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11/08/17 - JamBase: Dead & Company To Play ‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’
11/02/17 - From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Now, in addition to this month’s sold-out indoor swing, Dead & Company is scheduled to make an appearance Thursday, Nov 9, at Band Together Bay Area, the North Bay firestorm benefit concert at AT&T Park, and is planning another extensive tour next summer.11/02/17 - From Billboard:
Dead & Co. has been touring regularly since early 2016, and Hart says the group, which focuses on a Grateful Dead repertoire, may also produce some new music of its own. "We've talked about it," Hart says. "We've got some new songs from Hunter, and we're considering it, just thinking about schedules and when we want to go in the studio and so forth and so on."09/07/17 - Dead & Company Fall Tour dates are up:
November 12 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden07/25/17 - Dead & Company will play at Riviera Maya, Mexico on February 15–18, 2018.
November 14 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
November 16 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
November 17 Boston, MA – TD Garden
November 21 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
November 22 Hartford, CT – XL Center
November 24 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
November 25 Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
November 28 Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
November 29 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
December 1 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
December 2 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
December 5 New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
December 7 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
December 8 Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
06/29/17 - Chicago Tribune: Dead and Company keeps the Grateful Dead spirit alive
06/21/17 - From the Washington Post:
For [Oteil] Burbridge, this isn’t just a gig, either. He’s in Dead & Company for the long haul and plans to continue playing Grateful Dead music whenever this band’s trip ends.06/19/17 - Relix: Phil Lesh and Bob Weir Team Up for Sound Summit 2017
06/14/17 - From the Boston Globe:
Besides RatDog, Weir said Dead & Company is his favorite of the bands, and has the potential to go for years. “This one has a lot of promise,” he says.05/26/17 - Relix: Dead & Company: "You Can Still Make It Home"
05/25/17 - From Rolling Stone:
Asked whether he'd considered inviting Hart and Kreutzmann along for the Terrapin Station performance [with Bob Weir at the 2017 Lockn' Festival], Lesh says he has not. "We have a drummer," he explains. And as for whether he's on good terms with them, he says, "We don't really communicate much at all, but that's just the way of the world."05/05/17 - Live for Live Music: Former Grateful Dead, RatDog, Jefferson Airplane Members Hit The Road With LIVE DEAD '69 Tribute
Beyond that, though, he says he's excited by what Weir and the drummers have done with Dead & Company. "I think they're doing a great job," he says. "They're bringing the music to the people just like we always wanted to do, and I commend them for it. I hope they're having a good time.
"It's not something I could do myself," he adds. "I'm done with that kind of touring."
05/05/17 - Rolling Stone: Bob Weir on Dead & Company's Summer Tour, Legendary 1977 Shows
04/14/17 - Billboard: Jack Johnson, Norah Jones & Phil Lesh to Headline Monterey Pop 50th Anniversary Fest
04/12/17 - From Relix:
The Dead & Company name came courtesy of Mayer. “There are only so many iterations of Dead,” he explains. “I brought it up and it seemed right because it lives just between new and of course.”04/10/17 - From Rolling Stone Issue 1285:
The name stuck, even following a freewheeling group chat in which Hart, Kreutzmann and Weir spitballed some alternatives. “There were some incredibly wild suggestions,” Mayer remembers. “I’m a big fan of wild brainstorm sessions, but this is something wilder than I’ve ever seen. It was hilarious. But whatever name we were going to choose would have to be validated by the music. We could have called ourselves anything and, if the music was right, then the phonetics of whatever words we selected was going to sound right.”
Weir hopes to hit the studio with Dead & Company next year, possibly for an LP of Dead classics in Spanish. "It's gonna take an act of Congress because of conflicting contractual obligations," he says, "but I'd love to do it."04/06/17 - From JamBase:
Mayer brought up a topic he has mentioned in other recent interviews in that he really enjoys being a part of a band instead of a solo artist. “When I’m with Dead & Company, the band is a part of my life and I’m a part of their life. The fans are a part of my life and I’m a part of their lives. I’m a part of the band, I play the guitar. Bob Weir sings, Billy plays the drums, Mickey plays the drums – I’m there not as a star…I’m there to help that crowd go to that place,” the Connecticut native said.03/30/17 - Rolling Stone: Phil Lesh, Bob Weir to Perform 'Terrapin Station' at Lockn' Fest
He goes on to call Jerry Garcia “the most alive dead person that’s ever lived and died.” The guitarist feels Deadheads keep Jerry’s spirit alive. “He’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.” Mayer reiterated his intention to remain part of the Dead experience for the long haul, “This is never going to be over for me as long as I live. I will always be part of it and I will always continue doing it.”
