On Saturday night, Dead & Company returned to Chicago, IL’s Wrigley Field for their second and final show of the weekend at the historic ballpark.
The Grateful Dead spin-off band—comprised of Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti—opened up their first set with a monstrous pairing of “Lady With A Fan” into “Terrapin Station”, which set an exploratory tone for the remainder of the show. Weir stepped up to the mic to lead his bandmates through “Sugar Magnolia” before Mayer stepped up to the plate and fired off a series of explosive guitar solos. “Sugar Magnolia” smoothly segued into a bouncy rendition of “Mr. Charlie”, which featured some spot-on lead vocal work from Mayer. Moving out of the song’s main theme, Chimenti and Mayer locked into some delicate interplay, backed by Kreutzmann, Hart, and Burbridge’s fierce rhythm section. The band continued on with “High Time”, “Friend Of The Devil”, and a rockin’ “Bertha” before pairing up “Mama Tried” into “Turn On Your Love Light” to close out their first set.
Dead & Company – Wrigley Field (Set One Opener) – 6/15/2019
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Following a brief setbreak, Dead & Company returned to open up their second set with “Spanish Jam”, which smoothly coasted into “Scarlet Begonias”. The band was firing off on all cylinders, with Mayer and Chimenti trading off a series of ever-evolving solos. “Scarlet Begonias” made way for “New Speedway Boogie”, allowing Chimenti another chance to dazzle the crowd with a roaring solo on his grand piano. Dead & Company moved forward with the traditional segue of “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot!” > “Franklins Tower” before crashing into their customary “Drums/Space” segment of the evening. Next, Weir took the vocal lead on the second verse of “The Other One”, which was left open-ended at the band’s show the night prior. “The Other One” coasted into a tender take on “Standing On The Moon” before the band closed things out with a groovy “Sunshine Daydream”. Dead & Company returned to open up their encore with “Ripple”, with the joyful Windy City crowd singing along. The sextet properly closed out their encore with “One More Saturday Night”, allowing fans one more chance to dance and shake their bones.
Dead & Company – Wrigley Field (Set Two Opener) – 6/15/2019
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Checkout a beautiful gallery of photos below from Saturday night’s show courtesy of photographer Daniel Ojeda.
Next up for Dead & Company is a performance at Saratoga Springs, NY’s Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, June 18th. For a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to Dead & Company’s website.
Setlist: Dead & Company | Wrigley Field | Chicago, IL | 6/15/2019
Set One: Lady With A Fan > Terrapin Station, Sugar Magnolia > Mr. Charlie, High Time, Friend Of The Devil, Bertha, Mama Tried > Turn On Your Love Light
Set Two: Spanish Jam > Scarlet Begonias > New Speedway Boogie, Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklins Tower > Drums/Space > The Other One v. 2 > Standing On The Moon, Sunshine Daydream
Encore: Ripple, One More Saturday Night