Will Dead and Company stop filming after 2022?
UPDATE: Sources close to Dead and Company initially claimed that 2022 would be the last year the band would tour together. However, after guitarist Bob Weir tweeted his surprise about Dead and Company suspending the tour, the same sources have changed their tune and say talks continue over the band’s fate. The band itself said in a statement, “Dead & Company has made no official decision as to whether this will be their final tour.”
“Phew,” drummer Bill Kreutzmann tweeted to Weir. “I thought you knew something I didn’t!” “#themusicneverstops #wewillsurvive.”
Dead and Company began in 2015 with three of the original Grateful Dead “core four” members, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann (bassist Phil Lesh did not join), alongside John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti. The band have been one of the most consistent live bands in the music industry ever since, playing every year from 2015 until the pandemic hit in 2020 before returning once again for another tour. last summer.
Mayer’s love for the Grateful Dead dates back several years before he joined Dead and Company, telling rolling stone in 2013: “This kind of free expressive spirit — I listen and I want to find a mixture of this openness. I want to go to [a show like a Dead] show, if it still existed,” Mayer said at the time. “But I wish there were tracks I was more familiar with. I wish I could be the lead singer. I wish I could have harmonies. Two years later, the band formed with him replacing the legendary Jerry Garcia.
While Deadheads have often speculated on how many more tours the band will be undertaking, rumors have recently swirled among fans that this tour will be the last. The band’s management declined to comment on when the live tour ended.
Dead and Company’s latest tour last fall had some upheaval as Kreutzmann missed several dates for non-Covid health issues. In early 2021, he had to withdraw from later canceled Playing in the Sand shows in Mexico due to health issues related to his heart.
Dead and Company announced their 2022 summer tour at the end of March and the sale of tickets for the shows went live Friday morning. The group will kick off final tour on June 11 at Dodger Stadium, and their final show will take place about a month later at Citi Field in New York City on July 16. Tickets for the shows are available on group website.