Dead & Company Opens Fall Tour 2017 With ‘Shakedown Street’: Pro-Shot Video


On November 12, 2017 Dead & Company opened their fall tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The band featuring Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann along with Jeff Chimenti, Oteil Burbridge and John Mayer kicked off the show and tour with “Shakedown Street.” Dead & Company recently uploaded pro-shot video of “Shakedown Street” to YouTube.

When the sextet lit into “Shakedown Street” to start the show, the circular screen towards the middle of the stage displayed a 3D image of a disco ball. Looking around The Garden it was hard to find an empty seat and most of those in attendance were loud and in a singalong mood. “Shakedown” spanned well over 10 minutes and was followed by the D&C debut of “Greatest Story Ever Told.” Here’s what Tales Of The Golden Road co-host Gary Lambert had to write about the song and version:

Just the right song at just the right venue to open the first show of the 2017 Fall tour. The Grateful Dead introduced “Shakedown Street” live in August of 1978, just weeks after recording it for the album of the same name, which would be released that November. The song’s theme of finding a vibrant beating heart in even the most blighted urban neighborhood – helpful hint: you just gotta poke around – might apply to many a town, but it had a special resonance for audiences in New York in the late 70s, as the city was just starting to come back from the brink of total collapse. It never failed to elicit a huge response from the crowd at Madison Square Garden on the numerous occasions the Grateful Dead played it there, and that clearly still holds true for Dead and Company.

Watch Dead & Company’s performance of “Shakedown Street” from November 12, 2017:

The six-piece kicks off this year’s summer tour at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California on May 31 and June 1. See the full list of dates below.

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