Dead & Company Wows Philly With Much Joy

Featured Image by Brian Hineline

As the doors to the Wells Fargo Center were basically pried open at 7pm, fans hooted and hollered as they rushed in to the arena for Dead and Company‘s fourth stop on their tour. The show took off immediately at 7:30, prompting fans loitering in the lobby to rush even faster to their seats.

The elaborate, large skull mounted above the stage lit up in many different colors and created a fun-loving ambiance. Immediately, John Mayer‘s smooth vocals on “Here Comes Sunshine” in harmony with Bob Weir‘s voice was heavenly. The guitar jams elongated the song and was a great opening, showcasing Mayer’s guitar as perfectly suited for the Grateful Dead sound (also, shout-out to John Mayer’s double denim look…see below).


Photo by Brian Hineline

On “Candyman,” Mayer took lead on the vocals. He sounded great and the fans seemed to dig it. It was obviously Mayer-esque, but didn’t overshadow the Grateful Dead vibes. “Cumberland Blues” sounded amazing with the vocal harmony again and the energy picked up as the speed increased. Bassist Oteil Burbridge jammed alongside Mayer and was visibly having a good time. The first set concluded on “Casey Jones” and intensified with rapid accelerando and coming to a slow stop.


After a long intermission, the band picked up again with “Iko Iko” with fans clapping and chanting back. Bob Weir’s boss voice led the call and response. The energy definitely was not lacking as the band grooved along. John Mayer was feeling himself, as the young kids say, as he moved vigorously. Part of the reason the crowd stayed standing was the enthusiasm shown by the band throughout their set as they kept moving. “China Cat Sunflower” had Weir slaying on the guitar and the crowd roared. The song went right into “I Know You Rider” seamlessly.

After “Sugar Magnolia,” an elaborate drum/percussion break featured Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart in their percussion cage. Alone on the stage, they went from a rock feel to a super psychedelic vibe. They whipped out bows to create a low murmur while high pitched sounds resonated. The lights reflected cool colors all across the stage and arena.

After the encore, the band gathered in the center of stage and bowed out to the audiences to the front and behind the stage. They didn’t say a word that night addressing the audience, but the fans were delighted and left with smiles on their faces.

What did YOU think of the show? Tell us in the comments below!


  1. Lauren S

    November 10, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I wasn’t at the show itself, but I went with AMH to Shakedown Street beforehand, which was awesome! It’s like a big family reunion.

    • Wakana Narisako

      November 10, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      I was looking for Shakedown Street but couldn’t spot it!

  2. Bryana Natale

    November 11, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Denim on denim is the way to my heart. Tbh though, I actually didn’t know about Dead & Company. Sounds like an interesting mix. Can’t wait to check them out.

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