The legacy of the Grateful Dead will never die. The band’s music will live on, and it continues to grow, albeit with a different band name, a mix of new and original musicians, and a new tour come November. This week, the band announced more stops on its long, strange trip across the country.
On the heels of a successful summer tour that wrapped up in July, Dead & Company —the band comprising former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, drummer Mickey Hart and drummer Bill Kreutzmann, in addition to guitarist John Mayer, bassist/drummer Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti — recently announced its fall tour. Dead & Company will kick off their 15-stop trek across North America at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Nov. 12, with a second night at the storied venue on Tuesday, Nov. 14. It’s worth noting that MSG is where the band made its debut performance on Halloween night, 2015.
Formed two years ago, Dead & Company sprang partly from a friendship cultivated after Mayer, a relatively new “Deadhead,” asked Weir to jam with him in the studio. That relationship turned into a more professional one when Weir invited the singer to join the new band, which came together following the Grateful Dead’s final Fare Thee Well show.
Although the band hasn’t released any studio albums as of yet, it’s no secret that Deadheads relish a live recording. They’re in luck. Each of the band’s 2016 and 2017 summer tour shows has been released via iTunes and on the band’s website, livedead.co. Last week the site released its free Summer 2017 playlist consisting, of four and a half hours’ worth of songs from each stop on the Summer 2017 tour.
As for the Fall 2017 tour, here are some of the new dates announced this week: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The band will wrap up the 14-city run on Friday, Dec. 8 in Sunrise, Florida, at the BB&T Center.
Check for VIP packages for the ultimate experience that can include early entry to the show, commemorative concert tickets and a limited-edition, screen-printed poster. For more information on Dead & Company’s upcoming shows, not to mention tons of ways to nerd out on the Dead, go to livedead.co.