The Grateful Dead, originally named Warlock, performed at least 28 songs with references to the moon. No less than SEVEN contained the moon in the title: Mountains of the Moon, Yellow Moon, Standing on the Moon, Picasso Moon, Midnight Moonlight, Silver Apples of the Moon and Mississippi Moon. Although singer Jerry Garcia claimed he conceived the name for the band from a dictionary, many believe it can be traced to a passage in The Egyptian Book of The Dead, "We now return our souls to the creator as we stand on the edge of eternal darkness. Let our chant fill the void in order that others may know. In the land of the night, the ship of the sun is drawn by the grateful dead." They performed countless others live such as Bad Moon Rising and Blue Moon as well as offering a Terrapin Moon t-shirt and several stickers the band promoted which include a siren on the moon, a sun lizard, a man chasing the sun, a jester moon, a lute player, Kokopelli (the trickster), and, of course, lots of skulls and skeletons, the band trademark.

The July 15, 2004 Wall Street Journal front page article on the Bohemian Grove lists Grateful Dead member Bob Weir as an annual attendee. "Bob Weir, the former Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist, has become a Bohemian member and has played at the grove events the past six years. Joining him onstage at times is Steve Miller, the rocker known for such 1970 hits as Jungle Love and The Joker." The article later went on to say, "This month's festivities begin with a giant bonfire called the Cremation of Care, now in its 125th year." What the article fails to mention about the bonfire is that it is a mock sacrifice to a 40 foot stone owl, an ancient Babylonian fire deity named Molech to whom children were sacrificed.

The Grateful dead tune Yellow Moon declares, "Priestess of the sun and moon and goddess of the wind, you know too much to ever lose and not enough to win. Though you built your house upon the rock and not upon the sand, you're still looking out your window for another travelin' man." Picasso Moon, "Picasso moon, blinding ball, spinning fire, the lightning calls. Picasso moon, fall into the sky, rarin' out. I'm gonna testify and stare a shout into that burning eye. Bigger than a drive-in movie, oh my... Heart of darkness, Yea-e-yea-e-e-hoo, Why'm I laughing? This ain't funny. Dark Angel, now just don't start. You'll break my spirit, wreck my heart."