Dead & Company Debut Bob Dylan Deep Cut Cover At Las Vegas Sphere

Bobby led the band through “I’ll Remember You” off Dylan’s 1985 LP, Empire Burlesque.

By Nate Todd Jun 14, 2024 8:54 am PDT

Dead & Company kicked off the fifth weekend of their Dead Forever Las Vegas Sphere residency on Thursday. Show 13 of 30 on June 13 saw the Grateful Dead offshoot treating the lucky audience to a debut of Bob Dylan‘s “I’ll Remember You” during the second set.

D&C — Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and drummer Mickey Hart, guitarist John Mayer, bassist Oteil Burbridge, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and drummer Jay Lane — hit the ground running to kick off the concert with “Alabama Getaway,” with Mayer on lead vocals.

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The vault was then cracked open and the band kept on “Truckin’” from Haight Ashbury to the stars. Bobby then led a sing-along during “Ramble On Rose” featuring the pyramid visuals followed by Mayer on lead vocals for the funky Dead classic “Mr. Charlie,” which boasted the billowing, psychedelic clouds.

“Jack Straw” in a rainy rainforest followed before “Big River” showcased the old-timey western “Ace” motif. The first set concluded with favorite “Althea,” with Mayer at the helm and framed by the Grateful Dead scrapbook.

The second set opened with an interesting sequence of “St. Stephen,” featuring the psychedelic wormhole and liquid light show visuals, “Scarlet Begonias” and “Franklin’s Tower.” Following “Stephen” > “Scarlet” > “Frank,” the band flowed into Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” tagged as usual with the “Hey Jude Reprise.”

“Drums” and “Space” came next from which emerged the Bob Dylan debut. “I’ll Remember You,” a Dylan song the Grateful Dead never covered, appears on the legendary singer-songwriter’s 1985 album Empire Burlesque. With the black and white visuals of the band overhead, Bobby led the way through the poignant ballad as the Sphere went pin-drop quiet save for some rousing moments from Weir. Chimenti shined on the tender tune with well-placed piano touches.

D&C then stoked the Sphere with “Fire on the Mountain,” featuring Oteil on lead vocals. A second set “Brown-Eyed Women” came next before the band brought things back down to earth with “Black Muddy River” only to ramp it back up again with closer “Not Fade Away.”

Check out the setlist, Skinny and video from the concert below:

The Skinny

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The Setlist

Setlist Notes
  • [1] Dead & Company debut

Setlist info via Phantasy Tour.

The Venue

Sphere [See upcoming shows]

18,600

12 shows
5/16/2024, 5/17/2024, 5/18/2024, 5/24/2024, 5/25/2024, 5/26/2024, 5/30/2024, 5/31/2024, 6/01/2024, 6/06/2024, 6/07/2024, 6/08/2024

The Music

7 songs

10 songs

17 songs
12 originals / 4 covers / 1 misc

1975

4.25 [Gap chart]

I'll Remember You

I'll Remember You

Big River LTP 05/17/2024 (11 Show Gap)

St. Stephen 18:26

Alabama Getaway 4:07

Aoxomoxoa - 1, American Beauty - 1, From the Mars Hotel - 1, Blues for Allah - 1, Shakedown Street - 1, Go To Heaven - 2, In The Dark - 1, Built to Last - 2

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Alabama Getaway / Truckin


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Ramble On Rose


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Mr. Charlie


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Jack Straw


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Big River


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Althea


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St. Stephen


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Dear Mr. Fantasy / Hey Jude Reprise


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I’ll Remember You


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I’ll Remember You


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Black Muddy River


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Not Fade Away


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Dead & Company’s Dead Forever Sphere residency continues tonight, Friday, June 14. View a complete list of dates and more information below:

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