Will Dead and Company Stop Touring After 2022?

UPDATE: Sources near Useless and Firm initially claimed that 2022 would be the final yr the band excursions collectively. Nonetheless, after guitarist Bob Weir tweeted his shock about Useless and Firm suspending touring, the identical sources modified their tune and say discussions proceed concerning the destiny of the band. The band itself stated in a press release: “Useless & Firm has made no official determination as to this being their ultimate tour.”

Whew,” drummer Invoice Kreutzmann tweeted to Weir. “I believed you knew one thing that I didn’t! “#themusicneverstops #wewillsurvive.”


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 a part of), alongside John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti. The group has been one of the vital constant dwell acts within the music business ever since, taking part in every year from 2015 till the pandemic struck in 2020 earlier than returning as soon as once more for one more tour final summer season.

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 type of spirit — I hear 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 stated on the time. “However I want that there have been tunes that I used to be extra accustomed to. I want that I may very well be the singer. I want I may 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 not too long ago that this tour could be the final. The band’s administration declined to touch upon the tip of dwell 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 considerations. In the beginning of 2021, he needed to pull out of the later-canceled Taking part in within the Sand exhibits in Mexico citing well being considerations associated to his coronary heart.

Useless and Firm introduced their 2022 summer season tour on the finish of March, and ticket gross sales for the exhibits went dwell Friday morning. The band will kick off their ultimate tour on June 11 at Dodger Stadium, and their ultimate present shall be a few month later at Citi Subject in New York on July sixteenth. Tickets for the exhibits can be found on the band’s web site.

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