03/27/17 - JamBase: Acoustic-4-A-Cure IV To Feature Sammy Hagar, Bob Weir, Dave Grohl & More
03/24/17 - JamBase: John Mayer Talks Feeling Of Inclusion He Gets From Dead & Company
03/23/17 - Jambands.com: John Mayer: Dead & Company "Saved My Life"
03/14/17 - Relix: Bob Weir, Mickey Hart Respond to John Mayer’s Ad: “You’re one of us now”
03/01/17 - Live Dead '69 (with Tom Constanten, Mark Karan and Slick Aguilar) Spring Tour Dates are up. Robin Sylvester & Jay Lane have joined for selected headline dates.
02/23/17 - From a Guitar Player interview with Bob Weir:
Are you planning to continue balancing dates with your Blue Mountain band and Dead & Company?01/23/17 - Bob Weir & the Campfire Band Spring Tour Dates are up.
Yes. The plan is to do a bit of both, and maybe some other stuff, as well. I’m hoping to have the new [D’Angelico signature] acoustic ready for the summer.
01/23/17 - JamBase: Woody Harrelson & John Popper Perform With Grateful Dead Members At Sundance
01/10/17 - During Grateful Dead Tribute Night (8/3/17) at the Giants game in San Francisco, "members of the original band, as well as members of the Garcia family are scheduled to be in attendance and participating in special pre-game components taking place on-field."
01/10/17 - From Relix:
Melissa Etheridge: John Mayer tells me he’s gonna send me the five songs that will make me understand why I should be playing with the Grateful Dead. He wants to get me into it, and I am not against it.12/16/16 - Radio.com: Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart on Returning to Planet Drum
12/06/16 - From JamBase:
Mayer’s Dead & Company experience has reinvigorated his musical career and he discussed as much in a new interview with New York City radio station Fresh 102.7.12/01/16 - Dead & Company 2017 Tour dates are up:
“It was one of the greatest things, if not the greatest thing, that happened in my career since actually having a musical career,” said Mayer about Dead & Company. “It just opened so many more doors…it’s excited me again,” the guitarist added.
May. 27 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, NV11/25/16 - From a Jambands.com interview with Bob Weir:
May. 28 Ak-Chin Pavilion Phoenix , AZ
May. 31 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA
Jun. 3 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA
Jun. 4 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA
Jun. 7 USANA Amphitheatre Salt Lake City, UT
Jun. 9 Folsom Field Boulder, CO
Jun. 10 Folsom Field Boulder, CO
Jun. 13 Lakewood Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA
Jun. 15 KeyBank Pavilion Burgettstown, PA
Jun. 17 Fenway Park Boston, MA
Jun. 18 Fenway Park Boston, MA
Jun. 20 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY
Jun. 22 Jiffy Lube Live Bristow, VA
Jun. 24 CITI Field Flushing , NY
Jun. 25 BB&T Pavilion Camden, NJ
Jun. 28 Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Jun. 30 Wrigley Field Chicago, IL
Jul. 1 Wrigley Field Chicago, IL
Do you anticipate that you’ll do additional shows with the live unit that you toured with in October? Or that perhaps you’ll head into the studio with those particular players?11/25/16 - JamBase: Bob Weir To Appear With Jackie Greene Band At Hometown Birthday Show
It was fun and we were just starting to get good toward the end of tour, predictably enough. We were having too much fun to just walk away from it so we’ll get back to that in a little bit. We’ll have some live shows coming up early-ish next year.
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I just saw a picture of you rehearsing for the Los Muertos con Queso event at the end of January. Can you talk a little bit about what that process was like? I think some people might be surprised that it’s over two months out and you’re already working on it.
We thought we’d get a jump on it. Tommy Hamilton was in town here and he’s part of the band. Dave Schools, lives a bit north of here but not far and Jeff [Chimenti] is in the San Francisco area so we’re all fairly local and with Tommy in town we took it as an opportunity to get in some rehearsal. We got a couple days in and had a lot of fun.
Did you have an idea of what you wanted it to be going into that?
We know a bit about what folks are going to want to hear but we don’t know until we all get together and start kicking stuff around what the band is going to be really good at. We know that folks are going to want to hear some chestnuts, so we worked up a bunch of chestnuts. We did a lot of choral vocal rehearsals, so that we have a good vocal blend and everybody knows the parts—the vocal parts are fairly complicated in many cases. We figured we ought to get a jump on that so we have plenty of that to offer and then as far as straight up playing is concerned we’ll just see where that takes us. Everybody’s a good player.
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Let’s jump to Dead and Company. It sounds like there might be plans to tour some more and also to record. What can you say about that?
