Dead & Company will return to the road this summer as the popular post-Grateful Dead spinoff group comprised of Bob Weir, Billy Kreutzman, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti will visit a mix of stadiums and amphitheaters across the country beginning with two gigs in Boulder, CO on July 10th-11th.
As per the band’s initial announcement earlier this month, the upcoming run of summer tour dates will be the only Dead & Company performances in 2020. Drummer Mickey Hart spoke more in-depth about the summer tour and the reasoning behind only a month’s worth of summer performances planned for later this year in a new interview with Asbury Park Press.
“The band’s playing great now, and these will be the only shows of the year,” Hart said earlier this week. “So it’s very worthwhile, being part of this great organization now in this part of my life. The band’s playing great, that’s all that really matters … We’re not just playing the tunes, of course. We’re re-inventing them every night, so it’s a pleasure to do that — so much fun and so rewarding to see how much they love the music now.”
Hart continued, “We just needed to play this amount of dates because people wanted to do their other things — John, he has a life, and so does Bob and me and Bill — and also to have a little family time at this time in our lives. I think it’s part of the rhythm, the overall rhythm of the band … So playing this summer really will get it out and then after that there’s other projects that will be happening with me and Bill and of course Bob.”
Hart didn’t go into detail on what those other “projects” could be, but knowing Weir’s seemingly never-ending performance schedule, more Dead-related performances involving the original members are always likely to come into existence in the near future. Weir is currently in the middle of a week-long run of shows at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA with his other Dead-focused band, Wolf Bros.
Dead & Company’s 2020 concert run will follow a very successful 2019 summer trek which resulted in the band’s highest tour earnings yet, grossing $40.9 million from 486,917 tickets sold–marking an average of 25,627 fans in attendance per show.
For more information on the upcoming tour, head to the Dead & Company website here.
[H/T Asbury Park Press]