Dead & Company continued their swing through the southern states last night with the first of two shows in Texas at American Airlines Center in Dallas, and the band brought out another debut to add to their ever-expanding repertoire of Grateful Dead tunes.
The new song came near the end of set one, which opened with “Shakedown Street” and also featured favorites like “Brown-Eyed Women,” “Friend of the Devil” and a few nods to the Lone Star State—the recently debuted “Deep Elem Blues” and Marty Robbins’ “El Paso.”
Tucked in between two servings of “The Music Never Stopped,” Dead & Co. offered their first live performance of “Easy Answers,” a latter-day Dead tune written by Bob Weir along with Robert Hunter, Rob Wasserman, Vince Welnick and Bob Bralove. The song first appeared in 1993 and also found its way into the Ratdog rotation and onto Wasserman’s 1994 star-studded Trios album, where he recorded the track with Weir and Neil Young.
Set two brought it back to Dead staples, including the classic run of “Scarlet Begonias” into “Fire On the Mountain” and a set-closing “Casey Jones,” plus a cover of The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence.” The night then rounded out with an encore of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”
See the full setlist below as it appears in our Box Scores section, along with video of the set openers courtesy of the band. Dead & Company continue the home stretch of their fall tour tonight at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX.
Dead & Company
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Set I: Shakedown Street, Brown-Eyed Women, Deep Elem Blues, Friend of the Devil, El Paso, They Love Each Other, The Music Never Stopped > Easy Answers* > The Music Never Stopped
Set II: Here Comes Sunshine, Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain > Eyes of the World > Drums > Space > Dear Prudence > The Wheel > Casey Jones
Enc: Knockin on Heaven’s Door
Notes: *First time played by Dead & Company