Pro & Fan-Shot Video: Dead & Company Closes Out Summer Tour At Wrigley Field
Last night Dead & Company closed out their 19-date summer tour, with the second of two sold out shows at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The six-piece band once again offered up two sets of Grateful Dead classics, and managed to add one more tour debut into their finale.
Dead & Company kicked off their summer tour closer with John Mayer leading the band through their fifth take on “Cold Rain & Snow” this tour. From their the guitarist teamed up with Bob Weir to trade verses on “Jack Straw,” with “Tennessee Jed” following. “Ship Of Fools” became the 104th unique song that the band has attempted on this run, with Mayer, Weir and bassist Oteil Burbridge joining forces on the closing track of From The Mars Hotel. Bob and John strapped on acoustic guitars next as they brought the previous night’s “Dark Star” to a close offering up the second verse as it segued straight into “Friend Of The Devil.” Senator Al Franken’s favorite Grateful Dead tune “Althea” followed with “Casey Jones” closing out the penultimate set of the tour.
D&C’s second set at the home of the Chicago Cubs got underway with Bobby leading them through the summertime favorite “Sugar Magnolia.” Martha Reeves & The Vandella’s Motown classic “Dancing In The Streets” came ahead of a “Playing In The Band” > “Comes A Time” combo with Oteil singing lead on the Jerry Garcia ballad. An adventurous segued-filled portion of the set got started with the traditional pairing on “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire On The Mountain,” which once again gave Burbridge a chance to front the band on a song. “Scarlet” > “Fire” eventually morphed into “Drums” as drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann let loose and showed everyone how they earned their Rhythm Devils nickname. The psychedelic exploration of “Space” eventually found the band diving head-first into “The Other One.” “Days Between” provided the second breather in the set, with Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” closing out the final stanza of the tour.
Dead & Company returned to the stage to close out their 2017 summer tour with a double-encore starting with a touching take on”Brokedown Palace” and bringing it all home with rousing “Sunshine Daydream” and a fireworks display to cap it all off.
Watch pro-shot video of the opener from each set, fan-shot video of the tour closer captured by Still Dead and see the full setlist below: