I saw Dead & Company last weekend at Citi Field in NYC and I have to say that they were great. I haven’t been to many post Dead related band shows. I listened to many of the shows of these bands and they just failed to connect with me. I’m not sure why but I’m thinking that all to often the guitarist faced with the task of “being” Garcia was either tying to be “too Jerry” or “not enough Jerry”. It’s to John Mayer’s credit that he really nails the right balance between the two poles. It was especially interesting to hear his Stevie Ray Vaughan roots poke out in the context of a Dead tune. Check out his playing on ‘Viola Lee Blues’ from the show.
Dead & Company – ‘Viola Lee Blues’ – Citi Field, New York City – 6/24/17
My personal favorite moment came when bassist Oteil Burbridge stepped up to the mic to sing one of my favorite Jerry songs, “Comes A Time”. Again, John Mayer’s playing hits that sweet spot between Being Garcia and Not Being Garcia .
Dead & Company – ‘Comes A Time’ – Citi Field, New York City – 6/24/17
In the words of another Dead tune, “Thank you for a real good time”.