Dead & Company has announced a 31-date summer and fall tour. The jaunt kicks off on August 16th at Raleigh, North Carolina's Coastal Credit Union Music Park and will play double-night runs in Chicago, Illinois; Mansfield, Massachusetts; and Greenwood Village, Colorado; before wrapping over three nights — October 29th, 30th, and 31st at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl.
Along with Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann — the band is rounded out with guitarist John Mayer, former-Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge, and longtime RatDog and Dead sideman, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.
Mickey Hart shed light on the emotions the Dead feels once on stage and in the moment: “It’s magic, y'know? You can’t really describe it, but it’s transformational in nature. I mean, you’re taking a spirit, and you’re changing it into some kind of a form. In this case, it’s vibration — controlled vibration, which we call sound or music. So, that’s the great alchemist’s work, y'know? That’s what we’re doing — we’re taking nothing and turning it into some thing of great beauty. So, that’s the alchemical work. We’re sculpting in sound.”