Dead & Company continues to build momentum ahead of their 2019 summer tour by gradually sharing the official audio and video footage from the band’s fall 2017 and winter 2018 tours. So far, the band has released the pro-shot videos of “Deep Elem Blues” and “If I Had The World to Give“. The band continued their video vault rollout on Friday with the release of “Eyes Of The World”, which was originally performed by the latest incarnation of the Grateful Dead during the second set of their show at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia back on November 16th, 2017.
The band’s performance of the lively Dead tune, which originally appeared on 1973’s Wake Of The Flood, featured Bob Weir on what were customarily Jerry Garcia‘s lead vocals. John Mayer also joined in by taking the higher vocal harmonies during the song’s anthemic chorus, only to tear into a groovy guitar solo shortly thereafter. Both Weir and Mayer stood side-by-side as the two guitarists played away throughout the number’s lengthy first solo. The second half of the song saw keyboardist Jeff Chimenti step up to let his fingers dance away on the piano. The performance kept rolling along with a fun Oteil Burbridge bass solo which led the band into a group outro jam. Nicely done, fellas! You watch the full pro-shot video of the song below.
Dead & Company – “Eyes of the World” [Pro-Shot] – 11/16/2017
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SiriusXM’s Gary Lambert also continues to provide thought-provoking liner notes to go with the release of every video and audio performance as part of the band’s latest fan-friendly initiative. As he notes about this week’s video selection,
In the early 70s, the Grateful Dead started building improvisations around a lively little riff based on an E Major 7th chord that reminded quite a few people of the rhythm guitar part from the great 60s soul hit by Archie Bell and the Drells, ‘Tighten Up.’ Eventually, that lick evolved into the foundation of one of the most enduring songs in the Dead catalog, ‘Eyes Of The World,’ which made its recorded debut on ‘Wake Of The Flood’ in 1973. All these years later, the song remains a highlight of many a live show, as you’ll hear in this version, with instrumental solo contributions by John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge.
Friday’s Spotify arrivals for the band’s ongoing rollout of soundboard audio included their full performances from Capitol One Arena in Washington, DC on November 11th, 2017 and the Spectrum Center in Charlottesville, NC on November 28th, 2017. Dead & Company fans should keep their eyes and ears checking up on the band’s social media accounts, as more videos and audio recordings are expected to arrive throughout next week.