Dead & Company descended upon the St. Louis area on Sept. 13, and celebrated the event with an encore nod to local legend Chuck Berry.
The Hollywood Casino Amphitheater gig marked Dead & Co.’s first St. Louis-area show since 2015, and the band wasted no time, as the opening notes of “Iko Iko” sent the crowd into a serious dance groove.
Highlights from the outing included a tour debut of Johnny Cash’s “Big River,” a nice back-to-back “Jack Straw” and “U.S. Blues” to end the first half, and a “Drums”> “Space”> “Wharf Rat”> “Sugar Magnolia” to end the proceedings.
As previously mentioned Dead & Company honored Berry with their encore, a rocking “Johnny B. Goode.”
Music history buffs may also recall that Berry’s longtime keyboardist Johnnie Johnson, who the song was written for, was an early member of Bob Weir’s RatDog.
“It was so great to be back in St. Louis. We missed you all and hope you had as much fun as we did,” the band wrote afterwards. “See you all Wednesday night in Deer Creek!”
Check out the full setlist and watch clips of each set opener below:
Dead & Company
Sept. 13, 2021
Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, St. Louis, Mo.
Set I: Iko Iko, Cold Rain and Snow, Ship of Fools, Big River, It Hurts Me Too, Black-Throated Wind> Jack Straw, U.S. Blues
Set II: Bertha> Good Lovin’, China Doll> Shakedown Street> Terrapin Station> Drums> Space> Wharf Rat> Sugar Magnolia
Enc: Johnny B. Goode