October 15, 2019 at 6:48 pm #147234
For those of you who have been unaware of this amazing re-birth of the Grateful Dead, it happened like this according to Wikipedia:
“John Mayer recounts that in 2011 he was listening to Pandora and happened upon the song “Althea” by the Grateful Dead, and that soon Grateful Dead music was all he would listen to. In February 2015, while Mayer was guest hosting The Late Late Show, he invited Grateful Dead guitar player Bob Weir to join him in a studio performance. A bond developed between the two, and while Weir and the other three surviving core members of the Grateful Dead were preparing for their 50th anniversary shows, dubbed Fare Thee Well, Mayer began practicing the band’s large catalog of songs. That August, Mayer and original Grateful Dead members Weir, Hart, and Kreutzmann formed the band, along with keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and bassist Oteil Burbridge. Mayer expressed a particularly strong enthusiasm toward playing with the new band.”
John has more than adequately filled the vacuum left by Jerry Garcia, and to me, Dead & Company is in many ways actually better than the original Grateful Dead. When it comes to lead guitar improv, I can’t think of anybody better than John Mayer:
Just search Youtube for “Dead & Company”. There are several complete concerts also.
October 16, 2019 at 9:51 pm #147300
I think the Dead and Company performs the GD’s arrangements in a more structured and coherent manner than the Grateful Dead performed their own arrangements. John Mayer, does Jerry a great service by maintaining the integrity of Jerry’s tone and perpetual noodling capacity. Garcia would play to the chord and over chords like none other. On those nights when the dead were really “on” they were “ON.” I doubt Jerry really studied music. John Mayer is Juliard trained and has the unique ability of assimilating his and other guitarists styles in a brilliant capacity. Thank you for sharing this rendition. This, like so many of the Dead’s arrangements is wonderful. I am gonna give this another listen!
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