After Deadhead mania burst to life again for their well-received concerts in July at Chicago’s Soldier Field, some (but not all) of the surviving members of the Grateful Dead are carrying on as the newly branded Dead & Company for a tour that will land Nov. 21 at Target Center.
Singer/guitarist Bob Weir and percussionists Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will be joined on the tour by a new younger disciple, “Body is a Wonderland” hitmaker John Mayer, whose prowess as a blues guitarist is well-known. Original Dead bassist Phil Lesh -- who reportedly wants to focus on his solo career -- will not be part of the band, and neither will Phish’s Trey Anastasio, who joined them at the Chicago shows as well as some earlier summer dates at San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium.
Rounding out the band will be Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and Weir’s RatDog bandmate, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. Their first show will be Oct. 29 in Albany, N.Y., followed by a two-night stand at Madison Square Garden.
Tickets to the Target Center date go on sale next Friday, Sept. 18, through AXS.com for $50, $75 and $99. Seats will be sold for the back half of the arena floor, while the front half will be general-admission standing for the hardest-boogying Deadheads. The show falls on a Saturday night, which adds the likelihood of a sell-out.
After last year’s performance by Weir’s RatDog to inaugurate the newly renovated Northrop Auditorium, the last time a Dead-affiliated act of this level played the Twin Cities was when Weir and Lesh performed together as Furthur in 2010, also at Northrop.