Video & Full Show Audio: Dead & Company Add Bob Dylan Cover & Other Tour Debut In Indiana
Returning to the outdoor amphitheater that was once regular Summer Tour stop for the Grateful Dead when it was then known as Deer Creek, Friday night’s Dead & Company concert at the currently designated Klipsch Music Center saw the band add another Dead favorite to their ever-increasing repertoire. Along with the first-timer that filled the encore slot, the group also added a Bob Dylan cover to their live arsenal during the show in Noblesville, Indiana.
Grateful Dead members guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann took the stage with cohorts John Mayer on guitar, Oteil Burbridge on bass and Jeff Chimenti on keyboards and opened the show with Weir leading them through “New Minglewood Blues.” Mayer then took charge of “Cumberland Blues” before Bobby sang “Ramble On Rose” and “Black Throated Wind.” Mayer got back in front for “Althea” ahead of the “Lost Sailor” > “Saint Of Circumstance” closing combo.
Improvisation developed out of the “Dark Star” that opened the second set and it ultimately gave way to the first Dead & Co. rendition of Bob Dylan’s classic “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” Though not played by the Grateful Dead, the Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan track has been a staple of Weir’s Ratdog setlists and the 68-year-old took lead on the cover debut Friday night. A sequence of “He’s Gone” > “New Speedway Boogie” > “St. Stephen” followed the cover debut before the Rhythm Devils were given free reign to unleash their percussion clinic with Burbridge joining in the “Drums” jam. Weir’s “Looks Like Rain” emerged out of “Space” and “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad” closed out the second set.
For the encore, Mayer led the first D&C live performance of “Black Muddy River” – the last song guitarist Jerry Garcia sang lead on with the Grateful Dead, opening the encore at the iconic band’s final show at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 9, 1995. The sentimental ballad served as the finale for the evening as the band heads next to BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey for a concert on Monday, June 20.
Below stream the entire show thanks to taper Rob Krall followed by audience-shot footage from last night at Deer Creek:
Dead & Company at Klipsch Music Center
- Minglewood Blues
- Cumberland Blues
- Ramble On Rose
- Black-Throated Wind
- Lost Sailor
- Saint of Circumstance
- Dark Star
- A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
- He's Gone
- New Speedway Boogie
- St. Stephen
- Looks Like Rain
- Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad
- Black Muddy River
- Grateful Dead