The Dead & Co. has announced its “Fall Fun Run” mini-tour taking in two stops each at New York's Madison Square Garden and — for the first time — Hampton, Virginia's Hampton Coliseum. Tickets go on sale next Friday, August 23rd at 10 am ET via Ticketmaster. So far, the four shows are the only ones on the books for the remainder of 2019.
Along with Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann — the band is rounded out with guitarist John Mayer, former-Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge, and longtime RatDog and Dead sideman, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.
Dead co-founder Bill Kreutzmann told us he believes that although revered by the Dead's audience, one of the primary reasons why the band is so beloved is because they were never larger than life, just happy and proud, working musicians: “We’re people, we weren't gods or anything. I know we’re held in incredibly high esteem — our Deadhead fans, thank you very, very much — but we are just people and we all learned to play an instrument and we got together at the right time. It was synchronicity at its best, I would say.”
Although some Dead originally scoffed at the notion of John Mayer taking over lead guitar duties for the Dead, a while back, he told us that adopting new styles has always been part of his musical makeup: “That's easy for me to deal with because even before I even made a record I was playing pop music and I was playing blues music. And I interchangeably ripped down the Pearl Jam posters and put up the Stevie Ray Vaughn posters and then take those down and put up the pop music. It's been no surprise to me that I was going to play different music each time out.”
UPDATED: Dead & Co tour dates (subject to change):
October 31 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden November 1 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden November 8, 9 – Hampton, Virginia – Hampton Coliseum January 16, 17, 18, 19 – Cancún, Mexico – Playing In the Sand 2020 at Moon Palace