Dead and Company 2021 Tour Announcement – North American Tour Schedule
Dead and Company is all set to go back on tour for 2021 with 31 upcoming dates across the most famous venues in the country. Beginning on August 16th in Raleigh, the group will grace the stages of Wrigley Field, Citi Field, and Hersheypark Stadium before wrapping up with three nights at the Hollywood Bowl in October.
Dead and Company tours have happened every single year since the band was announced in 2015… except 2020. The group is composed of former Grateful Dead members (Dead) — Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzman — being joined on stage by singer-songwriter John Mayer, Oteil Burbidge, and Jeff Chimenti (and Company). With a big tour originally planned for summer 2020, they were forced to cancel due to the growing concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19. In the update that the tour was cancelled, they released a powerful statement.
They told fans to “keep the faith and believe in the power of music,” before promising that “we will return. We will get by. We will survive.” As it turns out, they were correct. Each member of Dead and Company has been touring for decades, thriving on the power of packed crowds, singalongs, and improvisational rock solos that are only amplified in the stadium.
In 2015, the aforementioned Grateful Dead members along with original bassist for the band, Phil Lesh, announced the Fare Thee Well shows — an official sunset for the greatest, live rock band of all time, The Grateful Dead. With Phish front man, Trey Anastasio, picking up lead guitar for the shows in the stead of rock pioneer Jerry Garcia, the shows were lauded across press. But Bobby, Mickey, and Billy weren’t quite done yet — despite having been playing together since the 60s.
As preparations were being made for the Fare Thee Well events, John Mayer had the opportunity to host The Late Late Show and asked Bob Weir to join him for a studio performance. This ignited a strong bond between the two, and as the Fare Thee Well concerts were proceeding, John was glued to his speakers practicing and studying the eras of the Grateful Dead catalog; identifying nuanced differences in the way jams were entered and segued depending on the touring year. In August of 2015, Dead and Co was officially announced, with an initial show set on the horizon for the fall in New York City.
As the years have passed, Dead and Co have performed across the country to immense praise with the grace in which John, Jeff, and Oteil are able to embrace the original voice of the Grateful Dead spirit while inserting their own flair. In this success, 73 year old Bob Weir has expressed unmatched optimism for the future of the band as he told Billboard:
“We were playing…and suddenly I was viewing this from about 20 feet behind my head, and I looked over at John from that point of view and it was 20 years later and John was almost fully gray. I looked over at Oteil and his hair was white. I looked over to my left and Jeff’s hair was all gray.” [Then, looking to where he, Hart and Kreutzmann would be playing,] “it was new guys, younger guys holding forth, doing a great job…playing with fire and aplomb….It changed my whole view of what it is that we’re up to. I find myself wondering, ‘Well, what are they gonna be saying about this new approach or this honoring of this tradition? What are they gonna be saying about that in 200 or 300 years at the Berklee School of Music?’ That’s the kind of stuff that goes through my head now because this legacy here, there’s a chance now that they’ll be talking about us in years to come. So I find it incumbent on myself to think in those terms.”
If you’re an experienced “Deadhead” or new to the scene, be sure to discover the renewed power of Dead and Company on 31 stops across the United States this fall, with tickets on sale now! Check the tour dates below.
Dead and Company Tour 2021 Tour Dates
August 16, 2021 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
August 18, 2021 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
August 20, 2021 – New York, NY – Citi Field
August 21, 2021 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
August 23, 2021 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
August 25, 2021 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
August 27, 2021 – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts
August 28, 2021 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
September 2, 2021 – Mansfield, MA – The Xfinity Center
September 3, 2021 – Mansfield, MA – The Xfinity Center
September 5, 2021 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
September 7, 2021 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
September 10, 2021 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
September 11, 2021 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
September 13, 2021 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino
September 15, 2021 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
September 17, 2021 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
September 18, 2021 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
October 6, 2021 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
October 7, 2021– Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
October 11, 2021 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
October 12, 2021 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Bank Amphitheatre
October 14, 2021– Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
October 15, 2021 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
October 22, 2021 – Greenwood Village, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
October 23, 2021 – Greenwood Village, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
October 25, 2021 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
October 27, 2021 – San Diego, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheater
October 29, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
October 30, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
October 31, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl