Dead & Company closed the summer leg of their tour with a two-night run at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. The first evening was delayed due to dark clouds on the windy city’s skyline and was delayed twice after the lightning made landfall. Fortunately, Saturday’s performance was uninterrupted and the band closed the season on a high note.

On Friday, Dead & Company opened with “Let the Good Times Roll,” brightening up the mood of the concerned fans, but after just three songs they ended the first set with “Ramble On Rose,” due to the storm.

Dead & Company came back after some time for their second set where they jammed as long and consistently as they could. They started with “Dancin’ In The Streets” then “Playing In The Band” > “Scarlet Begonias” > “Deal” > “Fire On The Mountain” > “Drums” > “Space” > “Playing In The Band” > “All Along The Watchtower.” They closed the set with “Not Fade Away.”

The band came back on stage for an encore and played “Ripple” but were again cut short due to the weather.

The band wrote on Twitter, “It was all night pouring, pouring rain…We didn’t let the weather dampen our spirits on Friday. Thank you, Chicago!”

Saturday’s weather gave the band the opportunity to close their tour properly. They opened with “Althea” which over the tour has become John Mayers signature track. The band quickly came together with “Uncle Johns Band,” into “He’s Gone.” They debuted a cover of Willie Dixon’s “Little Red Rooster.” They closed the first set properly with “One More Saturday Night.”

The second set was a doubleheader of long-form jams opening with “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider,” then “Estimated Prophet” > “Eyes Of The World” > “Drums” > “Space” > “Milestones” > “Days Between” > “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot!” which led into the second “Franklin’s Tower” to close the second set.

They encored with “Brokedown Palace” and “Touch Of Grey”

“Thank you, Chicago for such a spectacular night to end the summer leg of our tour,” said the band at the end of the night “We can’t wait to see everyone again in October!”

Dead & Company will be on a break until Oct. 6 They’ll return to the stage in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Photo by Jay Blakesberg

Dead & Company
Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL
Sept. 17, 2021

Set I: Let The Good Times Roll, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo, Bertha, Ramble On Rose

Set II: Dancin’ In The Streets, Playing In The Band > Scarlet Begonias > Deal > Fire On The Mountain > Drums > Space > Playing In The Band > All Along The Watchtower, Morning Dew, Not Fade Away

Enc: Ripple

Dead & Company
Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL
Sept. 18, 2021

Set I: Althea > Uncle John’s Band > He’s Gone, Brown-Eyed Women, Little Red Rooster, Jack Straw, One More Saturday Night

Set II: China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Estimated Prophet > Eyes Of The World > Drums > Space > Milestones > Days Between > Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower

Enc: Brokedown Palace, Touch Of Grey