Dead & Company Welcomes Maggie Rogers At Madison Square Garden

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Maggie Rogers joined Dead & Company last night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Rogers added vocals to “Friend Of The Devil” and an encore performance of The Band’s classic “The Weight.”

Rogers first emerged for the penultimate song of the first set, trading vocals on “Friend Of The Devil” with Bob Weir (who again wore a kilt) and John Mayer. Prior to the guest’s arrival, Dead & Company opened the set with “Cold Rain And Snow,” which was followed by “Hell in a Bucket,” “Row Jimmy,” “Ramble On Rose,” “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” and “Mr. Charlie.” The set closed with an expansive “Bird Song” that included an upbeat, funky section driven by keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and Mayer’s melodic interplay.

”Scarlet Begonias” opened the second set with a healthy jam before coming around to its frequent partner “Fire On The Mountain.” Bassist Oteil Burbridge sang lead on “Fire” as Mayer hit high notes with his backing vocals. The band took their time working through “He’s Gone” and eventually landed on the Weir-led Howlin’ Wolf cover “Smokestack Lighting.” Out of the blues came the psychedelic “China Cat Sunflower” and its frequent partner “I Know You Rider.”

The stage was then turned over to Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart for “Drums” that included Burbridge – the newly “horned” Rhythm Devils member – joining the percussive improvisation. The other players came back for “Space” out of which came “Althea” featuring Mayer’s lively soloing. Weir then led a stirring “Morning Dew” to close out the second set.

Rogers accompanied the band as they returned for the encore, handling one of the verses of “The Weight.” A tender “Brokedown Palace” drew the encore and the show to an end. Watch video footage from Friday’s concert below:

Friend Of The Devil Captured by Sean Roche

The Weight Captured by Sean Roche

Cold Rain And Snow Via nugs.tv

Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain Via nugs.tv

Setlist

Dead & Company at Madison Square Garden

Set 1
  • Cold Rain and Snow  
  • Hell in a Bucket  
  • Row Jimmy  
  • Ramble On Rose  
  • Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo  
  • Mr. Charlie  
  • Friend of the Devil  
  • Bird Song  
Set 2
  • Scarlet Begonias  
  • Fire on the Mountain  
  • He's Gone  
  • Smokestack Lightning  
  • China Cat Sunflower  
  • I Know You Rider  
  • Drums  
  • Space  
  • Althea  
  • Morning Dew  
Encore
  • The Weight  
  • Brokedown Palace  

Tour Dates for Dead & Company

  • Dec
    27
    The Forum
  • Dec
    28
    The Forum
  • Dec
    30
    Chase Center
  • Dec
    31
    Chase Center
  • Jan
    16
    Playing In The Sand
    Lettuce
  • Jan
    18
    Playing In The Sand
    Lettuce
  • Jan
    19
    Playing In The Sand
    Lettuce