Dead and Company, the second incarnation of The Grateful Dead, is on the loose on a US tour and would make a terrifying stop at New York’s Citi Field! The grandfathers of the Jam Band Scene will open their tour on August 16 at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will conclude with a three-night-long show at the Hollywood Bowl in LA.

The 2021 tour

Dead and Company have prepared 31 overall shows for their tour. The band had similar plans for 2020, only on is smaller scale. The tour included 17 locations. They were rescheduled due to the COVID pandemics.

Lineup and accolades

Credits: Dead & Company Official Facebook

Since Dead and Company’s creation in 2015, the lineup was all the same – original Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir joined forces with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti. Together, they’ve been a huge touring success. By this moment, they have six successful tours, playing in front of 3.4 million fans, and grossing $255.5 million from 149 shows. Incredible!

2020 wasn’t exactly idle for these rock veterans. At the beginning of the year, Dead and Company took part in the Playing in the Sand event in Cancun. Prior to the canceled tour, they were preparing to play at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Sadly, this turned out to be their first canceled show due to the COVID – 19 outbreak.

Dead and Company on tour

The band has been on the road since its creations. Apart from 2020, they haven’t missed a year. 2019 was especially productive when they were on tour twice – a Summer and a Fall Tour. The first one began on May 31, ending on July, while the second one spanned between October and December 31.

Tickets

As you may see, Dead and Company are not a rare occasion in New York. They will return sooner rather than later. However, interest in tickets is very high (which probably explains why they visit the Big Apple so often). So, hurry up or wait until next year.

Primary market

Ticketmaster serves as a primary market for the whole tour. Prices start relatively low at $91.50. But tickets are rather scarce at the primary market. And the majority are sold by a Verified Reseller. And this means that prices can be high. Secondary-market high. Still, most tickets are priced below $150. Prices at the Pit cost $488.00, while the most expensive tickets cost $2,135.00. Check the secondary market for better offers.

Secondary Market

Ticket quantities are higher at the Secondary Market, but so are the prices.

Stub Hub

Tickets might look cheaper at Stub Hub since prices start at $77. However, after adding fees the cheapest cost was $98. Which is OK. However, better-quality seats cost considerably more. Floor tickets start at $488, while tickets in the pit are between $536 and $1,144. If you have some money to spare, then buy a ticket at Promenade 519. They cost just $10,985.

Seat Geek

Seat Geek tells us that the best deal is the GA Pit, which costs $574. As a person that has been there – I can agree with this statement, but not with the price because the competition offers a bit lower prices for the same section.

Seat Geek’s tickets start at $101 including fees. They offer some exceptional seats at an equally exceptional price. The Ultimate VIP Lounge Package costs $5,762 USD, and Section 519, Row 15 that can be bought for $11,503 USD.

Dead and Company at the Citi Field

Dead and Company are quite familiar with the Citi Field. They have performed there four times at the iconic arena in front of crowds varying between 30 and 60k. Still, New Yorkers are always excited to see more of these veterans!

Their last performance was in 2019. The show ticked all the boxes for a stunning success, like a setlist full of classics, great weather, and even Jerry Garcia’s famed Wolf guitar.

The show was composed of two sets. What stunned the fans in the first set was the fact that the entire show wasn’t composed of Grateful Dead’s old-time classics. It was composed of some light grooves like  Cold Rain and Snow, Samson and Delilah, High Time.

The second set was more of the tribute of the Grateful Dead. Formed around Terrapin Station and Morning Dew. Fans saw a rather lengthy jam with a bunch of doodles from John Mayer.

Steve Malinski, NYS Music

The second set resembled the construction of a late 1970s Grateful Dead set anchored by two giant ballads, “Terrapin Station” to start the set and a post-Drums/Space “Morning Dew.” In contrast with these two more-scripted songs, the rest of the set took to a rather lengthy jam with “Truckin’” expanded well beyond its original form, teased upon in the outro of Space, including a few doodles from Mayer which briefly echoed a bit of David Gilmour’s guitar style. The set concluded after a rather short encore break and a melodious “Breakdown Palace” (the show was possibly running into a venue or local curfew).

Ross Warner, Glide Magazine

But it hasn’t all been about Deadhead easter eggs, the shows themselves have been getting stronger. What could they bring to Queens that the crowd hadn’t seen before? It turns out quite a bit. Photographer Jay Blakesburg had approached Mayer about playing Jerry’s famed Doug Irwin “Wolf” guitar as early as 2017. Mayer, whose annual night-before-tour posts reveal how much he really gets and respects what he’s been asked to do, told Blakesburg he felt he hadn’t yet earned the right.

In conclusion

One might say that the Citi Field would be full of Deadheads. And that does not sound at all creepy, especially in the context of Dead and Company and their concert at the Citi Field. These undying legends will rock this huge venue to its very foundation. And be sure to grab your ticket as soon as possible. See you in the pit!

Credits featured image: Dead and Company Official Facebook Page.

And Marc Anthony will melt the Barclays Center!