Dead & Company are currently on the road for five-weeks on their 2017 North American summer tour. The John Mayer-fronted rock band featuring three founding members of the Grateful Dead, kicked off their 19-city run on May 27th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Watch the band play a tribute to the late Gregg Allman of the Allman brothers at their first show in Las Vegas.
Last night, the band of rock icons opened their two-part-set at Usana Amphitheatre in West Valley, Utah with ‘Feel Like a Stranger’ from Grateful Dead’s 1980 release Go to Heaven. Multiple covers were incorporated into the bands’ 27-song-set including Willie Dixon’s ‘Wang Dang Doodle’, Bob Dylan’s ‘When I Paint My Masterpiece’, Jimmy Reed’s ‘Big Boss Man’, Jerry Garcia’s ‘Sugaree’, Chuck Berry’s ‘The Promise Land’ and Henry Whitter’s ‘Going Down the Road Feelin Bad’. Dead & Company kicked off the second portion of their West Valley set with Grateful Dead’s ‘Lost Sailor’ from their 1980 release ‘Go to Heaven’. The show was concluded with ‘U.S. Blues’, a 1974 Grateful Dead studio album.
The legendary musicians got their official start together during the summer of 2015, only a few months after the Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” concerts that year. Mayer recently shared his thoughts on sharing the stage with the rock legends, stating “Jerry’s a settler and he set up camp and then he left. But you can still go there, and I think that speaks to how incredible the music is. You can still visit…and it is now a little bit of an oral history, it’s a musical hand-me-down.”
The all-star group is now set to play amphitheaters and stadiums across the United States. The tour will wrap up at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on June 30th and July 1st. For a list of Dead & Company’s remaining tour dates and ticket info, visit Ticketmaster.
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