LIVE: Dead & Company

Dead & Company -- featuring Bob Weir and John Mayer among others -- jammed their way through Sleep Train Amphitheatre on July 27, 2016.

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Dead & Company jammed through Sleep Train Amphitheatre on July 27.
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The band is partially comprised of former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir (guitar), Mickey Hart (drums) and Bill Kreutzmann (drums).
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Dead & Company’s other members include John Mayer (guitar, pictured), Oteil Burbridge (bass/drums) and Jeff Chimenti (keyboards).
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The band got their start just last year when Mayer met Weir (pictured) during his stint guest-hosting “The Late Late Show.”
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Weir was the musical guest and invited Mayer to join him in his studio performance.
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Mayer had said in prior interviews that he had been listening to Pandora radio at one point in 2011 and stumbled upon a Grateful Dead song. The band became the only music he wanted to listen to.
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After Mayer’s performance with Weir, they had created a unique musical bond.
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Mayer went home and began practicing the Grateful Dead’s large catalog of songs.
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Meanwhile, Weir, Hart and Kreutzmann were prepping with other Grateful Dead members for the band’s 50th anniversary shows (affectionately titled “Fare Thee Well”).
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After those shows, Dead & Company was formed.
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Phil Lesh, the original bassist for the Grateful Dead, declined to join the band. Phish’s Mike Gordon had auditioned to be the band’s bass player but ultimately had to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts.
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After one huge show on Oct. 31, 2015 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the band announced a full tour.
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Both Mayer and Weir have expressed great enthusiasm for the project – both stating they can’t see an end to it, maybe ever.
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The band’s July 27 show included two sprawling sets and an encore.
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Their first set included the following songs: “Iko Iko” (the Dixie Cups cover), “Minglewood Blues” (Cannon’s Jug Stompers cover), “Candyman,” “Big River” (Johnny Cash cover)...
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Followed by "Friend of the Devil,” “Even So” (Ratdog cover), “Sugaree” (Jerry Garcia cover) and “The Music Never Stopped.”
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The second set included: A jam that went into “Truckin’,” “Althea,” “Estimated Prophet” into “Playing in the Band” into “Drums” into “Space"...
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Followed by “Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad,” “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” (Bob Dylan cover) into “Throwing Stones.”
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Their encore consisted of one song, “Black Muddy River.”
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