Dead & Company To Continue Touring Into 2016
On New Year’s Eve, Dead & Company along with John Mayer took the Forum stage by a smokey storm. The band hinted that they would be back touring in 2016 even after the supposed end of their tour.
After the death of frontman, singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia, in 1995, the band continued their music making. The band consists of former Grateful Dead members, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chianti.
The band started their tour in Madison Square Garden and ended it 19 dates later in Los Angeles. This was supposed to be their last stop but after telling the crowd “at the risk of rocking any boats — known and unknown — we’ll see you next year,” it is clear we will see the super group again.
The crowd responded with cheers at this announcement. Also in attendance was Jerry Garcia’s daughter, Trixie Garcia. Another surprise the show had in store was a faux-burning joint suspended from the ceiling. The “joint” landed on stage with Mayer taking out his phone to capture the moment.
Mayer seemed confident as he strummed his guitar with ease among the grandfathers of soulful sound. He shared the spotlight on bluesy numbers like “West LA Fadeaway” and on the signature classics like “Bertha,” “Althea” and “China Cat Sunflower.” He also lent his sultry vocals during he chorus to “Ramble On Rose.” The set lasted from 8 pm to almost 1 am with two intermissions.
The band was able to create the air of nostalgia as they played their not so last show. As the night came to a close, Mayer left the crowd with his humble words: “”Thank you or accepting me into this beautiful home.”