We’re looking at all of the above. I’m more interested in recording I think than some of the guys—I just think it’d be fun to get into the studio with that outfit [laughs] But nobody buys records anymore so we’d have to view it kind as a hobby. That said I’d love to do that. We’re also looking at some dates in the not too distant future.
10/25/16 - From a Rolling Stone interview with Bob Weir:
You've been dealing with shoulder issues for years. What's your physical regimen like?10/22/16 - From CBS News:
I like to swing things around, like hammers. It's an ancient practice. The Sanskrit word is gada. It really strengthens all the muscles in your shoulder.
What aspects of your lifestyle have you had to give up?
Oh, you know, I can't drink like I used to.
Was that a problem?
Well, depends on who you talk to. Some of the writing Barlow and I did, in particular, there was liquor involved. But I'm not as serious about drinking as I used to be. When I was more concerned with knocking 'em back, I wasn't focusing on the delights a good glass of wine has to offer.
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What's the best advice you ever received?
It was from a judge in a juvenile court when I was up on pot charges, which was a big deal back in the Sixties. He advised me to watch the company I keep. Directly after that time, I was keeping the company of what basically became the Dead. I followed his advice, but I don't think he would have thought that at the time.
Has Phil Lesh ever commented to you on Dead & Company?
He hasn't weighed in, and I'm not sure what he would make of it. He has a different approach to the music than we've developed. I'm not entirely sure he could just plug into Dead & Company seamlessly.
Has playing with John Mayer in Dead & Company made you think about what will happen to the Dead's music when the original members are gone?
There was a moment on our first tour when we were feeling our way into the next tune, "Scarlet Begonias." I had a flash, and it was 20 years later. I looked to my right and John's hair had turned to gray. I looked back on the drum riser and there were two kids back there. All holding forth and serving the music. Then the flash was over. But it made me realize that if we serve this legacy, it'll go on and people will teach this in music school in 200 or 300 years. I saw that trajectory.
[Bob Weir] just spent the summer touring with his band, Dead & Company, which includes three of the four surviving core members of the Grateful Dead and John Mayer.10/12/16 - From JamBase:
“Are you going to be going back to that, do you think?” Mason asked.
“That’s the plan. I am not supposed to talk about that. We are trying to stay open for that,” Weir said.
Meanwhile, he is also working on an orchestral piece, producing a TV show, and writing a book.
“So, you know, if I get bored, I don’t know how that’s going to happen,” Weir said.
Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart has been added to a concert featuring his longtime collaborator, tabla master Zakir Hussain, who is currently touring with talented sitarist Niladri Kumar. Hart will join the duo at their October 26 at Zellerbach Hall on the campus of the University Of California Berkeley.10/12/16 - JamBase: Bob Weir To Appear On ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ & ‘Saturday Sessions’
09/26/16 - Bill Kreutzmann & Bob Weir with Dave Schools, Jeff Chimenti & Tom Hamilton will play at Riviera Maya, Mexico on January 25–28, 2017.
09/23/16 - Billboard: Bob Weir Grateful to Get Back in Touch With His Cowboy Side at Americana Fest
09/22/16 - Billboard: Americana Awards Show Highlights: George Strait, Bob Weir, Lumineers, Jason Isbell & More
09/17/16 - Jambands.com: Bob Weir to Play Acoustic Show at Amoeba Music Hollywod
09/13/16 - Entertainment Weekly: See Bob Weir and Grace Potter duet on 'Friend of The Devil'
08/22/16 - Jambands.com: AmericanaFest Announces Bob Weir Album Preview, Q&A
08/15/16 - JamBase: Sammy Hagar & Friends Benefit For Kiddo Endowment To Feature Bob Weir
08/10/16 - Huffington Post: The Dead Rise Again
08/09/16 - Rolling Stone: See Bob Weir Lead All-Star 'Touch of Grey' at Jerry Garcia Tribute Concert
08/06/16 - Jambands.com: Bob Weir Plays Solo Acoustic Relix Session
08/05/16 - Billboard: Grateful Dead's Bob Weir Previews First Solo Album in Nearly 40 Years at NYC Concert
08/05/16 - From JamBase:
When asked whether Bob would perform solo for a section of each show, Kaufman and Weir indicated that had yet to be worked out but was certainly possible.08/04/16 - From Jambands.com:
Bob Weir took to the stage following the announcement of his new solo record Blue Mountain earlier tonight at The McKittrick Hotel in New York City.08/04/16 - Bob Weir Campfire Tour dates are up. The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY is billing the event as "An Evening With Bob Weir Ft. Aaron Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, Scott Devendorf, & Josh Kaufman."
