John Mayer teams up with mem­bers of Grate­ful Dead

The China Post - - ARTS - BY MESFIN FEKADU

Mem­bers of the Grate­ful Dead are com­ing back to life in a new su­per­group with John Mayer.

Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutz­mann and Bob Weir have joined with Mayer to form the band Dead & Com­pany. They will per­form Oct. 31 at New York’s Madi­son Square Gar­den (MSG).

The Dead re­united this sum­mer for the Fare Thee Well tour that in­cluded five shows in Chicago and Santa Clara, Cal­i­for­nia, cel­e­brat­ing their 50th an­niver­sary.

“Fare Thee Well proved to me that I’m not done ex­plor­ing new rhyth­mic ter­ri­tory with Mickey — I’m rec­om­mend­ing that ev­ery­one puts their hel­met on, be­cause we are go­ing to blast our way into some se­ri­ous drums and space,” Kreutz­mann said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day. “And with Mayer rid­ing shot­gun with Weir — we’re in good com­pany, so to speak.”

Though Phil Lesh was part of the Fare Thee Well tour, he is not par­tic­i­pat­ing in Dead & Com­pany. A press re­lease said he will “con­tinue to per­form in his band Phil and Friends.”

Tick­ets for the Hal­loween show will go on sale Aug. 14. Top­tier tick­ets will be priced un­der US$100, while US$50 tick­ets will be avail­able in honor of the Dead’s 50th an­niver­sary, ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease.

“There is a place where mu­sic, dreams and magic come to­gether,” Hart said. “Grate­ful Dead mu­sic is a por­tal to that place. It was built to last!”

Mayer, 37, said that he “deeply” loves the Dead’s mu­sic.

“It has inspired me in ways I never imag­ined. To help carry this mu­sic is the op­por­tu­nity and the honor of a life­time,” he said.

All­man Broth­ers’ bassist Oteil Bur­bridge and Rat­Dog key­boardist Jeff Chi­menti will also per­form at the MSG show.

“We’re not done with these songs and they’re not done with us,” Weir said. “We’re gonna take these old friends on some new ad­ven­tures.”


(Left) In this Aug. 3, 2002 file photo, The Grate­ful Dead, from left, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutz­mann, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart per­form dur­ing a re­union con­cert in East Troy, Wis­con­sin. (Right) In this Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, mu­si­cian John Mayer per­forms at the Rock In Rio USA event in Times Square, New York. Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutz­mann and Bob Weir have joined forces with Mayer to form the band Dead & Com­pany.

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