UPDATE: Sources near Useless and Firm initially claimed that 2022 would be the final 12 months the band excursions collectively. Nevertheless, after Grateful Useless founding member Bob Weir tweeted his shock about Useless & Co. suspending touring, sources modified their tune and say discussions proceed concerning the destiny of the band. The band itself mentioned in an announcement: “Useless & Firm has made no official choice as to this being their last tour.”
Useless and Firm began in 2015 with three of the unique “core 4” Grateful Useless members, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Invoice Kreutzmann (bassist Phil Lesh didn’t be part of), alongside John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti. The group has been one of the constant stay acts within the music trade ever since, enjoying every year from 2015 till the pandemic struck in 2020 earlier than returning as soon as once more for an additional tour final summer time.
Mayer’s love for the Grateful Useless went again a number of years earlier than he joined Useless and Firm, telling Rolling Stone in 2013: “This free expressive form of spirit — I pay attention and I need to discover a mixture of that openness. I sort of need to go to [a show like a Dead] present, if it nonetheless existed,” Mayer mentioned on the time. “However I want that there have been tunes that I used to be extra conversant in. I want that I could possibly be the singer. I want I might have harmonies.” Two years later, the band shaped with him standing in for the legendary Jerry Garcia.
Whereas Deadheads have typically speculated what number of extra excursions the band would embark on, rumors had been circling amongst followers lately that this tour could be the final. The band’s administration declined to touch upon the tip of stay touring.
Useless and Firm’s most up-to-date tour final fall had some shakeups as Kreutzmann missed a number of dates over non-Covid-related well being issues. At first of 2021, he needed to pull out of the later-canceled Taking part in within the Sand reveals in Mexico citing well being issues associated to his coronary heart.
Useless and Firm introduced their 2022 summer time tour on the finish of March, and ticket gross sales for the reveals went stay Friday morning. The band will kick off their last tour on June 11 at Dodger Stadium, and their last present will probably be a couple of month later at Citi Subject in New York on July sixteenth. Tickets for the reveals can be found on the band’s web site.