PICS: Dead and Company at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

Calling all Deadheads: Dead & Company stormed Chula Vista's Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on July 6

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Dead & Company is partially comprised of former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir (guitar, right), Mickey Hart (drums) and Bill Kreutzmann (drums, middle).
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Its other members include John Mayer (guitar), Oteil Burbridge (bass) and Jeff Chimenti (keyboards).
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The band got its unassuming beginnings in 2015 when Mayer met Weir during Mayer's stint guest-hosting “The Late Late Show.”
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Weir was the musical guest and invited Mayer (pictured) to join him in his studio performance.
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 play. (Burbridge pictured)
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After Mayer’s performance with Weir, they had created a unique musical bond. 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”). After those shows, Dead & Company was officially 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.
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. They've toured together every year since 2015 (twice in 2017).
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The band's first set on July 6 (according to included: "Hell in a Bucket," "Big Boss Man" (Jimmy Reed cover), "Tennessee Jed," "Row Jimmy," "Friend of the Devil," "Bird Song" into "Loose Lucy" back into "Bird Song."
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Their second set consisted of: "Mr. Charlie," "Truckin'," "New Speedway Boogie," "Estimated Prophet," "Shakedown Street," "Drums," "Space," "I Need a Miracle," "Dear Prudence" (Beatles cover) and "U.S. Blues."
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Their final song and rousing encore was a cover of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door."
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