After the highly successful Fare Thee Well run that ended July 5th at Soldier Field, fans demanded more and apparently there will be more – but without Phil Lesh this around from the core group and no Trey Anastasio or Bruce Hornsby. Titled Dead & Company, the sextet features Grateful Dead members Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and Bob Weir joined by bassist Oteil Burbridge, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and guitarist John Mayer. The first confirmed show for Dead & Company is a Halloween gig at Madison Square Garden in New York City. No additional gigs have been announced as of yet, but the band took out this ad in the village voice- so Halloween is a go!
“Fare Thee Well proved to me that I’m not done exploring new rhythmic territory with Mickey — I’m recommending that everyone puts their helmet on, because we are going to blast our way into some serious drums and space,” said Bill Kreutzmann. “And with Mayer riding shotgun with Weir — we’re in good company, so to speak.”
Mayer will join Hart, Kreutzmann and Weir, along with Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. “I deeply love the Dead’s music, and it has inspired me in ways I never imagined. To help carry this music is the opportunity and the honor of a lifetime,” Mayer said.
“We’re not done with these songs and they’re not done with us,” said Weir. “We’re gonna take these old friends on some new adventures.”
Tickets will go on-sale to the general public Friday, August 14th at 10am. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, August 10th at 10am local through Thursday, August 13th at 10pm local. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. Top tier tickets will be priced under $100, and a number of $50 tickets will be made available in honor of the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary.