grateful Dead family.  As Weir once said to him “Blood is thicker than water but we have is thicker than blood. “

Steve hosts The Big Steve Hour on Sirius XM's Grateful Dead Channel where he shares stories of his life on the road with the most iconic band in history.


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