Dancing Bears and Skeleton's bearing rose crowns flock to 7th/8th Avenue for Dead & Company's debut at Madison Square Garden. A band Jerry Garcias would surely be pleased with, John Mayer and Oteil Burbridge join Dead's core members, Billy Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Bob Weir and Jeff Chimenti. They play to a packed house Halloween weekend, reviving the energy and power of the Dead's legacy. As a raised Deadhead, I longed for the opportunity to see them live. Now I have 5 times -- Fare Thee Well tour in Chicago and this hybrid version of Dead&co. reminding me and all Deadheads of the power and genius behind the music. Mayer rips the guitar to pieces, singing in new tones and ranges creating accessibility to a younger audience basking in the freedom of tie-dye hippie lifestyle of the past.
Cannot wait to follow this tour and see where this great band goes.
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