Dead & Company
Dead & Company is a band consisting of former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir (guitar), Mickey Hart (drums), and Bill Kreutzmann (drums), along with John Mayer (guitar), Oteil Burbridge (bass/drums), and Jeff Chimenti (keyboards).
Dead & Company
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Mayer recounts that in 2011 he was listening to Pandora and happened upon the song "Althea" by the Grateful Dead, and that soon Grateful Dead music was all he would listen to. In February 2015, while Mayer was guest hosting The Late Late Show, he invited Grateful Dead guitar player Bob Weir to join him in a studio performance. A bond developed between the two, and while Weir and the other three surviving core members of the Grateful Dead were preparing for their 50th anniversary shows, dubbed Fare Thee Well, Mayer began practicing the band's large catalog of songs. That August, Mayer and original Grateful Dead members Weir, Hart, and Kreutzmann formed the band, along with keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and bassist Oteil Burbridge. Mayer expressed a particularly strong enthusiasm toward playing with the new band.
Phil Lesh, the original bassist for the Grateful Dead, declined to join. Mike Gordon of Phish briefly auditioned for the bassist role but had to withdraw due to being too busy with other matters.
Dead & Company initially announced only one concert date on October 31, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York but announced a full tour shortly afterwards. The shows were called "magical" (Billboard) and the tour was very well received.
Following the band's final 2015 performance on December 31, 2015, Mayer told fans that they could expect more Dead & Company concerts in 2016 and this was confirmed by Weir when he was interviewed on Periscope. The band initially had one performance confirmed for 2016 at the Bonnaroo Music Festival but announced a full summer tour on February 8, 2016. On February 18, 2016, the band performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote the tour.
In 2016, Mayer and Weir expressed strong optimism about the band's future, including the possibility of new studio recordings. Mayer said he "will never close the door on Dead & Company, ever." Weir spoke of a "cosmic, out-of-body vision" he had, and a subsequent dream, of the band continuing for decades hence:
We were playing...and suddenly I was viewing this from about 20 feet behind my head, and I looked over at John from that point of view and it was 20 years later and John was almost fully gray. I looked over at Oteil and his hair was white. I looked over to my left and Jeff's hair was all gray." [Then, looking to where he, Hart and Kreutzmann would be playing,] "it was new guys, younger guys holding forth, doing a great job...playing with fire and aplomb....It changed my whole view of what it is that we're up to. I find myself wondering, 'Well, what are they gonna be saying about this new approach or this honoring of this tradition? What are they gonna be saying about that in 200 or 300 years at the Berklee School of Music?' That's the kind of stuff that goes through my head now because this legacy here, there's a chance now that they'll be talking about us in years to come. So I find it incumbent on myself to think in those terms.— Bob Weir, Billboard
When Dead & Company played their first festival performance at the 2016 Bonnaroo Music Festival, former Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux sat in with the band for several songs. She joined the band again for their shows at Citi Field in Flushing, NY on June 25 and 26, 2016, and at Fenway Park in Boston, MA on July 15 and 16, 2016.
In a 2017 interview with Rolling Stone, Phil Lesh praised the band's performances, saying "I think they're doing a great job. They're bringing the music to the people just like we always wanted to do, and I commend them for it. I hope they're having a good time. It's not something I could do myself. I'm done with that kind of touring."
On September 7, 2017, Dead & Company officially announced their Fall Tour 2017. The tour began on November 12, 2017 and was scheduled to wrap up on December 8, 2017. However, on December 5, Mayer was hospitalized for an emergency appendectomy, which postponed the New Orleans show that night. Dead & Company subsequently postponed the remaining tour dates, rescheduling them in February, following several independent shows in Mexico. The Fall Tour consisted of 16 shows in 14 cities.
The band has released no studio recordings, but all of the concerts from their 2016, 2017 and 2018 tours have been (or are being) released on CD, on iTunes, on streaming services and through their Livedead.co website.
- Dead & Company 2015 Tour
- Dead & Company Summer Tour 2016
- Dead & Company Summer Tour 2017
- Dead & Company Fall Tour 2017
- Dead & Company Summer Tour 2018
- Dead & Company Summer Tour 2019
The band has played eight concerts that are not officially part of any tour:
- May 23, 2016, The Fillmore, San Francisco (free show)
- November 9, 2017, AT&T Park, San Francisco (single set at Band Together Bay Area benefit concert for victims of the 2017 California wildfires)
- February 15, 17 and 18, 2018, Playing In The Sand, Barceló Maya resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico
- January 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2019, Playing In The Sand, Barceló Maya resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico
- "Dead & Company (Official Facebook Page)". Retrieved 2017-04-17.
Dead & Company is: Mickey Hart - Drums / Percussion; Bill Kreutzmann - Drums / Percussion; John Mayer - Guitar / Vocals; Bob Weir - Guitar / Vocal; Oteil Burbridge - Bass; Jeff Chimenti - Keys
- "The Dead rise again: Dead & Company on tour". CBS News. 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
The group includes three of the Grateful Dead's surviving core four: Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir, joined by John Mayer ('I'm going in tonight, like a 1930s boxer,' he exclaimed); former Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbidge; and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.
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- [Updated] Dead & Company To Perform On ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’
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- "Dead and Company Begin Summer Tour: Set List and Video". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
- 2018 Lock'n lineup
- "Dead & Company". Dead & Company. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
- Bernstein, Scott (November 29, 2018). "Dead & Company Announces Summer Tour 2019". Jam Base. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
- Brooks, Dave (November 29, 2018). "Dead and Company 2019 Summer Tour: See the Dates and Cities". Billboard. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
- Bernstein, Scott (July 8, 2019). "Dead & Company Detail Playing in the Sand 2020". JamBase. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
- "Dead & Company Invite Fans To Free Fillmore Show". CBS SF Bay Area. 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2017-03-05.
- Bernstein, Scott (November 10, 2017). "Dead & Company, Metallica & More Band Together For Northern California Fire Victims". JamBase. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
- "Playing In The Sand". Dead & Company. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
- "Playing In The Sand". Dead & Company. Retrieved January 25, 2019.