This fall Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will be joined by John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti for a tour billed as Dead And Company. According to the below post on the group's official Instagram account, Dead & Company will now debut on October 29 in Albany, New York before two previously announced shows at Madison Square Garden on October 31 and November 1.
Dead & Company's Fall Tour will also visit Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Worcester, Massachusetts in November. The ensemble with then regather in December for shows on the 27th and 28th at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco as well as December 30th and 31st at The Forum in Los Angeles.
Today's announcement comes a little over a month after Hart, Weir, Kreutzmann and Chimenti teamed with Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Phil Lesh for five Fare Thee Well – Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead shows in Santa Clara and Chicago. With Lesh deciding not to participate in Dead & Company, the Chicago shows will still stand as the last time the Grateful Dead's "core four" shared the stage. Phil has his own plans for the fall including a run of shows at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.
In the Summer of 2013 guitarist John Mayer gained a new appreciation for the Grateful Dead. He discussed his new found love of the band in an interview that summer and even threw a few Dead covers into his sets. A year ago Mayer took to Twitter to share more thoughts about what made the Grateful Dead so special. Then, in February, the guitarist invited Bob Weir to perform with him on CBS's The Late Late Show. Fast forward to June when John played two shows with Phil Lesh & Friends at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California. Chimenti was not only a member of the Fare Thee Wellband, but he was a longtime Weir sideman in RatDog and also participated in a post-Jerry incarnation of "The Dead." Burbridge is a newcomer to the world of the Grateful Dead, but has sang many a version of "Franklin's Tower" with the Allman Brothers Band.