Dead and Company Final Round Starts at Forum in Los Angeles


dead and companyThe group’s last summer tour, at least in its current incarnation, officially kicked off Friday, May 19 at the Los Angeles Forum. The first of a two-night stand, the group — featuring the original members Bob Weir and with Mickey Hart john mayerOteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti, and Jay Lane (replacing Bill Kreutzmann, who had to sit down on his 2023 tour) – they were musically at the highest level, playing nearly four hours and covering the Grateful Dead catalog from their first studio cut (“St. Stephen,” “The Eleven) ”) to Jerry Garcia solo songs (“Deal”, “The Wheel”) to fan favorites (“Eyes of the World,” “Wharf Rat”).

The show’s arena-sized production completed the brilliance of the moment, with video screens switching between psychedelic colors and images to match the lighting that felt more Phish-like than previous outings. The LA crowd soaked and smoked her in a warm collective embrace.

If night one set the pace with stand-ups like “Estimated Prophet”, “Sugar Magnolia” and the show’s opening “Shakedown Street”, the second night rewarded loyalists with multi-layered “Terrapin Station” and “Franklin’s Tower”. The somber and thoughtful harmonies of “Brokedown Palace”. Vocally, the voices of all the members were great, but Mayer added understated elegance to his lead songs, especially “Althea” and “Sugaree.”

What do fans think of this “Final Lap” as the march is billed? Grateful as she looks – taking one last lap with thousands of agreeing minds in a familiar space.

To document the run is long-time Grateful Dead photographer Jay Blakesberg, who captured the energy of the scene in the images below.

Mickey Hart and Bob Weir

Bob Weir

john mayer

Josh Mayer, Bob Weir and Hotel Burbridge

Hotel Burbridge and Mickey Hart

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