Dead & Firm returned to New York’s Citi Field on Friday for the third show on the band’s highly predicted 2021 tour.
The New York Mets‘ digs on Seaver Way have delivered a welcome residence for Useless & Corporation every summer time considering that the band’s inception, and the continuation of the tradition in 2021 marked a milestone instant for quite a few in attendance. It really had been a extended, strange excursion considering the fact that the Grateful Dead offshoot’s last excursion to Citi Subject, when John Mayer availed himself of Jerry Garcia‘s “Wolf” guitar for the entirety of the overall performance.
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Bob Weir (guitar/vocals), Bill Kreutzmann (drums), Mickey Hart (drums), John Mayer (guitar/vocals), Oteil Burbridge (bass/vocals), and Jeff Chimenti (keys/vocals) produced their intentions for the evening acknowledged early, opening the festivities with the Dead & Co debut of Sam Cooke‘s “Good Times”, a later-several years stay staple for the Grateful Useless.
Useless & Company – “Good Times” (Sam Cooke) [Pro-Shot] – 8/20/21
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Mayer, Weir, and Chimenti all took their turns on vocals on the get in touch with for celebration prior to permitting the excellent instances roll appropriate into a Mayer-led “Bertha”, giving the band a likelihood to start off stretching its legs. Holding the mood gentle and the vibe proper, Dead & Company moved into “Good Lovin”.
Island jams shifted to chilly iron beds as Mayer—clad in a cutoff t-shirt with a neon pink “ROCK OUT” across the front that seemed to wink at Sob Rock—steered the practice into “Big Railroad Blues”, supplying the guitarist a prospect to flex his blues chops prior to Chimenti stepped in for his initially of a lot of MVP times on the night with a searing piano solo.
From there, the band sauntered into “Ramble On Rose”, Weir seizing the moment—back in this cavernous stadium after a calendar year locked down—by placing some excess gusto into key lines. The audience responded in kind, specifically on the compulsory explosion for “just like New York Metropolis.” This variation rambled out to a lot more than eleven minutes in length, run nonchalantly by Oteil’s very low-conclude bounce and Chimenti’s Frenchmen St. swagger on the keys.
After a pause, the bobbing momentum of the opening established ongoing with “They Like Each Other”. A single of Mayer’s standout tunes with Dead & Co, this rendition observed him experiment with his delivery of the adored Robert Hunter lyrics as he played cat and mouse with Burbridge’s winding bassline and traded guitar lines with Weir.
Weir, searching correct at property onstage in his shorts, retook the reins up coming for a person of his signature tunes, “Cassidy”, which wielded to the storm of jazzy, ambient prospers to fly out on a calming improvisational voyage.
A set-closing “Casey Jones” presented up some pleasurable locomotive visuals from behind the band, though some lyrical flubs and skipped connections saved it from buying up as significantly steam as standard.
The band retook the stage just just after 9:25 p.m and jumped into a flowing “Eyes of the World” that permitted them sufficient time and area to discover as they painted watercolor tones and bounced freeform musical suggestions off of each individual other over the system of virtually twenty blissed-out minutes.
Dead & Corporation – “Eyes of the World” – 8/20/21
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The tunes eventually uncovered its way into “Uncle John’s Band”, still one more launchpad for 15+ far more minutes minutes of moody, swaying, entire-band improv. From the ashes of this jam rose a Burbridge-sung “China Doll” that could provide a tear to a glass eye, followed by a carefully enjoyable operate by the typical “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” combo.
A incredibly unique Drums/Room ensued, as Mickey Hart interpolated some new audiovisual content material from his Voices of the Rainforest project into his nightly foray into the rhythmic not known along with Invoice Kreutzmann and their not too long ago-inducted third Rhythm Devil, Oteil.
The “Space” was just as interesting as the rainforest “Drums”, as the band wove into a lengthy “Spanish Jam” to incorporate some Latin taste to the soundtrack in advance of gliding into “Althea” and, in convert, a attractive “Stella Blue”.
Back on March 27th, 2020, when the realities of the pandemic had been just location in, I wrote an earnest but lighthearted belief piece for this site termed “Quarantine Is The Drums And Area Part Of Your Everyday living.” Its titular metaphor was culled from the loftiest of all scholarly media: a meme.
My timelines have been way off, and we’re considerably from “out of the woods” even now, but the main of the metaphor has held up until eventually now. You can examine the unnecessarily deep dive into the strategy here, but the gist of the piece—in my naive, March 2020 mind—was this: “We’re about to journey into some severe ‘unknown.’ We really don’t know how lengthy it will past, or what will materialize in the meantime, but just like Drums/Place, we know that the comfortable embrace of a Grateful Dead ballad awaits us on the other aspect.”
When I wrote that piece, this was the moment I experienced in brain: standing on the concourse at Citi Area with my mates, breeze rippling through the crowd as we dive into the ether with Mickey and Billy and wind up in “Stella Blue”, back exactly where we commenced, exact as it’s usually been. I’ve seen a lot of concert events since stay new music flipped back on, but this just one struck a specific chord.
With time for just one extra, the band shut out established two with “U.S. Blues” and returned for an encore rendition of The Band‘s “The Weight”.
The pounds of actuality reared its head on Friday evening, as well, as news of a fan’s deadly drop from the stadium balcony through the clearly show spread throughout the internet. The tragedy hung in excess of early morning-after recollections, a sobering reminder that even as we arise immediately after a year and a fifty percent of currently being aware of COVID’s risks, the other threats of currently being out in the globe keep on being. Take treatment of your people, practice moderation, be safe and sound, be smart, make clever alternatives. We want to see you once again up coming time.
Dead & Firm tour carries on tonight, Saturday, August 21st, with a overall performance at Philadelphia, PA’s Citizens Bank Park. For a full list of forthcoming Useless & Co tour dates, head right here.
Setlist: Dead & Business | Citi Field | Queens, NY | 8/20/21
Set A person: Good Times*, Bertha > Fantastic Lovin’ > Major Railroad Blues, Ramble On Rose, They Really like Every single Other, Cassidy > Casey Jones
Set Two: Eyes of the World > Uncle John’s Band > China Doll# > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider > Drums > Space > Spanish Jam > Althea > Stella Blue, U.S. Blues
Encore: The Weight
^featured “Spanish Jam”
#Oteil on guide vocals