Prior to his 1990-1995 stint as the Grateful Dead's keyboardist, Vince Welnick first gained notoriety as a long-time member of the eclectic ensemble The Tubes, appearing on cuts like "Talk To Ya Later," "She's a Beauty" and "White Punks on Dope." He has also recorded with a number of artists, including Dick Dale, Merl Saunders, Todd Rundgren and Steve Kimock.
After the death of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia in 1995, Welnick formed the Missing Man Formation. As a guest artist, he's lent his passionate vocals and chops to numerous groups on the "jam band" circuit. Welnick has recently reteamed with Dead percussionist Mickey Hart as a featured member of the Mickey Hart Band.