For years, Dallas-based fans of the Grateful Dead have had to travel far and wide to see the band perform. While its members, including Bob Weir and Mickey Hart, have performed locally, the Dead hasn't performed its catalog here in decades.
That changes this winter: Dead and Company have announced a new fall tour that makes a rare stop in Big D. The band comes to American Airlines Center on Dec. 1. Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m.
Dead and Company, which includes original members Weir (guitar/vocals), Hart (drums/percussion), and Bill Kreutzmann (drums), alongside Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, was supposed to be a one-off project. In 2015, the group performed four Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago and northern California — with Phish singer Trey Anastasio on guitar and vocals — billed as their last performances ever. Later that year, the Dead announced it would continue performing and added Mayer to the lineup.
Since then, the band has never toured through Texas. Some of the closest stops were in Atlanta and Boulder, Colo. Having seen the group at Alpine Valley Resort in Wisconsin, I can attest Dallasites are in for a treat — a mix of classics tunes, deep cuts and wandering improvisations.