Dead & Company featuring Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann joined by Oteil Burbridge, John Mayer and Jeff Chimenti brought their current tour to Burgettstown, Pennsylvania on Thursday night for a performance at KeyBank Pavilion. Eleven shows into the run, the six-piece is starting to dig deeper into the Grateful Dead’s live repertoire as Thursday’s performance included four 2017 debuts.
Weir led the group through “Feel Like A Stranger” to kick off the Pittsburgh area show. Up next was just the band’s third ever version of “Easy Wind” as Mayer handled vocals on a song Ron “Pigpen” McKernan would sing with the Dead. The sextet then moved on to a “Cassidy” with a short but adventurous jam followed by “Row Jimmy.” Dead & Company ended last night’s first set with “Cumberland Blues” and the tour debut of “Throwing Stones.
When Dead & Company came out for the second set, they toyed around with a few themes for a little bit before diving into “Jack Straw.” A slow and throbbing “Viola Lee Blues” came next and led into a Weir-sung “He’s Gone.” From there, the six-piece served up “The Wheel” and embarked on a reggae-tinged jam that eventually turned into “The Other One.” The verses of “The Other One” were split by “Drums” and “Space” which gave the members of the band a chance to improvise beyond the boundaries of song. “Wharf Rat,” another tour debut, filled the ballad slot with vocals by Weir ahead of the “Casey Jones” set closer. Dead & Company encored with the evening’s final tour debut, “Liberty.” Next up for the group are two shows at Fenway Park in Boston.
Dead & Company teamed with nugs.tv to provide pro-shot video of “Feel Like A Stranger,” “Easy Wind” and “Cassidy”:
Dead & Company at KeyBank Pavilion
- Feel Like a Stranger
- Easy Wind
- West L.A. Fadeaway
- Row Jimmy
- Cumberland Blues
- Throwing Stones
- Jack Straw
- Viola Lee Blues
- He's Gone
- The Wheel
- The Other One
- Wharf Rat
- Casey Jones
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