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by Scott Bernstein
Dead & Company played their first full show since New Year’s Eve last night at The Fillmore in San Francisco. The band featuring Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann joined by Jeff Chimenti, Oteil Burbridge and John Mayerperformed at the intimate and historic venue in front of a capacity crowd made up of many who received free tickets through a lottery. Monday’s show included three Dead & Company debuts as well as plenty of Grateful Dead staples.
Weir and Mayer shared vocals on the hard-charging and jammed out “St. Stephen” opener. Bobby then took a turn up front on a loose “Hell In A Bucket” ahead of John leading the six-piece through “Cold Rain & Snow.” Former Van Halen frontman and Weir neighbor Sammy Hagar then emerged to sing the song he usually performs in such settings – “Loose Lucy.” While Dead & Company didn’t perform any Bob Dylan covers over the course of their first tour last year, last night’s first set included a version of “Queen Jane Approximately” played one night before Dylan’s 75th birthday. “Brown-Eyed Women” closed out the opening stanza.
Dead & Company opened the second set with their second of three debuts, “Big Railroad Blues.” The band then stormed through a Mayer-sung take on “Sugaree” before Weir led them through “Estimated Prophet.” Mayer and his mates showed off their improvisational prowess on the “Dark Star” > “The Other One” sequence that followed and then trotted out the debut of the Garcia ballad “Days Between.” The six-piece ended the second set with the traditional pairing of “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider,” while “Brokedown Palace” served as encore.
The band now has a few weeks off before kicking off tour in Charlotte on June 10.
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