Dead & Company Jams On Miles Davis’ ‘Milestones’ In Hershey

The show kicked off with a "The Music Never Stopped" > "Easy Answers" > "The Music Never Stopped" sequence.

By Nate Todd Aug 29, 2021 10:00 am PDT

Dead & Company stopped by Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday. The concert saw Dead & Co. jamming on Miles Davis’ “Milestones” post “Space.”

Dead & Company kicked things off with the tour debut of “The Music Never Stopped.” Guitarist Bob Weir handled the verses with guitarist John Mayer leading the way on the chorus. “The Music Never Stopped” flowed into “Easy Answers,” a juxtaposition the Grateful Dead pulled off once on June 5, 1993 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as per Herbibot, which also marked the GD debut of “Easy Answers.” D&C then grooved their way back into “The Music Never Stopped” to cap off the opening segment.

Next, Bassist Oteil Burbridge thumped out the bassline to “Touch Of Grey” with John and Bobby sharing vocal duties. Bobby then manned “Tennessee Jed” ahead of Mayer on “Mr. Charlie.” Weir stepped back to the mic for two of his signature tunes, “Black-Throated Wind” and “Cassidy,” with the band stretching their legs a bit on the latter with a breezy jam. Mayer then sang lead on “Don’t Ease Me In” to close out the first set.

“Here Comes Sunshine” got the second frame underway with Mayer on lead vocals. The song contained one of those classic, funky “Sunshine” jams which saw John and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti playing around each other as the groove built before heading back into the chorus. The band kept up the jams with a substantial “Estimated Prophet,” clocking in at 16 and half minutes. Another signature Bobby number, “Estimated Prophet” once again saw strong play from Mayer and Chimenti with Jeff tearing up the instrumental chorus section on piano. A nearly 18-minute “Eyes Of The World” followed helmed by Weir. Mayer would take a tasty ride for the first solo and the final jam sequence saw some chord work from Oteil laced with piano from Jeff.

“Eyes” then headed into a Mayer-led “Althea” before The Rythm Devils, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, delivered “Drums” ahead of “Space” as the band trickled back in. The aforementioned “Milestones” then emerged out of “Space” with Chimenti hitting the piano line signaling the Davis classic. The song appears on the jazz legend’s 1958 album of the same name. D&C jammed on the instrumental which featured Chimenti on piano and Burbridge taking the bass line for a walk with strong play from Mayer as well.

A sing-along on “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” followed. After debuting the song at the tour opener in Raleigh, D&C delivered the second performance of Reverend Gary Davis’ “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” led by Weir. The band took the blues number for a ride with great organ play from Chimenti. Bobby would then sing “One More Saturday Night” to close out the second set. Dead & Company delivered Bob Dylan’s “Quinn The Eskimo” for the encore.

Watch video of the first and second set openers below via the Jambase Live Video Archive:


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The Setlist

The Venue

Hersheypark Stadium [See upcoming shows]

7,286

The Music

8 songs

9 songs

17 songs
12 originals / 4 covers / 1 misc

1975

9.10 [Gap chart]

None

The Music Never Stopped, Easy Answers, Black-Throated Wind, Milestones, Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad, Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn)

Easy Answers LTP 07/11/2018 (47 Show Gap)

Eyes of the World 17:48

Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn) 5:11

Wake of the Flood - 2, Blues for Allah - 1, Terrapin Station - 1, Go To Heaven - 2, In The Dark - 1

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