Dead & Company fans were surprised to see Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti on opposite sides of the stage on Wednesday night in Albuquerque, NM, with the bassist standing to Bob Weir’s left and the keyboardist playing on John Mayer’s right.
Otherwise, the band’s only Southwest show fell in line with their previous outings, with a nice mix of high energy favorites and pensive ballads.
They opened set one with “Mississippi Half Step” followed by “Crazy Fingers” led by Bob Weir and “Dire Wolf” led by John Mayer. Later, Weir called an audible on the end of set one, extending original closer “The Music Never Stopped” and jamming into “Easy Answers.”
Set two started with a fitting “Here Comes Sunshine” which made its way into “Uncle John’s Band.” Following a nice “Looks Like Rain,” the band dove into a classic “Help”>“Slip!”>“Frank” segment that bled into “Drums/Space.”
Before closing with party anthem “Good Lovin’” and an encore of “Johnny B. Goode,” Dead & Company brought back the weather motif with Bob Dylan’s “Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.”
Dead & Company will close out their headlining summer tour on July 13 and 14 in Boulder, Colo. They will also perform at the LOCKN’ Festival on Aug. 25 and 26.
Check out videos of each set opener, and the full setlist below:
Dead & Company
July 11, 2018
Isleta Amphitheater Albuquerque, NM
Set I: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Crazy Fingers, Dire Wolf, Big River, They Love Each Other, West LA Fadeaway, The Music Never Stopped> Easy Answers
Set II: Here Comes Sunshine> Uncle John’s Band, Looks Like Rain, Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower > Drums/Space > The Wheel > Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, Good Lovin’
Enc: Johnny B. Goode