The expanded Billy & The Kids lineup – Bill Kretuzmann, Billy Strings, Tom Hamilton, Reed Mathis, Aron Magner and James Casey – continued their live audience debut on Tuesday, July 13 with their final ‘Dead on the Rocks’ show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Like the evening prior, there was plenty of room for the band to explore during the fun-filled performance.
An opening “Dear Mr. Fantasy” bled into the coda of “Hey Jude,” which immediately allowed fans to sing-along. Then, the Grateful Dead material arrived, with a nice pairing of “Cassidy”> “Jack Straw.”
Later in the first half, the evening’s first sit-in arrived, as mandolinist Paul Hoffman of Greensky Bluegrass added some extra twang to “Me and My Uncle,” “Mama Tried” and “Dire Wolf.”
“Shakedown Street” offered a nice set-closer and, after a quick break, the band wasted no time in the second half, quickly working from a version of The Who’s “Join Together” into the classic “Franklin’s Tower.”
Other set two highlights included the Jerry Garcia Band favorite “That’s What Love Will Make You Do,” followed by an improv-laden, five-part “Help on the Way”> “Slipknot!”> “The Music Never Stopped”> “Peggy-O”> “Dear Prudence” jam.
“Brokedown Palace” ended the show, but Billy & The Kids still had one more surprise as they welcomed percussionist Jeff Franca to the stage for their four-part encore of “Drums”> “Lady With a Fan”> “Terrapin Station”> “I Know You Rider.”
Read the Dead on the Rocks night one recap here.
Check out the full setlist and a clip of the opener below:
Billy & The Kids: Dead On The Rocks
July 13, 2021
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colo.
Set I: Dear Mr. Fantasy> Hey Jude, Cassidy> Jack Straw, My Sisters and Brothers, Me and My Uncle^, Mama Tried^, Dire Wolf^, Shakedown Street
Set II: Join Together> Franklin’s Tower, To Lay Me Down, That’s What Love Will Make You Do, Help on the Way> Slipknot!> The Music Never Stopped> Peggy-O> Dear Prudence, Brokedown Palace
Enc: Drums*> Lady With a Fan*> Terrapin Station*> I Know You Rider*
^with Paul Hoffman
*with Jeff Franca