Nashville Bound: Dead & Company Tour Hits Music City
Dead & Company‘s inaugural tour continued at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville last night, where Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti had another tour debut in store and jammed on a GD classic complete with its reference to Music City.
The six-piece took the stage with a bit of a jam that they worked into the fourth “Truckin'” of tour. “Loose Lucy” was the first “Jerry song” of the night with Weir handling vocals before passing the lead vocalist baton to Mayer for “Althea.” Bobby returned to the spotlight for “El Paso” which gave way to a John-sung “West L.A. Fadeaway.” The fitting “Tennessee Jed” garnered huge cheers from the locals, while “Deal” gave Mayer another shot to show off his chops.
Just as they did for the first set, Dead & Company began the second set with a jam. This time “Playing In The Band” came out of the improv. Weir sang lead on nearly every song of the closing stanza, which featured a dream setlist. “Viola Lee Blues,” along with “Playin’,” were the well-jammed highlights of the pre-“Drums/Space” section of the set. The “Nashville Bound” lyric received another big response from the crowd. Dead & Company’s approach to “Viola” was slow and throbbing with both Mayer and Burbridge crushing their respective parts. “Drums/Space” was followed by Bobby singing the tender “Stella Blue” before another rousing “China”/”Rider” ended set two. “Johnny B. Goode,” the evening’s lone tour debut, served as encore. Next up for Dead & Company is a performance at St. Louis’s Scottrade Center on Friday night.
Listen to last night’s “Viola Lee Blues” thanks to Z- Man:
Set One: Jam > Truckin’ > Loose Lucy, Althea, El Paso, West L.A. Fadeaway > Tennessee Jed > Deal
Set Two: Jam > Playing In The Band > New Speedway Boogie > Estimated Prophet > Viola Lee Blues > Drums > Space > Stella Blue > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider
Encore: Johnny B. Goode