LIVE: Dead & Company @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 6/21/16

June 22nd, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg

Back in October, the latest spin-off incarnation of the Grateful Dead launched their inaugural tour with a concert at Albany’s Times Union Center. The pieces didn’t quite all fit together perfectly, but there was no doubt that the new line-up of Dead & Company – featuring Grateful Dead alum Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann augmented with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti – definitely showed promise.

On Tuesday evening (June 21), the band returned to Greater Nippertown for their debut at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, where the Grateful Dead still hold the record for the biggest concert crowd. And this time around, they lived up to the promise…

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LIVE: Dead & Company @ Times Union Center, 10/29/15

November 2nd, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

“The only thing there is to say
Every silver lining’s got a touch of grey
I will get by, I will get by
I will get by, I will survive…”

Yes, for one night last week, Albany was the center of the jam-band universe as Dead & Company launched their maiden tour at the Times Union Center, before heading down to NYC for their big two-night Halloween weekend stand at Madison Square Graden.

Carrying on the Grateful Dead spirit and vast song catalog, Dead core members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir teamed up with keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, bassist Oteil Burbridge and guitarslinger John Mayer for the sprawling two-set show that touched on most facets of the band’s rich musical history.

Of course, blues and pop hitmaker Mayer was the big X-Factor, but in fact, he slipped into the classic Dead sound with aplomb on guitar, and from his first lead vocal on “Cold Rain and Snow” to the encore of “Touch of Gray,” in which he shared the lead vocal chores with Weir, it was clear that he had done his homework.

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