Dead & Company, the band formed by members of the Grateful Dead and John Mayer, have confirmed dates for their forthcoming tour.
At the start of August, Billboard revealed that three of the Dead’s “core four” players – guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann – were going out as Dead & Company, with John Mayer on guitar.
Uncut first reported rumours this was afoot back in May.
Dead & Company’s first appearance will be on October 31 at New York’s Madison Square Garden – the site of more than 50 Grateful Dead shows.
Tickets for the New York show go on sale on Friday, August 14 and cost between $75 – $99.
Now they have announced eight more gigs, according to a new report on Billboard.
Dead & Company will play:
Oct. 29 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
Oct. 31 – New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Nov. 1 – New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Nov. 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Nov. 6 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Nov. 10 – Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
Dec. 27 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Dec. 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Dec. 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Dec. 31 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
The Dead & Company announcement comes shortly after the Grateful Dead’s run of five sold-out shows earlier this summer, billed as Fare Thee Well.
“Those songs weren’t done with us,” Bob Weir explained to Billboard. “It was a matter of who wanted to get back out on the road and keep doing it.” Mayer’s enthusiasm, he adds, “was the cherry on the sundae that made this project look like a good idea.”
Added Bill Kreutzmann, “When we first started playing years ago, it was with Pig Pen, and he was nothing but a blues guy. We took that and made it into the Grateful Dead and we’re doing that with John. And John gets to open up to many styles and doesn’t have to be locked into any one genre. And I think that’s why John is excited to play with us because we offer up a whole new cookie. He’s told me that he’s been at home working on our material like crazy. He’ll be one of us.”
Says Mickey Hart: “All the pieces just fell together magically. There was a kind of serendipity there – when you’re not actually looking for anything and then all of a sudden, it all appears.”
In addition to Mayer, Dead & Company will feature the Allman Brothers’ Oteil Burbridge on bass and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, who played on the recent Fare Thee Well shows.
The band have launched a website: http://deadandcompany.com/.
In other Dead news, Uncut has been hosting a series of online exclusives, previewing unheard tracks from the band’s forthcoming 30 Trips Around The Sun set. Click here to listen to our latest exclusive: an unreleased version of “Scarlet Begonias”. We’ll have another one for you on September 10.
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