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Weir closed the night by fielding a few questions from the crowd, with the notable bits addressing the touring format. Kaufman and Weir both noted that the whole band has yet to get together but that there are roughly 18 cowboy songs completed and they will mix those in with some other Dead material.
08/02/16 - Jambands.com: Bob Weir Joins Heart of Gold Band at Sweetwater
08/02/16 - JamBase: Bob Weir Added To Lineup For ‘Last Waltz’ 40th Anniversary Celebration
08/01/16 - From Bozeman Magazine:
Ken Thorsen: Before I take too much more of your time, what is the future of Dead & Co? Are you guys going to play some more?07/19/16 - From the San Diego Union-Tribune:
John Mayer: I think we are going to try our hardest. I have to put a record out because it’s almost finished; I have to express myself in that way. Part of Dead & Company’s power comes from this being an answer to the normal work that I do. But let me put it this way, there’s nothing right now that I’m hiding on the books but I think everybody on my end and also on the side of everyone else in the band is going to work some way to do both as much as we can. That said even if it’s just a run every year, I know I’ll take the time to do it. I really think it’s a matter of how do you get this many people in one space at one time and find a way to make it pay for itself. I mean it’s hard if money wasn’t an issue in terms of what it costs to get the Titanic to float you know? We would drop in and do shows every other weekend!
KT: We’d see you at the Pine Creek, wouldn’t we?
JM: You’d see us at the Pine Creek! But the way that this works is just the reality of the situation. When you have this sort of conglomerate that you have to tore in a sort of a capacity that will pay for putting it on. If I could go out and not make a dime on it, I would totally do it, but it’s just hard to drop in and do a garden on Halloween. We’d get sent a bill, you know what I mean? That’s the thing, but never has there been such a fun puzzle to figure out because it’s all out of love for doing this. I think right now it would be silly and wrong in the spirit of the way we all feel as a band to go I mean I’ll do this for the rest of my life as long as they want to do this. It’s just a matter of seemingly trying to integrate playing my shows and making my records and then dropping into a town and starting there and taking two days to rehearse. I think it can be done. This is the band that built the wall of sound; we’ll figure out a way to do it. I’ll certainly do whatever it takes to carve out the time, but I still want to write my stories as an artist because I’ve got this output of songs that have to come out in a certain time in your life after you write them so that you can keep making and telling your story.
Another advantage for Burbridge is that he has the blessing of original Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. In playing songs by the Dead, Burbridge strives to strike a balance between forging his own musical path and having reverence for what Lesh played before him. The caveat, of course, is that Lesh — like the Dead itself — never played any song the same way twice.07/18/16 - From the Department of Tangents:
“It’s definitely both approaches, because Phil’s philosophy gives you carte blanche,” Burbridge said. “What am I going to do? Because there’s nothing I can do that’s too weird! I was just talking with Phil a couple of days ago, and he quoted Beethoven: ‘It’s an artist’s duty to confound expectations, even your own.’”
[Paul McCartney's 7/17/16 Fenway Park] encore included a couple of special guests, including Bob Weir, still in town after the Dead played Fenway last week. McCartney introduced him, surprisingly, as “someone I’ve never played with before, but I always wanted to.” Weir sounded great adding fills and solos to “Hi Hi Hi” and “Helter Skelter.”07/17/16 - Jambands.com: Bob Weir Joins Paul McCartney at Fenway
07/16/16 - JamBase: Dead & Company Conclude Visit To Fenway Park In Boston With Donna Jean Godchaux
07/15/16 - JamBase: Dead & Company Make Fenway Park Debut In Boston With Donna Jean Godchaux
07/13/16 - From a Boston Globe interview with Mickey Hart:
Q. How long would you say it took Mayer to settle into the matrix?07/01/16 - Colorado Daily: Grateful Dead members — and thousands of Deadheads — return to CU's Folsom Field
A. It was really instantaneous. I think what had appeared to be enthusiasm for the band turned into a music lust: He really wanted it badly. He stayed out in his camper for months behind the studio, and came in as a student. He gelled right away, once he started really learning the songs. He’s got a great memory. He’s kind of like a pop star in recovery, you know? [Laughs]
Early in the first tour — this is a funny little thing that’ll give you an idea of how far our worlds were apart — we played a first set and [makes dismissive sound]. We didn’t play the last song; Bob thought “that’s it,” and puts his guitar down and walks off. That was the signal that that was the end of the set. And John stayed in front. I saw John just looking around, he didn’t know what was going on, the whole band left and he was on the stage. So I went out there and said, Hey, John, the set’s over, are you going to play a solo now? [Laughs] He says, “It’s over? We didn’t play all the songs!” And I said, Welcome to the Grateful Dead.
