CLEVELAND -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit honoring the Grateful Dead was introduced on Wednesday night with a pre-opening performance by the group's drummer.
The Mickey Hart Band took the Rock Hall's Main Stage and played new songs as well as classic Grateful Dead hits.
After an hour-long set, guests at the private event were the first to experience 'Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip.'
The exhibit is part of the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Week events.
It showcases the band from a non-linear point of view and features five Jerry Garcia guitars (including his Travis Bean TB5), Mickey Hart’s custom-painted drum kit, two Bob Weir guitars (including his first Ibanez “cowboy” custom guitar), several original lyric manuscripts (including “Truckin’,” “Box of Rain” and “Sugaree”), several original Grateful Dead-related artworks (including images from Workingman’s Dead, Without a Net and Fillmore Auditorium poster art) and Bill Graham’s “Father Time” robe.
'Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip' opens to the public on Thursday and runs through December.