By Brian Ives
The Grateful Dead may have upset a few people over the past few months. First, there was their “Fare Thee Well” shows in Chicago and San Francisco, which cost fans a small fortune to attend.
Then, three of the four Grateful Dead principals — guitarist/singer Bob Weir and drummers Billy Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart — announced that they’d be touring as “Dead and Co.,” performing Grateful Dead music, which made the finality of the “Fare the Well” shows seem a bit… anti-climatic (the difference being that bassist Phil Lesh isn’t participating in the project).
But their latest announcement may get themselves back into good graces with their fans. They’ve announced that they are doing a free concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden on November 7. The band announced the show on their website, where a link leads to a page on American Express’s website, with a message that reads:
“After selling out two shows at Madison Square Garden, Dead & Company has teamed up with American Express to add a 3rd FREE show to the tour! To thank all the fans out there for the ongoing support, any member of the general public can enter for a chance to win two tickets to see the band at MSG on November 7!”
Dead and Co. features Weir, Hart and Kreutzmann along with John Mayer on lead guitar and vocals, Oteil Burbridge (formerly of the Allman Brothers Band) on bass and Jeff Chimenti on keyboards. They kick off their tour in Albany on October 29, and have already sold out Madison Square Garden on October 31 and November 1.