Dead & Company — Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, Bob Weir, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti — will perform a free concert for “fans, friends and family” at San Francisco’s historic Fillmore (capacity 1,150) on May 23. Tickets to this special concert will be made available at Ticketmaster.com beginning on Thursday, May 19, starting at noon PT. For those who receive tickets, the band asks in return that they “pay it forward in some way, large or small.” A release announcing the show reads “please share your good deeds and generosity with us, and let the cosmos know how you are paying it forward, by using the hashtag #DeadandCoSF.”
Dead & Company’s 2016 summer tour begins on the East Coast on June 10 at the PNC Pavilion in Charlotte, N.C. and wraps back in the Bay Area, which spawned the Grateful Dead more than 50 years ago, with a Shoreline Amphitheatre show in Mountain View, Calif., on July 30. The group’s cross-country run includes two nights at Citi Field in New York; a two show independence day weekend celebration at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo.; two nights at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wis.; and two shows at Boston’s Fenway Park. The shows will include two sets of music drawing from the Dead’s expansive catalog of songs.
The Dead and variations thereof remain one of the most powerful draws in the history of live music. Thirteen Dead & Company shows reported to Billboard Boxscore last fall grossed over $14 million and sold 172,797 tickets in North American arenas. Last summer’s historic Fare Thee Well shows featured the “core four” of surviving members Weir, Hart, Kreutzmann and Phil Lesh (who is sitting out Dead & Company), as well as Chimenti, Bruce Hornsby and Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio standing in for the late Jerry Garcia. Fare Thee Well’s two shows at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., and Soldier Field in Chicago, produced by Pete Shapiro and Madison House, produced the highest Boxscore of 2015, grossing over $52 million and moving over 360,000 tickets.