Dead & Company defies evening rain with mighty ‘morning dew’ in Philadelphia [Photos/Videos]

Dead & Company defies evening rain with mighty ‘morning dew’ in Philadelphia [Photos/Videos]

May be Death & Company should try to play more often in bad weather. The Grateful dead derivative group composed of 3 former students (drummers Mickey hart and Bill kreutzmann and guitarist / singer Bob weir) and 3 young males (guitarist / singer John mayer, keyboardist / singer Jeff Chimenti and bassist / singer Eye Burbridge) were forced to make an announcement before the show that the Saturday night show at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia would not have an intermission due to severe incoming storms and would instead consist of a lonely set.

But that Mother Nature-inspired move just happened in Philly, a town whose Deadheads have a 50-year history of pushing the group ahead of them to play harder. The result was a powerful and energetic show that lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes and in addition to closing the tour’s strongest show to date, also featured a highlight of Dead & Company.

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With light rain and a temperature of 77 degrees and 88% humidity, the show kicked off just after 7.15pm with an exploratory and relaxed version of “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” underlined by Weir’s unusually powerful vocals.

Dead & Company – “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” [Pro-Shot] – 08/21/21

The pace picked up with an upbeat “Alabama Getaway” that featured a nice Hammond B3 organ solo from Chimenti, but the band continued their curious practice of cutting this song down to about four minutes and not giving Mayer. a solo closing shot.

After a short break the band switched to “Jack Straw”, but their long, slow introduction fell behind, as did the opening verses and the first instrumental section. But then Mother Nature stepped in to hand out a pair of rainbows above the stadium as the crowd went wild, and from there it was time to go. Mayer strummed a few percussive chords to speed things up before the last verse, and the extended closing jam found Mayer employing the ending. Jerry Garciaage-old practice of this song of nimble leaps between individual notes and light chords.

Dead & Company – “Jack Straw” (with rainbow) – 08/21/21

[Video: Tom F]

A stand-alone “Franklin’s Tower” was a welcome and surprising choice as a fourth song, and it upped the energy level a few notches, where it would stay for the rest of the night. This version also contained a nice change: after Mayer sang the line “If you’re confused, listen to the music play,” he gave way to his solo spot for Chimenti, who responded with a long, powerful B3 solo with a long a section of sounds at the end that clearly recall the spirited approach of the B3 taken by the late keyboardist Grateful Dead Brent Mydland.

Weir now had a difficult act to follow, but he did it with ease by deploying a second set classic, “Estimated Prophet,” as the fifth song in the series. He confidently stepped into his groovy seven-beat meter with the slight alterations to the melodic lines that distinguished the Dead & Company versions of this song. His outro jam kept to a more insistent pace than usual and was followed by Dead & Company’s very first pairing with “Sugaree”, one of Mayer’s centerpieces with the band, on which he used the solos to get ripped apart like Garcia once did.

“Terrapin Station” followed and cast their otherworldly spell for a full 18 minutes with the help of an extended introduction and a pleasant walk in the middle of the song. He made three strong, solid passes through his dramatic fence section before spilling out into Weir’s signature scrambling vehicle, “The Other One,” which lasted 17 minutes longer. It contained the introduction of Burbridge’s rumbling bass which may have been felt more than it was heard, and between the verses there was a determined interaction between Mayer and Chimenti which was set apart by Jeff’s continued use of synth effects, which prompted Mayer to start modifying his guitar tones as the segment progressed.

Dead & Company – “The other” – 08/21/21

[Video: Tom F]

The Interlude Drums featured regular work from Hart, Kreutzmann and Burbridge, but Hart (wearing a red Phillies jersey) had a bigger reaction from his extended solo on The Beam, waving to the crowd with outstretched arms. before shaking the stadium with several violent blows to the strings of the instrument with a metal pipe. The next Space segment quickly turned into a determined jam that heavily alluded to “The Wheel” for several minutes while Mayer peppered the music with guitar noises reminiscent of Tony Iommi’s work on Black’s “FX” track. Sabbath’s. Flight. 4 LP.

Eventually, “The Wheel” arrived as the rain fell harder, but this 12-minute version had a lot more oomph than the version in Raleigh there are three shows on the tour’s opening night.

By now it was clear that Mayer was having a great evening, successfully taking risks and trying different approaches, but he had landed a musical jackpot in the “Morning Dew” that closed the set. His tempo was faster than usual as Weir delivered the vocals with the same force he showed during the opening of the “Half Step” show, and Mayer pulled off the mid-song solo while employing skilful and tasteful tremolo-assisted string bending. .

Dead & Company – “Morning Dew” (partial) – 08/21/21

[Video: Tom F]

After Weir sang the final verse, Mayer knocked the house down with his closing solo, starting with some of his trademark finger selection before continuing and working his way up as the drummers cranked up their intensity to stay with him. . Burbridge then dropped a few bass bombs as Mayer made her way towards the fan-shaped approach, and just when the music couldn’t climb any higher, Mayer took her to an even higher place that no one knew about. ‘it existed before Weir sang the fence line. Mayer had shot for the moon and touched it, and he knew it right away. This version of “Morning Dew” will remain one of John Mayer’s signature moments with Dead & Company, and it provided a knockout end to the strongest ensemble on the tour so far.

On paper, the band had planned to end the set with “One More Saturday Night”, but they wisely chose to push it all the way to encore and not have it try to follow directly “Morning Dew”. From there, the planned “Brokedown Palace” encore gave the crowd a sweet group hug before sending them out into the rainy night.

So, was it a show with a first set of four songs stuck on a second “normal” set, or was it a marathon “second” set with an 8-song pre-Drums that would fill an XLII-S cassette with 100? minutes alone? Either way, it was a winner – and Dead & Company went out of their way before 10 p.m. to get everyone out of the room safely.

The Dead & Company tour continues Monday August 23 in Bethel, NY. For a full list of upcoming Dead & Company 2021 tour dates, head over to here.

Setlist: Mort & Company | Citizens Bank Park | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 08/21/21

Ensemble: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Alabama Getaway, Jack Straw, Franklin’s Tower, Estimated Prophet> Sugaree, Lady With A Fan> Terrapin Station> The Other One> Drums> Space> The Wheel> Morning Dew

Again: One more Saturday night, Brokedown Palace

Corina C. Butler

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