Dead & Company - Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA 6/1/19 (Live) Digital

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Second shows of a tour are often easier than the first, with any traces of opening-night jitters or road rust set aside and the atmosphere just more relaxed in general. That seems to have been the vibe on night two at Shoreline as Dead & Company started building more than enough momentum to carry them through the summer.

Dead & Company - Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA 5/31/19 (Live) Digital

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Athletes will tell you that it’s always good to have home field advantage when you want to open a new season on a high note.  The same holds true for rock & roll bands, so it made eminently good sense for Dead & Company to launch Summer Tour 2019 at Shoreline Amphitheatre, located in the place where it all began, the San Francisco Bay Area.

Workingman's Dead (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

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Due July 10th, WORKINGMAN’S DEAD: 50th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION will be available as a three-CD set and digital equivalents featuring the original album with newly remastered sound, plus an unreleased complete concert recorded on February 21, 1971 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The show was mixed from the 16-track analog master tapes by Jeffrey Norman at Bob Weir’s Marin County TRI Studios and mastered by Grammy® Award-winning engineer, David Glasser, along with restoration and speed correction by Plangent Processes.

Dead & Company - Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL 6/30/17 (Live) Digital

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WRIGLEY FIELD – CHICAGO, IL – 6/30/17

Dead & Company could hardly have picked a more perfect place to close out their 2017 Summer tour than Wrigley Field, the storied and revered shrine to baseball on the North Side of Chicago. The home of the Chicago Cubs since 1916, Wrigley is the second oldest venue in the major leagues (predated only by another spot the band visited on the same tour, Boston’s Fenway Park). 

Dead & Company - Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL 7/1/17 (Live) Digital

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WRIGLEY FIELD – CHICAGO, IL – 7/1/17

There’s a longstanding tradition at Wrigley Field: after every Cubs victory, a banner bearing a big capital “W” (for “Win”) is run up the flagpole in center field. As June gave way to July, it felt as though Dead & Company, having played a killer of a show the previous day, had already clinched the pennant, but the band took the stage for the final two sets of the tour clearly determined to notch one more “W”

Dave’s Picks Volume 34: Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, FL 6/23/74

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"To my ears, the best Dead shows are those that not only fit the criteria that make them amongst the best of a year, but that are also completely unique for their era—shows that fit perfectly into their year of performance, but also fall somewhat outside of the norm for that year. Harpur College, Veneta, Cornell, Cape Cod, and Augusta are all shows that are objectively excellent, and if they are not the best from their respective years of performance, they are certainly unique.