Dead & Company Takes ‘Eyes Of The World’ Deep In Philadelphia: Pro-Shot Video
Dead & Company are gearing up for an extensive summer tour by unveiling pro-shot videos from their archives. The latest clip to be shared by the six-piece is a fantastic, 17+ minute rendition of “Eyes Of The World” from 2017.
On November 16, 2017 the band played the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The improvisational highlight of the evening was the aforementioned “Eyes.” Here’s what SiriusXM Grateful Dead channel host Gary Lambert had to write about “Eyes” and Dead & Company’s version:
In the early 70s, the Grateful Dead started building improvisations around a lively little riff based on an E Major 7th chord that reminded quite a few people of the rhythm guitar part from the great 60s soul hit by Archie Bell and the Drells, “Tighten Up.” Eventually, that lick evolved into the foundation of one of the most enduring songs in the Dead catalog, “Eyes Of The World,” which made its recorded debut on “Wake Of The Flood” in 1973. All these years later, the song remains a highlight of many a live show, as you’ll hear in this version, with instrumental solo contributions by John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge. – Gary Lambert
Oteil’s solo is particularly nasty. Watch D&C’s “Eyes” from November 16, 2017: