Nassau Coliseum Honors Dead & Company And Grateful Dead With Banner

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The long and illustrious history of Grateful Dead and Dead & Company performances at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York was celebrated on Wednesday, when a banner honoring the groups’ collective 44 shows at the venue was raised to the rafters. The banner was hoisted during setbreak of Dead & Company’s second of two “Fall Fun Run” concerts at Nassau Coliseum.

The Grateful Dead made their Nassau Coliseum debut on March 15, 1973 and would go to play another 41 shows at the Long Island venue through 1994. No other act has played the arena more than the Dead. Watch the banner raising below:

Dead & Company kicked off Wednesday’s concert with “Feel Like A Stranger” and then dug in on “New Speedway Boogie.” Next, John Mayer led the group through “Dire Wolf” before passing the baton to Bob Weir for a cover of Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece.” Mayer then shined on a “Sugaree” featuring soulful vocals and a pair of impressive solos. The band went on to end the set with a “Cassidy” featuring a short but exploratory jam and a romp through “The Music Never Stopped.”

Last night’s second set began with the beloved sequence of “Help On The Way”/”Slipknot!”/”Franklin’s Tower.” Weir and Mayer shared lead vocal duties on “Help” and impressive interplay between Mayer and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti was on display during “Slipknot!” Dead & Company nailed the transition into “Franklin’s Tower” and worked over the Hunter/Garcia classic for just over 10 minutes. The improvisational highlight of the night came next in the form of an adventurous “Dark Star” featuring a jam on John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.”

“Dark Star” was followed by the evening’s “Drums” excursion led by Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. “Drums” had a particularly samba feel on Wednesday and included ample use of talking drums. Hart then worked over The Beam before the instrumentalists returned for a “Space” that took a while to get off the ground. Dead & Company ended the show in the same way they did their famed July 7, 1989 performance in Philadelphia immortalized on the Crimson White & Indigo live album/concert film by linking “The Other One” with “Wharf Rat” and “Turn On Your Lovelight” before encoring with “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.” The sextet now heads to Hampton Coliseum for two shows to end the “Fall Fun Run.”

Pro-Shot Videos (via nugs.tv)

Feel Like A Stranger

Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower

Fan-Shot Videos (Captured by Matt Frazier)

A Love Supreme Jam

Sugaree

Wharf Rat

Full Show Audio (via Jeff Travitz/Keith Litzenberger)

Setlist

Set One: Feel Like A Stranger, New Speedway Boogie, Dire Wolf, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Sugaree, Cassidy > The Music Never Stopped

Set Two: Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower, Dark Star > A Love Supreme Jam > Dark Star > Drums > Space > The Other One > Wharf Rat > Turn On Your Lovelight

Encore: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

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