It was a night to remember for Grateful Dead fans at Wells Fargo Center on November 16 as ‘Dead and Company’ (members of the original Grateful Dead with John Mayer) took fans on a trip down memory lane.
Multiple generations of Dead Heads packed the Wells Fargo Center for a night of psychedelic rock music, dancing bears, acid flashbacks, and a visually stunning light show. The two-set show began on a slowed down cover of ‘Dancing in the Street’ by Martha and The Vandellas which had the crowd twirling and swaying from the get-go (and of course cheering when the band sang the line “Philadelphia, PA”) and Mayer and Bob Weir traded off on vocals.
Three Grateful Dead covers followed: ‘Ramble on Rose’, ‘Row Jimmy’, and ‘Friend of the Devil’, with Mayer taking some unexpected liberties with his vocals. They rounded out their first set with two more Dead covers – ‘West L.A. Fadeaway’ and ‘Let It Grow’.
After the break, the second set kicked off with a drawn-out jam that worked its way into a half-hour long rendition of ‘Dark Star’ to the delight of the crowd. Some other highlights of the second set included an uptempo version of ‘Deal’, a cover of the Beatles’ ‘Dear Prudence’, and lead singer musical charis on ‘Going Down The Road Feeling Bad’ with Mayer, Weir, and Oteil Burbridge all taking turns behind the mic. ‘Black Muddy River’ served as the encore before the band packed it up for the evening.
Despite the sky-high ticket prices, almost all of the Dead and Company fans we spoke to really felt that they got their money’s worth from the performance and were grateful for the chance to see the current form of one of their all-time favorite bands grace the stage in 2017.
[Photos by Rick Pettine]
[Article by David Miller & Rick Pettine]
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