Dead & Company gave fans a tremendous performance at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre last night, playing the second night of a two night run through Southern California. After welcoming String Cheese Incident percussionist Jason Hann for a great show at Irvine Meadows one night earlier, the band continued their fury with a jamming performance in Chula Vista, CA, with NBA legend and beloved Deadhead Bill Walton in attendance.
The show saw the band open with creole favorite “Iko Iko,” before steering into the fun “New Minglewood Blues.’ American Beauty classic “Candyman” came next, before the group brought out their famed Johnny Cash cover “Big River.” “Friend Of The Devil” came next, before the band played the Ratdog song “Even So” for the second time ever this summer. The first time came earlier this year, as a tribute to the late Rob Wasserman. The jams continued with “Sugaree,” and the band closed out the set with “The Music Never Stopped.”
Set two kicked off with a big time jam session, which wound its way into “Truckin’.” Another American Beauty classic! The band was loose and firing on all cylinders, with John Mayer really showing off his chops during the song. “Althea” came next, before a big “Estimated Prophet” saw Bob Weir really let loose on vocals. The group veered into “Playin’ In The Band,” another Weir classic, before letting the new Rhythm Devils, aka Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and Oteil Burbridge, have some fun with “Drums.” The full band returned, including Jeff Chimenti, for “Space,” which then segued into a fun “Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad” that saw Weir, Mayer, and Burbridge trading vocals.
The band continued their set with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” and closed out set two with a powerful “Throwing Stones.” It was the Jerry Garcia classic “Black Muddy River” that concluded the show, sweeping up fans in its emotional shuffling groove. What a show!
Dead & Company wraps their tour this weekend with two performances in Northern California on Friday and Saturday, July 29th and 30th. Check out some video, the setlist, and some great images from Steve Rose Photos, listed below.
Sugaree (via 1bionicleking)
Estimated Prophet (via LoadOffAnnie)