Dead & Company brought their 2019 tour to The Gorge in George, WA, on Friday evening for the first of two shows at the scenic venue, and though the band and audience had to deal with colder temperatures that caused some members to don hoodies and multiple layers of clothes, the group delivered another two sets of favorites from the Grateful Dead catalog, including a new one for Dead & Co.
After opening the night with “Feel Like a Stranger” and running through staples “Cumberland Blues,” “Dire Wolf,” “Loser” and “Loose Lucy,” Dead & Co. offered their first-ever live performance of Robert Hunter’s “It Must Have Been the Roses,” followed by a set-closing “The Music Never Stopped.”
Set two rolled on with an opening “Here Comes Sunshine” and a “Dark Star” that would return three songs later after “Scarlet Begonias” and “China Doll” and lead into an “Eyes of the World” that preceded “Drums/Space.” As JamBase notes, the band surfaced after “Space” with a “Black Peter” that prompted the video screen at the back of the stage to show an image of the late Jerry Garcia along with Dr. John, the New Orleans legend who passed away this week (see photo below). A rousing “Casey Jones” closed the set, before the band returned to wrap up night one with the encore favorite “Ripple.”
Check out the full setlist below as it appears in our Box Scores section, along with pro-shot video of both set openers via the Nugs.tv webcast. Dead & Company return to The Gorge tonight for round two.
Dead & Company
The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
Set I: Feel Like a Stranger, Cumberland Blues, Dire Wolf, Loser, Loose Lucy, It Must Have Been the Roses*, The Music Never Stopped
Set II: Here Comes Sunshine > Dark Star > Scarlet Begonias > China Doll > Dark Star > Eyes of the World > Drums > Space > Black Peter > Casey Jones
Notes: *Dead & Company debut