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Welnick was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and as a teenager got hooked to the keyboards. Around the same time he became a member of the band ‘The Beans' which morphed into ‘The Tubes'. The Tubes were popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s, for their live shows that combined vulgar semi- erotica with wild caustic remark of media, consumerism and politics. The Tubes in the 1980s were a big and successful commercial rock band with sizeable MTV success. Videos for rock classics ‘Talk To Ya Later' and ‘She's A Beauty' got heavy airplay on the MTV network for years in the mid-1980s. During his stint with The Tubes, Welnick also played with Todd Rundgren.

After an intense audition, the band ‘Grateful Dead' selected Welnick to take up the duties of a keyboardist after their previous one had died due to a drug overdose. It is widely believed that Welnick was highly nervous on his first show with the legendary band in 1990 in Cleveland. He remained with the band till it disbanded after the death of Jerry Garcia. Welnick was highly depressed after the death of Jerry and he even tried to commit suicide. It is also believed that his depression was further compounded, when Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Phil Lesh did not ask him to join their new band ‘The Dead'.

He then formed the band ‘Missing Man Formation,' which comprised of Steve Kimock (guitar), Prairie Prince (percussion), Bobby Vega (bass), Bobby Strickland (bass clarinet, saxophone, vocals), and many other musicians. The band came out with their eponymous debut album ‘Missing Man Formation' in 1998. He also toured briefly with the ‘Mickey Hart Band' and also played with jam bands like Terrapin Flyer, Jack Straw and toured the US with others, particularly, Gent Treadly.

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Vince Welnick was the popular keyboardist, famous for playing for the ‘Grateful Dead' from 1990 until their end in 1995. The keyboardist committed suicide on June 2, 2006.
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