06/29/16 - From Facebook.com/BobbyWeir:
Bob Weir06/29/16 - From the Denver Post:
I'm devastated to pass along that Rob Wasserman lost his struggle today, and we have lost a beautiful friend and artist. I can still hear the sound of his bow playing those strings unamplified and pure. It's one of the most glorious sounds I've ever heard, and the music and warmth he gave us will live on in the hearts of everyone he touched.
Talking to Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir, who handles guitar and vocals for Dead and Company, the band very nearly returned to the college circuit last year. Weir said Dead and Company and half of its management were enthusiastic about the idea, but talks fell through. The band ended up playing “hockey halls,” as Weir put it, instead, like Broomfield’s 1stBank Center.06/29/16 - From JamBase:
For Weir, young fans bring an energy that’s hard to match.
“College crowds are livelier,” Weir said. “It’s fun to play for kids who are just coming to an awareness that there’s a huge world of music out there that’s not what’s on Top 40 radio.”
Weir said he’s been heartened by the amount of “college-age and younger” fans at Dead and Company shows so far.
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“There’s a certain kind of person born with an unquenchable thirst for adventure,” he added. “We are those people, and so are our fans.”
With them in mind, Weir said the band will continue to push for another college tour or two — or six.
“It’s an itch I’d like to scratch,” he said.
If nothing else, they have Folsom Field. The band’s show at the University of Colorado is the only campus this iteration of the Dead has played, and the sole college show scheduled for their current tour.
Their set at June’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival, every budding frat star’s summer road trip destination, was perhaps the closest they’ve come to playing a college audience. That show yielded a couple of surprises: a political tirade by Weir after the recent shooting in Orlando, and the return of longtime back-up singer Donna Jean Godchaux, who has only appeared with the band sporadically since leaving in 1979. (Asked whether Boulder fans could expect Godchaux this weekend: “It’s at least on our minds.”)
A musical question was served [John Mayer's] way with the guitarist re-iterating his solo album is due early next year. [Bob Weir] jumped into the discussion and revealed “I’ve got a solo album coming out before his” giving us some insight into the potential release of his long-awaited cowboy album.06/27/16 - Jambands.com: Donna Jean Helps Dead & Company Close Out Citi Field Run
06/26/16 - Deadheadland: NEW YEARS EVE 2016 SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! Phil Lesh and Friends in Hawaii!
06/25/16 - JamBase: Dead & Company Welcomes Donna Jean Godchaux At Citi Field Debut In Queens
06/24/16 - Jambands.com: Donna Jean Godchaux to Reunite Heart of Gold Band for Jerry Garcia’s Birthday at Sweetwater
06/24/16 - Jambands.com: Mickey Hart and Dead & Company: "It’s not always in the technique; it’s in the synchronizing"
06/23/16 - Washington Times: Mayer: Playing with the Dead is ‘incomparable’
06/22/16 - Huffington Post: Dead And Company Is This Summer’s Must-See Act
06/21/16 - JamBase: Bob Weir & John Mayer To Guest On Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’
06/21/16 - Rolling Stone: John Mayer on Playing With Dead & Company: 'It's Like Catching Air'
06/20/16 - Hartford Courant: Dead & Company Makes Grateful Dead Music Its Own
06/16/16 - JamBase: Making Peace With The Low End: Oteil Burbridge Talks Dead & Co, Allmans & More
06/13/16 - Jambands.com: Dead & Company Close Out Bonnaroo with Donna Jean Godchaux
06/12/16 - The Tennessean: Bonnaroo 2016: Grateful Dead icon Bob Weir receives Les Paul Spirit Award
06/12/16 - The Tennessean: Grateful Dead's Bob Weir speaks about Orlando tragedy at Bonnaroo
06/12/16 - CBS News: The resurrection of the Grateful Dead
06/12/16 - From CBS News:
On the road last year, Bob Weir had a dream that persuaded him the Dead's long, strange trip has a long way to go....06/10/16 - CBS Local: John Mayer Equates Playing with Dead & Company to Acting with Al Pacino
"We were on stage, and suddenly I found myself, like, 20 feet behind my own head looking at myself playing. And then I look over at him (Mayer). His hair is grey and it's 20 years later. And then I look back at myself. There's somebody with brownish-blondish hair in his late 20s. Not me. This is the music going on [without me]."
"How did it feel?"
"It felt altogether right. You know, okay, that's what I've been up to all my life."
