HIGHLIGHT REEL: Dead & Company Summer Tour Kickoff

by Peter Wendel
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Dead & Company have officially hit the road, playing the first three shows of their 15-stop summer swing across the country. Grab a clean tie-dye and dust off your dancin’ shoes. It’s tour time, folks!


WrigleyFieldDeadandCompanyTour2017The three opening shows – Las Vegas, Phoenix and Los Angeles – were Dead & Company’s first performances since they wrapped up last year’s summer tour on July 30th at Shoreline Amphitheatre. This year the band will cap the tour with a two-night stand at Wrigley Field in Chicago, June 30th-July 31st (home of the World Champion Cubbies).

Highlights from the first three shows include a moving cover of the Dylan classic, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” in honor of the great Gregg Allman who passed away on May 27th; a big bouncy “Sugaree” with crisp solos from guitarist John Mayer; an expansive, deep-space “Bird Song”; and a majestic “Touch of Grey” that brought back memories.

Whether you’re on the bubble about getting tickets or already have them in your hot little hand, here’s a look at Dead & Company in the early stages of the tour. They appear to be in decent form – both vocally and instrumentally – but you judge for yourself.

Let’s also keep in mind that the band’s performances will sharpen as the tour rolls on and the guys hits their stride.

Here are the setlists and a few of the highlights from the first three shows.

MAY 27
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas, NV

SET I: The Music Never Stopped, Dire Wolf, Jack Straw, Loser, Friend of the Devil, Brown-Eyed Women, Bird Song
SET II: Playin’ in the Band> Deal> China Cat Sunflower> I Know You Rider> Drums> Space> The Other One> Black Peter> One More Saturday Night
E: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
(A tribute to Gregg Allman who pass away that same day.)


MAY 28
Ak-Chin Pavilion
Phoenix, AZ

SET I: Feel LIke a Stranger, Bertha, Minglewood Blues, Cassidy, Peggy-O, Loose Lucy, Sugaree, Samson and Delilah
SET II: Lost Sailor> Saint of Circumstance, Crazy Fingers> Scarlet Begonias> Fire on the Mountain> Drums> Space> Dear Prudence, Casey Jones
E: Touch of Grey


MAY 31
Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles, CA

SET I: Shakedown Street> Cold Rain and Snow, Black-Throated Wind, Ramble on Rose> Cumberland Blues, Althea, The Promised Land
SET II: Truckin’> He’s Gone, Help on the Way> Slipknot!> Franklin’s Tower> Drums> Space> Stella Blue> Sugar Magnolia
E: Ripple


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Let the good times roll. Get your tickets here.

Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles, CA

JUNE 3-4
Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mountain View, CA

USANA Amphitheatre
Salt Lake City, UT

JUNE 9-10
Folsom Field
Boulder, CO

Lakewood Amphitheatre
Atlanta, GA

KeyBank Pavilion
Burgettstown, PA

JUNE 17-18
Fenway Park
Boston, MA

Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, NY

Jiffy Lube Live
Bristow, VA

CITI Field
Flushing, NY

BB&T Pavilion
Camden, NJ

Blossom Music Center
Cuyahoga Falls, OH

JUNE 30-July 1
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL

Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach, Mountain Jam, the All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at PWendel@SongMango.com.