The War On Drugs cover The Grateful Dead’s ‘Touch of Grey’ – listen

The cover is part of The National-led charity Grateful Dead covers album 'Day of the Dead'

The War On Drugs have released a cover of The Grateful Dead‘s most commercially successful track ‘Touch Of Grey’.

The cover is part of a Grateful Dead cover’s album called ‘Day of the Dead’, which has been curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. All profits from the album are going to Red Hot Organization, a charity aiming to tackle AIDS through pop culture.

The extensive tribute collection took over four years to record, and features over 60 artists across 59 tracks. It will be released digitally, as a five-CD set and as a vinyl box set on 4AD on May 20.


As well as The National, the release will feature performances by Mumford and Sons, The Flaming Lips, Courtney Barnett, Wilco, Fucked Up and The Walkmen. Further details can be found here.

The War On Drugs track appears complete with a psychedelic swirling pattern to accompany it in a YouTube video released as a preview to the collection, watch below:

The Grateful Dead played their final show in July of last year, half a century after forming. The last show took place at Chicago’s Soldier Field, also the location of late frontman Jerry Garcia’s final performance with the band. Garcia died in 1995.

Drummer Mickey Hart closed the show by telling the crowd: “The feeling we have here – remember it, take it home and do some good with it. I’ll leave you with this: Please, be kind.”

President Obama paid tribute to the band ahead of their final show, writing:


“Here’s to fifty years of the Grateful Dead, an iconic American band that embodies the creativity, passion, and ability to bring people together that makes American music so great.”