06/09/16 - From Twitter.com/CBSSunday:
CBS Sunday Morning06/08/16 - JamBase: Dead & Company Announces Live Downloads & SPAC Webcast
Our @AnthonyMasonCBS (here with @BobWeir) digs up the deep jams with @deadandcompany this Sunday
06/08/16 - Creative Loafing Charlotte: Dead & Co. keep a Grateful spirit alive
06/06/16 - Jambands.com: Red Bull Details Bonnaroo Live Stream Lineup
06/02/16 - Entertainment Weekly: Dead & Company to donate $100,000 to pro-LGBT organizations in North Carolina
06/01/16 - On Tap Online: The Grateful Dead Comes Back to Life: Dead & Company at Jiffy Lube Live
05/31/16 - From Rolling Stone:
Weir was less absolute when asked if Dead & Company really is a new band: Isn't it still the Grateful Dead – in another form, separate and yet inseparable? "You just encapsulated it," he conceded. "It's a question – and a fair question. Maybe no answer can come." The guitarist did say this, with certainty: "There is nothing rote happening there," Weir said of Dead & Company. "We're not playing out of habits. The songs are anew for us."05/27/16 - For Guitar Players Only: John Mayer talks about life in Dead & Company
David Fricke: Was there a point in a show or set, during a song, on the tour last fall when you realized Dead & Company had gone from being a good idea to something with a future?
Bob Weir: Yeah, there was. I had a little flash while we were playing one night. It was toward the end of the tour. I don't remember what city it was in. We were getting into the second set, setting up a tune. We were all playing, but the tune hadn't begun yet. We were all feeling out the groove, just playing with it.
Suddenly I was 20 feet behind my own head, looking at this and kind of happy with the way the song was shaping up. I started looking around, and it was 20 years later. John's hair had turned gray. Oteil's had turned white. I looked back at the drummers, and it was a couple of new guys. I looked back at myself, the back of my head, and it was a new guy. It changed my entire perception of what it is we're up to.
David Fricke: The thing about the Grateful Dead is that, all the way through, the combination of players kept changing – right up to Fare Thee Well last year with Trey Anastasio on guitar. The band, in all of its forms, withstands change yet embraces it.
Bob Weir: Absolutely. That little flash changed the way I think about my whole approach to what we're doing with this band: decisions made in the moment; what note to play here, what note to play there, where to route our tour, how to present our show – all that stuff, from big to small. But particularly in terms of the music and how we put it together – my consideration is, "What are they going to be saying about this in 200, 300 years, in music schools?" It gives me some perspective to light the situation.
05/27/16 - From JamBase:
Dead & Company has teamed with nugs.net to offer each night of the coming tour on CD and MP3, lossless and hi-resolution downloads.05/26/16 - From Live for Live Music:
L4LM: Bob Weir recently spoke about a dream he had, where he saw you with white hair playing in Dead & Company long after he was gone. Are you planning to fulfill his prophecy?05/25/16 - From Rolling Stone:
Oteil Burbridge: You know my lot in life seems to have been primarily to help classic rockers keep their flames fed, stoked and oxygenated. And while I'm honored that Bob, Bill and Mickey feel that way, I don't like to talk or think about when they have passed on. It is so amazing when you have nights like the Fillmore and people who saw the Dead there back in the old days tell you how much they loved your show. To be a part of that history is simply overwhelming. I don't know how else to put it. I really freaked out that night. In a good way.
But I guarantee you I will be playing this music for the rest of my life. Plus I still have so many tunes to learn. It's possible that it's gonna take me the rest of my life! The one thing that I will say about life after the original members have passed on is thank God for the Chimentis, Kimocks, and Kadleciks out there to help the future generations get it just right. Their insights concerning this music have been a huge help to me. They are true apostles of this music. They have their own things too to be sure. But I don't know who knows this music any more thoroughly than them.
The various members of Dead & Company have continuing, individual careers; Mayer expects to finish his next solo album after this tour, and Weir has his own solo project in the wings, a record of cowboy songs featuring members of the National. But Weir is looking at Dead & Company as a potential studio entity. "We need to put in another tour – or two," he says, then suggests an intriguing concept: a mixture of new material with Dead songs never fully addressed by that band in the studio like "The Other One" and "Dark Star." "That would be something of an adventure," Weir claims.05/18/16 - Dead & Company will play a free show 05/23/16 at The Fillmore in San Francisco.
05/18/16 - From The Guardian:
Weir is also working alongside Stanford University’s music director, Giancarlo Aquilanti, to bring the Grateful Dead’s signature improvisational style to the orchestral world. “I’m also doing a TV show, I’m writing a book and I’ve got a solo record coming out,” he says.04/30/16 - Jambands.com: Phil Lesh and Bob Weir Share the Stage in Marin
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When asked whether a summer concert series alongside Hart and Kreutzmann undercuts the finality of the previous summer’s tour, Weir lets out a hearty chuckle. “Of course it does,” he says. “I’m nowhere near done with that heritage and legacy, and this is a new way of approaching it.”
