Dead & Company Extends Farewell with John Mayer (Updates)

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Update (October 5): Dead and Company are offering a free show. Yes, you read that right… They’ve teamed with American Express to offer a free concert at Madison Square Garden on November 7th. For details and to enter the drawing, click here.  Good luck!

Update (September 10): OK, now we know why there was a lengthy break in the original Dead & Company fall schedule. Another 11 arena dates have been announced between November 11-28. A pre-sale for Amex cardholders begins Wednesday, September 16; the public on-sale starts September 18. Complete dates below. Click here for ticket info.

Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart aren’t quite done with the band’s legacy after the five sold-our Fare Thee Well shows earlier this summer. They will join forces with guitarist, singer and songwriter John Mayer as Dead & Company on a tour that now begins in Albany on October 29th.  The road trip continues on Halloween night, October 31st, and November 1st at Madison Square Garden.

“Those songs weren’t done with us,” Weir told Billboard magazine in August. “It was a matter of who wanted to get back out on the road and keep doing it.” Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh will return to working with his band Phil and Friends. Other players on the tour are keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, who performed on the Fare Thee Well shows, and former Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge.

Mayer is a recent convert to Grateful Dead fandom after hearing the band’d 1980 song “Althea” on Pandora in 2011. He’s been jamming with members of the band since late spring. But the decision to pursue this tour wasn’t finalized until after the Fare Thee Well shows, all five of which Mayer attended.

“All the pieces just fell together magically,” noted Hart. “There was a kind of serendipity there — when you’re not actually looking for anything and then all of a sudden, it all appears.”

Oct. 29 – Albany, NY, Times Union Center

Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 – NYC, Madison Square Garden

Nov. 5 – Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center

Nov. 6 – Wash., DC, Verizon Center

Nov. 10 – Worcester, MA, DCU Center

Nov. 11 – Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center

Nov. 13 – Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena

Nov. 14 – Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum

Nov. 17 – Atlanta, Phillips Arena

Nov. 18 – Nashville, Bridgestone Arena

Nov. 20 – St. Louis, Scottrade Center

Nov. 21 – Minneapolis, Target Center

Nov. 24-25 – Broomfield, CO, 1stBank Center

Nov. 27-28 – Las Vegas, MGM Grand Garden Arena

Dec. 27-28 – San Francisco, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Dec. 30-31 Los Angeles, The Forum

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