Tom Constanten was a member of the Grateful Dead from 1968-1971. During that time, the band was at its improvisitory peak, recording its most climactic album, Live Dead. It was the Dead’s most successful album to that date, and fans and critics applauded the uncharted terrain of the classics “Dark Star,” St. Stephen,” ”The Eleven” and “Lovelight.” This two-album set was a hallmark in Grateful Dead musicianship, and Constanten was a distinctive part of that sound. Constanten can also be found performing on Dicks Picks Grateful Dead Series numbers: 4, 8, 16, 22, 26.
Tom has continued to play keyboards with a variety of musical friends over the years, and has toured extensively, performing a diverse selection of rock, classical and improvisational music. He is frequently invited to play at Dead Head Festivals and with some of the finest Dead cover bands and jam bands.
In 1994, he was inducted, along with the Grateful Dead, into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.