Dead & Company wrapped up a two-night run at the famed Alpine Valley Music Theatre in style last night, playing their hearts out for a great performance with countless Grateful Dead classics. Powered by three of the band’s core members, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, Dead & Company are carrying the torch with a gusto. Perhaps it’s the new energy that John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti bring to the table, but there’s no denying that this band has some magic.Unlike the first night of the Alpine run, where Dead & Co debuted two new songs, the band focused on familiar tunes with a passion. Opening with “Samson & Delilah,” the first set was heated up by “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo,” “Loose Lucy,” “Standing On The Moon,” “Crazy Fingers,” “Althea” and a sing-along of “Goin Down The Road Feelin’ Bad” that featured vocals from Burbridge.Set two had the biggest surprise of the night, as the band opened the set with “Sugar Magnolia” but segued into “Viola Lee Blues” before playing the “Sunshine Daydream” coda. The set raged on with a great “Scarlet > Fire” combination and wrapped into a psychedelic “Drums/Space” odyssey, before returning with “Wharf Rat.” Only after “Wharf Rat” would the band conclude their opening song, hitting the “Sunshine Daydream” section in stride.The encore brought two emotional Jerry Garcia tunes to light, as the band brought out acoustic guitars and played “Ripple.” With a little time left, the band broke out into one more song, a great “Touch Of Grey,” to end the show.Check out video highlights [from velvethammer2002 except where indicated], audio via WMWV Radio, and the full setlist below!Crazy FingersAltheaDrums/SpaceWharf Rat [via zoothorn99]RippleTouch Of Grey [via thisspaceisgettinghot] Edit this setlist | More Dead & Company setlists
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi stopped by SiriusXM in New York City last month, while in town for a show at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Tedeschi Trucks Band is currently promoting their latest studio album, which has experienced a dramatic change in meaning since its release in February. The band lost their forever keyboardist/flutist Kofi Burbridge on February 15th, the day that the album–which was dedicated to several of their mentors that have recently passed: Leon Russell, Col. Bruce Hampton, Butch Trucks, and Gregg Allman–officially released, and the day they started a three-week tour. So of course, their interview with SiriusXM begged the questions of how they endured it all.On Wednesday, SiriusXM shared a portion of their interview with Tedeschi and Trucks which was recorded for their Volume channel during the two’s visit. The brief clip features mostly Trucks discussing the emotional state of the band after losing a few friends while in the early stages of the recording process on their latest album, the personal history they have with their longtime tour bus, and of course Kofi.Related: All Brothers Band Releases New Track, “In The Beginning”, In Honor Of Kofi Burbridge“This time when we went into the studio everyone was, you know everyone was wrecked and trying to unpack a lot of things that happen in a short amount of time. I don’t think the band or any of us individually had ever fully felt that way,” Trucks admitted at the beginning of the video before stating that the process of playing and writing with his bandmates, in addition to playing every night while on tour, certainly made for a therapeutic and cathartic experience.“Our tour bus, ‘Old Red,’ has 1.3 million miles on it, we’ve had it a long time,” Trucks continued before Tedeschi chimes in to point out that the bus is on its second engine. “Kofi was in that bus with us for a million miles so there’s something nice about being there … With Kofi passing, everything feels more in-your-face, and all the lyrics take on a different meaning.”Fans can watch the portion of the radio interview in the video below.Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi – SiriusXM Interview[Video: SiriusXM]Tedeschi Trucks Band will take the new few weeks off to rest before returning to the road for a run of European tour dates beginning on April 2nd in Paris. Fans can check out Tedeschi Trucks Band’s website for a full list of 2019 tour dates and more information.