Calif. Devout disciples of Jerry Garcia have begun a
gradual, reluctant transition from worshipping the original
Grateful Dead band leader to following his successor,
singer/songwriter John Mayer, sources within the groups compound
The Deadhead members of the Church of Unlimited Devotion have
offered tepid support of their new deity.
Weve known this day was coming for a while, said de-facto ChUD
leader Benny Goode. Some people are pretty upset, but, hey I dont
make the rules, Goode added of the worship group he co-founded.
Lead ChUD scholar Randy McGowan has spent weeks poring over
Mayers catalogue, seeking to formulate new teachings. This isnt
going to be easy, he said. There are lots of lyrics about breaking
up with your old lady, but not much else. It seems like this guys
life has been pretty cool.
In addition to Mayers eight studio albums, McGowan is also
examining tens of minutes of Mayers stand-up comedy.
I hoped [his comedy] could lead to a good sermon, McGowan
admitted. But its pretty weak stuff all it teaches is the power of
unfounded confidence. His Twitter feed will occasionally have
something funny, but its mostly duds.
Other congregants were open about their reservations.
Imagine if your god was replaced by John Mayer, said Joseph
Hinton, known within the church as Mosquito Joe. Its a very real
possibility that my god will try to fuck my girlfriend which I
guess happens in a lot of other cults, to be fair.
Goode maintained, however, that common ground could be found.
For all their differences, Deadheads and John Mayer fans all put on
their cargo shorts one leg at a time, he said. Weve probably got
more in common with John Mayer fans than you think. For starters,
weve all got rich parents. Who do you think paid for all these dry
Despite the concerns, the churchs clergy are looking to the
future. We will weather this storm, Goode said. As it is written,
Live now with purpose, and you will be rewarded in Wonderland.