Dead & Company
Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir joined forces with singer/guitarist John Mayer to form the band Dead & Company, along with Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. Their critically acclaimed performances draw from the Dead’s historic catalog of songs.
Dead & Company initially announced only one concert – October 31, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York – but announced a full tour shortly afterward. Kicking off with three sold-out concerts at the legendary Madison Square Garden and ending the year with two sold-out performances at the Forum in Inglewood, California, the band has toured every year since. To date, there have been more than 110 Dead & Company concerts, including multiple-night stands at Citi Field in New York; Wrigley Field in Chicago, where a concert attendance record was set for the iconic ballpark; Fenway Park in Boston; Folsom Field in Boulder; Shoreline Amphitheater in San Francisco; and the famous Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy. The band headlined Bonnaroo in 2016 and have performed in markets in which the Grateful Dead had not performed for more than 20 years.
The band’s 2018 Summer Tour is ranked #12 on Pollstar’s 2018 Mid-Year Top 100 North American Tours chart. During the tour, 117 songs were performed, including six songs Dead & Company had never before played: “Alabama Getaway”, “It Hurts Me Too”, “It’s All Over Now”, “Jack-A-Roe”, “Mr. Charlie” and “The Eleven”. Additionally, Dead & Company helped raise more than $1.1 million by performing at a private fundraiser in the Hollywood Hills, to benefit Oceana’s mission of protecting and preserving the world’s oceans.
Dead & Company again partnered with HeadCount and Reverb, who traveled with the band to present their “Participation Row” village of nonprofit entities, including March For Our Lives; the movement and organization that were started by high-school students who survived the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. HeadCount also organized voter registrations at Dead & Company summer shows. Fans who took actions with at least three of the nonprofits at Participation Row were entered to win a signed D’Angelico guitar. For the 2018 Summer Tour, more than 22,000 total actions were taken, with nearly 6,500 fans registering to vote and receive election alerts. More than 4,000 Nalgene water bottles were sold at the concerts, which meant more than 20,000 plastic water bottles were avoided.