Dead & Company Wraps Wrigley Field Run With Jay Lane

Saturday's concert in Chicago featured tour debuts of "Dancin In The Streets," "Days Between" and "Touch Of Grey."

By Scott Bernstein Jun 26, 2022 10:41 am PDT

Dead & Company concluded a two-night run at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday night with a concert featuring Jay Lane on drums. Lane once again filled in for Bill Kreutzmann who continues to recover from a pulled muscle suffered last weekend in Boulder.

Lane, drummer Mickey Hart, guitarists John Mayer and Bob Weir, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and bassist Oteil Burbridge got Saturday’s concert underway with “Scarlet Begonias.” Mayer shined in stringing together one blues-laced riff after another during his “Scarlet” solo and threw in a tease of Madonna’s “Material Girl” as he was egged on throughout the run by Chimenti’s barrelhouse rolls. Dead & Co. played the transition that usually leads into “Fire On The Mountain” but instead came to a full stop before embarking on an unusually early “The Wheel.”

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Weir and Mayer belted out “The Wheel” with passion and the each led the group through a bit of Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs’ “Stay” in the ensuing jam. Both Bobby and John infused the final “Wheel” chorus with “Stay” lyrics. Then, Chimenti fronted a smooth transition into “New Speedway Boogie.” Weir sang the protest song powered by a sturdy beat from Lane and Hart. Oteil harmonized on “this darkness got to give” as Mayer tore through a high-octane solo featuring more impressive interplay with Chimenti.

“Big Railroad Blues” was helmed by Mayer after “New Speedway Boogie.” The Noah Wilson-penned gem saw Chimenti focus on organ. Next up was “Dancin In The Streets,” one of three tour debuts featured in Saturday’s setlist. Bob Weir sang “Dancin” and the “They’re dancin’ in Chicago” lyric was greeted by a huge cheer. John Mayer utilized an auto-wah effect on a version that featured the breakdown the Grateful Dead played in late-1970s takes on the Motown classic. A languid “Tennessee Jed” followed before the sextet punctuated the 85-minute frame with a powerful “Sugaree.”

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The Setlist

The Venue

Wrigley Field [See upcoming shows]

41,649

7 shows
7/01/2017, 6/30/2017, 6/14/2019, 6/15/2019, 9/17/2021, 9/18/2021, 6/24/2022

The Music

7 songs

10 songs

17 songs
15 originals / 2 covers / 0 misc

1974

6.41 [Gap chart]

None

Dancin In The Streets, Days Between, Touch Of Grey

Dancin In The Streets LTP 09/17/2021 (23 Show Gap)

Scarlet Begonias 15:30

Help On The Way 4:41

Workingman's Dead - 2, American Beauty - 1, From the Mars Hotel - 1, Blues for Allah - 3, Terrapin Station - 1, Shakedown Street - 1, In The Dark - 1

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Dead & Company started the second set at Wrigley last night with a few interesting placements. The group’s first “Casey Jones” to open a set began the frame and led into Dead & Co.’s first second set “Ramble On Rose.” John Mayer sang lead on the former and Bob Weir fronted the latter. Bobby played one of the custom D’Angelico guitars currently up for auction to benefit voter registration nonprofit HeadCount, environmental responsibility organization Reverb and Dead Family Charities. The six musicians changed the vibe post-“Ramble On Rose” by settling in for “Help On The Way.”

The slow and throbbing “Help” featured Chimenti on electric piano augmenting Mayer’s lead vocals. Dead & Company then uncorked a wild “Slipknot!” highlighted by John Mayer’s tapping and metal-tinged guitar theatrics. Chimenti and Mayer connected on a particularly cool progression they worked over for a few minutes during the jam that eventually gave way to “Franklin’s Tower” to complete the classic trifecta. Chimenti delivered a memorable organ solo as Burbridge laid down a groovy bassline underneath Jeff’s stylings. The sextet then took “Franklin’s” down to near silence for a gorgeous interlude to introduce the end of the song.

Weir, Mayer, Burbridge and Chimenti vacated the stage after “Franklin’s” leaving Jay Lane and Mickey Hart to embark on “Drums.” Kreutzmann did not join in as he did on Friday at Wrigley Field. Lane and Hart treated fans to a percussive adventure and were joined by Oteil Burbridge towards the middle of the evening’s “Drums” sequence. Jay wore a “Bill The Drummer” t-shirt last night and kept the energy high in “Drums.” Mickey then headed to the Beam to eek out dramatic drones from the instrument. Burbridge came back out to accompany Hart with propulsive bass licks.

Oteil was left alone on stage to continue “Space” with Weir, Chimenti and Mayer soon returning. John worked themes akin to Jimi Hendrix’s “Third Stone From The Sun” into the mix and the four musicians laid the groundwork for the poignant “Days Between” that began when Mickey and Jay came back out. “Days Between,” featuring Weir on lead vocals, was last played by the band on October 30, 2021. The Hunter/Garcia ballad was followed by “Fire On The Mountain.” Burbridge provided an intro to the song which was the lone tune of the night on which he sang lead. The day-appropriate “One More Saturday Night” then brought the set to a rousing finish.

While Dead & Company went sans encore on Friday, the band treated fans to two songs for Saturday’s encore. The tender “Brokedown Palace” was up first before the six musicians said farewell with the tour’s first “Touch Of Grey.” Next up for the band is a concert on Tuesday in Noblesville, Indiana. Watch a livestream via nugs.net.

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