Living Grateful Dead Members, John Mayer to Play Fenway Park
During their 30 years as America’s greatest live rock band (Editor’s Note: This opinion may not be shared by all Boston staff members), the Grateful Dead played many iconic venues all over the world, but they never played Fenway Park. In July, three of the surviving members will perform at the famed ballpark for two nights as Dead & Company, the new band formed last summer after all of the surviving members of the Grateful Dead performed together for the last time at the Fare Thee Well concerts in San Francisco and Chicago.
Dead & Company consists of Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead, along with singer/songwriter John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge of the Allman Brothers, and Jeff Chimenti of Rat Dog. Mayer is tackling the vocals and guitar covered by late band leader Jerry Garcia. The other member of the Grateful Dead’s surviving “core four”, Phil Lesh, 75, spends most of his time playing solo, often at the venue he owns in California, Terrapin Crossroads.
The Fenway Park shows on July 15 and 16 will end the band’s 17-day tour, which takes them to venues located mostly in the eastern United States. The band is playing not one, but two ballparks on this tour: On June 25 and 26, the band plays two shows at the home of the New York Mets—Citi Field, in Queens.
Dead & Company played the DCU Center in Worcester in November.
Tickets for Dead & Company at Fenway Park go on sale February 18 at 10 a.m. Prices have not been released.