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This autumn, Weir is also eagerly anticipating the results of the American presidential election, which he believes will have a positive effect no matter who emerges victorious.
“I think if Hillary [Clinton] – who is in all likelihood going to be nominated for the Democrats – wins, it will be because she incorporates a lot of what Bernie Sanders is saying, and the government will tilt that way,” he said. “If Trump wins, I think the whole thing is going to blow up and we’re going to start over, and that’s always a good thing to do.”
Though some feared Fare Thee Well would mark the end of the Grateful Dead’s touring legacy, Weir assures fans that he will continue playing Grateful Dead classics for the foreseeable future, no matter who occupies the stage with him.
“Whatever I’m going to be doing, a lot of it will be furthering this heritage, this legacy,” he said. “I’m not the guy who was saying it was the last show. I’m good to play.”
04/29/16 - Dead & Company will play an outdoor mini-concert 5/10/16 for Jimmy Kimmel Live in Los Angeles.
04/28/16 - From Blackbird Presents:
Blackbird Presents and Concord Bicycle Music are partnering to distribute three of Blackbird Presents’ most extraordinary concert events. The upcoming releases include “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music” to be released via Concord Records and “The Life & Songs Of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration” and “Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia,” both to be available via Rounder Records. All three will be available in a range of configurations, including CD, DVD, two-disc CD/DVD packages, and all digital formats. Blackbird is also poised to begin discussions with a range of broadcast outlets for these concert specials. Official street dates and complete tracklistings for all three releases will be announced soon.04/20/16 - A 12-minute film shot in virtual reality at the Santa Clara 6/27/15 Dead show premiered this week at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the filmmakers have also discussed the possibility of shooting VR clips of Dead & Company. From Rolling Stone:
This year, Jaunt [Studios] will again be working with McCartney on virtual-reality footage of his current tour, and the company has also discussed the possibility of shooting VR clips of summer's shows featuring the Dead spin-off, Dead & Company.04/19/16 - From CBS Local:
Jaunt filmed the entirety of the reformed Dead's two Santa Clara "Fare Thee Well" shows, a total of nine hours of footage, but plans have not yet been finalized about releasing the rest of the concerts. "We're working in conjunction with the band about when to release more," says Plumer. "We want to make it available to the fans."
[John Mayer said,] "I’m back in the studio making the record. I’ll finish it by the end of the year. And this year will have been a year that I was both in this band touring, and finishing my record, so that next year will be a solo artist sort of a year. But I will never close the door on Dead & Company, ever."04/14/16 - Bob Weir will sit in with Slightly Stoopid at TRI Studios on 4/21/16 and perform in Toronto on 5/15/16.
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One question many fans have is: How long will this particular collective go on for? Well, Weir shared a vision of the band that wouldn’t even include Hart, Kreutzmann or himself. “This is the first I’ve actually expounded on it in the press, I think,” he said. During a performance on the last tour, he had a vision of the future. “I looked over at John, and it was 20 years later. And John was almost fully gray. I looked over at Oteil and his hair was white. I looked over to my left and Jeff’s hair was all gray. Looked back at the drummers, and it was a couple of new guys, younger guys, doing a great job. I looked back at the back of my head, and it was some kid in his twenties, delivering with fire and aplomb. And then that same vision came back to me later that night in a dream. I came out of a dream, woke up having seen that same thing, only in greater detail. And it changed my whole view of what it is that we’re up to.”
04/13/16 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Bob Weir, John Mayer talk possible Dead & Company studio album
04/12/16 - Forbes: John Mayer And Bob Weir On Breathing New Life Into Grateful Dead Songs
04/07/16 - From Billboard:
The question of how long this chapter of the long, strange trip will go on remains open-ended, of course. Despite continuing his solo career, Mayer does intend to maintain his ties to the band. "I will never close the door on Dead & Company, ever," he said. "I think as long as there's a desire to do it, I know how to carve time out. It's always going to be worth doing. I will do Dead & Company as long as fans want it and as long as it feels like there's something on the table to try to get right and explore." Weir, meanwhile, spoke about a cosmic, out-of-body vision he had at the end of last year's tour, and then a subsequent dream, that indicated Dead & Company could even outlive some of its primary members.03/29/16 - Jambands.com: John Mayer Joins Tales From the Golden Road to Talk Dead & Company and More
"We were playing...and suddenly I was viewing this from about 20 feet behind my head, and I looked over at John from that point of view and it was 20 years later and John was almost fully gray. I looked over at Oteil and his hair was white. I looked over to my left and Jeff's hair was all gray." And when he looked to where he, Hart and Kreutzmann would be, "it was new guys, younger guys holding forth, doing a great job...playing with fire and aplomb....It changed my whole view of what it is that we're up to. I find myself wondering, 'Well, what are they gonna be saying about this new approach or this honoring of this tradition? What are they gonna be saying about that in 200 or 300 years at the Berklee School of music?' That's the kind of stuff that goes through my head now because this legacy here, there's a chance now that they'll be talking about us in years to come. So I find it incumbent on myself to think in those terms."
