Dead & Company came to Orlando’s Amway Arena on Wednesday night for the 3rd makeup show from last fall’s tour. John Mayer quipped, “This has been a great fall tour”! They had to cancel due to Mayer’s emergency appendectomy. Mr. Mayer has healed in fine guitar shape. There was a general admission floor complete with deadheads, beach balls and balloons.
The show started about a half an hour late, but all was forgiven as soon as the band hit the stage. Those who don’t know, Dead & Company consists of three original members of the Grateful Dead. Bob Weir on guitar and vocals, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann both on drums. Oteil Burbridge who was with the Allman Brothers Band from 1997 to 2014 is on bass. Jeff Chimenti from Rat Dog is on the Hammond B3 and John Mayer on guitar and vocals.
Dead and Company’s setlists are primarily Grateful Dead tunes but they do play covers from Junior Wells to Paul Simon. No two setlists are ever the same and that’s a great thing for the fans! It’s a chill, relaxed atmosphere which might be in part due to the smell of marijuana in the air and the feel of the 60’s and 70’s hippie age, but mainly it is the flow and love of the music. Whether it’s the Grateful Dead or Dead & Company, it has its own distinct vibe that you will never experience at any other concert. The band is tight and the jams are lengthy and have great style! Lights and changing Dead graphics are spectacular!
There was a 30-minute intermission with the band coming back to play the second set until well after midnight. Over three hours for the fans to revel in the music. You can register to vote at the show or buy an environmental friendly Grateful Dead water bottle. Bob Weir and Phil Lesh are doing a duo tour billed as “Bobby & Phil” with upcoming March dates in Boston and Chicago! Dead & Company will be starting a summer tour on May 30th!
Be sure and check out www.deadandcompany.com for tour dates.:
Link to Orlando setlist –
photos from Vickyi Sullivan / Rock the Lens Photography