Dead & Company Performs ‘Spanish Jam’ & More At Wrigley Field Finale


Dead & Company wrapped a two-night stand at Wrigley Field in Chicago with a concert on Saturday night. The band featuring Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart opened the second set with the Dead’s instrumental staple “Spanish Jam,” which D&C last played in 2017.

Weir, The Rhythm Devils, bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti started Saturday’s show with guitarist John Mayer leading a performance of the expansive “Terrapin Station” suite. Weir’s “Sugar Magnolia” came next, followed by Mayer fronting “Mr. Charlie.” Burbridge’s vocals were then on display for “High Time,” which was debuted by D&C earlier this tour. Weir went acoustic for “Friend Of The Devil,” “Bertha” and a cover of Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried.” Bobby switched back to electric, conferred with his band mates, and fired up “Mama Tried” for another run through its chorus before segueing into a set-closing “Turn On Your Lovelight.”

After setbreak, Dead & Company started their final set at Wrigley Field with “Spanish Jam,” the Dead’s piece based on Miles Davis’ “Solea” from his Sketches Of Spain album. D&C’s only other performance of “Spanish Jam” was in Hartford on November 22, 2017. “Scarlet Begonias” came out of the instrumental intro and was paired with “New Speedway Boogie.” The classic triad of “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot!” > “Franklin’s Tower” ushered in the “Drums” portion of the set, which once again featured Burbridge joining Hart and Kreutzmann. “Spanish Jam” emerged again from the depths of “Space” and evolved into the second half of “The Other One,” finishing the opener from night one.

Weir then fronted a rendering of “Standing On The Moon” that was followed by the set-closing “Sunshine Daydream” coda. Mayer and Weir were on acoustics for the first encore, “Ripple.” The two guitarists were back on their electric instruments for “One More Saturday Night,” which drew an end to the band’s run at the friendly confines. Watch pro-shot video of the two set openers from last night via below:

Spanish Jam > Scarlet Begonias

Terrapin Station

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