Friday, January 01, 2016

It Looks Like The Dead Aren't Really Dead....Again

The band who retired and unretired in the shortest time, the Grateful Dead, have said that they will continue in 2016.

Specifically, John Mayer said from the stage of the L.A. Forum on New Year's Eve "At the risk of rocking any boats, known and unknown, we'll see you next year."

The Grateful Dead played what was supposed to be their final concert on July 5 at Soldier's Field in Chicago but, mere week's later, it was announced that three of the four surviving members of the group (Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzman) along with Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, would go out on the road as Dead & Company.

The announcement was greeted with a mix of elation and disdain from fans, some thrilled that the Dead, in some form, would go on and other saying they felt ripped off by the high prices for the final concerts when, in fact, it wasn't the end.

Nineteen shows later and with the tour wrapping up on New Year's Eve, most thought it would finally be the end, at least for this iteration, with Mayer returning to his solo career, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

The show, which was three sets long, included such Grateful Dead standards as Jack Straw, Truckin', Terrapin Station, Drums, Space and China Cat Sunflower but closed out with a cover of Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London.