Bill Walton saw his first Grateful Dead show in the summer of ’67. California’s summer of love. He was 15. He made his way up to the front of the stage, in the pit, and never left. Figuratively and almost literally. Since then, the 64-year-old Hall of Famer has been to close to 900 Dead shows, bouncing his 6’11” frame around with the common fan, completely shelving the fact that he’s NBA Hall of Fame legend. He gives his entire self to the music and to the crowd, dancing proudly and slapping hands with fellow Dead Heads. The eccentric ex-baller went as far to say “I am the man I am today because of the Grateful Dead.” He is an absolute fucking savage and we should all take a piece of Walton’s mindset with us daily.
At the spry age of 64, Walton shows no signs of slowing down. He’s been traveling all over the country to catch Dead and Company shows, looking supremely stoned for each. Take a look at some of the epic shots taken of Walton during his spiritual journey.
Long Live the King.
[h/t Busted Coverage]