Dead & Company Visit Washington D.C.
On Friday night Dead & Company made their farthest trip south yet as Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann along with John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge brought the tour to the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The band isn’t finished mining the Dead repertoire yet with the visit to D.C. containing six tour debuts.
A short but freewheeling jam led into the “Truckin'” opener. The “Truckin'” progression gave way to the tour’s first “Big Boss Man,” which was sung by John Mayer. John also handled vocals on the next two songs that followed: “Brown-Eyed Women” and the D&C debut of “West L.A. Fadeaway.” Weir stepped up for the tour debut of “Loser” and the 17-minute “Lost Sailor” > “Saint Of Circumstance” that brought the first set to its conclusion.
The second set began with a Mayer-led “Bertha” followed by a long and well-jammed “Eyes Of The World” that once again featured an Oteil solo. “Scarlet”/”Fire” was up next with John handling vocals on the first song and Weir taking his second-ever stab at singing “Fire On The Mountain.” “Fire” gave way to The Rhythm Devils’ drums sequence which in turn was followed by “Space.” “The Wheel,” the first of three tour debuts to end the second set, devolved into a reggae jam after it emerged out of “Space.” Bobby delivered “Looks Like Rain” before the triple dose of tour debuts ended with Weir singing “In The Midnight Hour.” Dead & Company said farewell for the night with a “Touch Of Grey” encore. The band now heads back to Madison Square Garden in NYC tonight for a show that will be webcast live.
Audio (Taped by Alex Leary via Archive.org)
Set One: Jam > Truckin’ > Brown-Eyed Women, West L.A. Fadeaway > Loser, Lost Sailor > Saint Of Circumstance
Set Two: Bertha > Eyes Of The World > Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain > Drums/Space > The Wheel > Looks Like Rain, In The Midnight Hour
Encore: Touch Of Grey