Photo Caption: Al Zilinsky (left) and John Zias (right) from Unlimited Devotion, a Grateful Dead tribute band performing at Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville earlier this year. (PROVIDED)
First and foremost, Al Zilinsky considers himself a businessman.
But when he was younger, his life revolved around the Grateful Dead. His main focus was on how to get tickets to their concerts.
“I didn’t even worry about food,” Zilinsky said. “Now I’m more balanced.”
Today the 52-year-old’s life centers around his family and his career, but he remains a deadhead for life. In his spare time, he is the rhythm guitarist for Unlimited Devotion, a Grateful Dead tribute band that performs all around Florida. They played June 20 at Terra Fermata.
Zilinsky has been to approximately 250 Grateful Dead concerts, his first was 1977 in Tampa.
The guitarist will be one of the many Florida “Deadheads” attending Grateful Dead reunion shows June 27 and 28 in Santa Clara, California, and July 4 through 6 in Chicago.
“These will be some of the most popular concerts in history,” Zilinsky said of the shows that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the band and feature four of its surviving and original members.