03/29/16 - JamBase: John Mayer Talks Dead & Company On ‘Tales From The Golden Road’
03/24/16 - Grateful Dead Meet-Up At The Movies 2016 will feature 7/2/89 from Foxboro, MA. "In addition to the full show, Dead & Co will show footage from the fall tour, behind the scenes & Interviews leading up to the summer tour."
03/14/16 - From Instagram.com/JohnMayer:
johnmayer03/14/16 - Additional Dead & Company Summer Tour dates are up:
One last little group of dates for @deadandcompany to close out the '16 tour dates. I love that we're finishing up at Shoreline (outside San Fran) because... always leave things where you found them.
Jul. 22 Moda Center, Portland, OR03/06/16 - From Facebook.com/MickeyHart:
Jul. 23 The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
Jul. 26 Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
Jul. 27 Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA
Jul. 29 Toyota Amphitheatre, Wheatland, CA
Jul. 30 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
Mickey Hart02/08/16 - Dead & Company Summer Tour dates are up:
Early on in the Dead & Company tour I remember thinking “I don’t see this as a blip. It’s a real entity and it’s making a lot of people happy.” A celebration of what began over 50 years ago.
Jun. 10 PNC Music Pavillion, Charlotte, NC02/04/16 - Dead & Company will appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2/18/16.
Jun. 12 Bonnaroo Festival (Exact Date TBA), Manchester, TN
Jun. 16 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
Jun. 17 Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
Jun. 20 BB&T Pavillion, Camden, NJ
Jun. 21 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
Jun. 23 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
Jun. 25 Citi Field, New York, NY
Jun. 26 Citi Field, New York, NY
Jun. 28 Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CT
Jul. 2 Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
Jul. 3 Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
Jul. 7 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
Jul. 9 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Elkhorn, WI
Jul. 10 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Elkhorn, WI
Jul. 13 First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
Jul. 15 Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Jul. 16 Fenway Park, Boston, MA
01/19/16 - From Consequence of Sound:
Bonnaroo formally announced its 2016 lineup on Tuesday night’s edition of Conan. As first reported by Consequence of Sound, Pearl Jam will top this year’s lineup alongside LCD Soundsystem and Dead and Company, the new collaboration featuring members of the Grateful Dead and John Mayer, who will play two sets over the course of the weekend.01/15/16 - From Jambands.com:
[On yesterday's Periscope Q&A with Bob Weir he hinted] at possible new music from the Grateful Dead/John Mayer collaboration. “We talk about all that kind of stuff,” Weir says about Dead & Company’s plans for new music. “We’re not ready to do that yet, but it’s a goal of ours.”01/15/16 - From JamBase:
Towards the end of the chat [Leilani] Munter asked, “when will fans get to see more Dead & Company and RatDog in the future?” Weir responded, “soon come, there will be plenty of both in the future” and clarified “both RatDog and Dead & Company.” He went on talk about the current Dead & Company moniker, “I’m pushing to change the name to DeadCo because it’s a lot easier to say.” Bobby added about Dead & Company, or should we say DeadCo, “we had enough fun on that last tour to see every clear indication that we oughta chase that muse.”01/14/16 - Live for Live Music: Bonnaroo Accidentally Leaks 2016 Lineup With Phone App Update
01/14/16 - Music Times: Bonnaroo Lineup 2016 Leaks: Pearl Jam, LCD Soundsystem, Dead and Co. and More to Play
01/14/16 - Crave Online: Did The 2016 Bonnaroo Lineup Leak After a Mobile App Slip-Up?
01/14/16 - There will be a live Periscope Q&A with Bob Weir today at 5pm PST.
01/01/16 - The Events page on the official Dead & Company site says, "There is nothing to display yet, check back soon."
01/01/16 - From Billboard:
A two-night New Year's celebration at Los Angeles' The Forum was supposed to cap off Dead & Company's first and perhaps only tour. But 19 dates after launching at New York's Madison Square Garden, it looks like the trek will continue into 2016, John Mayer revealed from the stage on New Year's Eve (Dec. 31). . . [Mayer] made the announcement at the end of the three-set show, telling the capacity crowd, "At the risk of rocking any boats -- known and unknown -- we'll see you next year."
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