The Rainforest Benefit was a Grateful Dead concert that took place on September 24, 1988 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Guest artists for the concert included Mick Taylor, Suzanne Vega, Bruce Hornsby, Daryl Hall and John Oates.

In the days leading up to the concert, Animal appeared in a PSA from a tropical setting shouting "Save forest!" and "Deadhead!" over and over again. During one of the concert's set breaks, a video shown on projection screens featured Animal doing a similar shtick while Kermit the Frog urged concertgoers to protect the rainforests. The material was written by Muppet writer Jim Lewis.[1][2]


  1. Wild Things: Children's Culture and Ecocriticism by Sidney I. Dobrin and Kenneth B. Kidd, 2004, Wayne State University Press
  2. Jim Henson's Red Book9/24/1988 – ‘Grateful Dead concert – Animal Promo for Rainforests.’