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After months of speculation, Dead & Company have revealed they will hit the road for their final tour next summer. The group broke the news on their official social media accounts, where they released a statement sharing information about their last run of shows.
The official statement reads: “Word travels fast and we wanted to be the first to let you know that Dead & Company will be hitting the road next summer for what will be our final tour.” The ensemble’s announcement continues, “Stay tuned for a full list of dates for what will surely be an exciting, celebratory, and heartfelt last run of shows.”
Dead & Company embarked on its first tour in 2015. Comprised of the Grateful Dead original members: Bobby Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, alongside industry mainstays Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti and John Mayer. Since their debut performance, the ensemble has continued the Dead’s longstanding tradition of summer tours over the past eight years.
Members of the ensemble shared also shared their personal thoughts the decision to conclude touring. Amongst the comments were words shared by Kreutzmann, who wrote: “The Grateful Dead always felt timeless from our very beginnings at the Acid Tests where ‘time’ did some funny things so we left it behind altogether. This music will always exist, always evolve, always be the soundtrack of our ever changing lives.”
He continued, “I have loved this chapter with Dead & Company, as we got to explore The Music with some new interpreters and different antennas, but we always knew it was just a chapter. The Music never stops.”
Weir added his own brief statement via his official Instagram account, “Well it looks like that’s it for this outfit; but don’t worry we will all be out there in one form or another until we drop…”
See the band’s official statement below.