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Last night, Dead & Company continued the Southern leg of their final tour, stopping at Atlanta’s Cellairis Amphitheatre, where they ran through two frames of music throughout the course of the evening. The first set included a few choice numbers that nodded toward the day of the week, featuring Sunday classics like “Samson and Delilah” and “Friend of the Devil.” Then, they scooped up another heap of fan favorites during the latter half of the night, including favored pairings such as “China Cat Sunflower” and “I Know You Rider” and more. 

The Sunday night concert kicked off with Bobby Weir and John Mayer trading lyrics on “Cassidy,” which melded into an ensuing take on “Deal” that also functioned as an invitation for the crowd to rise to their feet and move along to the music. From there, the band picked up the Sunday staple, “Samson and Delilah,” before continuing the theme with “Friend of the Devil.”  Then, the tempo shifted as Mayer picked up the lead on “It Hurts Me Too,” adding a thick layer of feeling with the bluesy addition. 

From the depths of the Tampa Red original, Dead & Company shifted their tone back to a celebratory feeling with the addition of “Tennessee Jed.” Continuing their first set in the Peach State, Otiel Burbridge led the group through a relatively rare tune for this unit of players, “If I Had the World to Give.” In total, the band has played the love song 11 times since 2017. Last night’s rendition marked the first time Dead & Company ran through the tune since their 2022 summer tour, making it a welcomed addition to the setlist. 

The aforementioned number ran into “Going Down the Road Feeling Bad,” which saw Weir, Mayer, Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti all toss in some traditional lyrics to cap the first set. After a break, the group reemerged, ready for the second half of the night, which commenced on “Althea.” Weir pulled in “Estimated Prophet” next, which kicked off a sequence that included “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider,” followed by “Eyes of the World” and the Mickey Hart-led “Drums” and “Space” pairing. Finally, “Lady With a Fan” emerged from the percussionists’ display and naturally shifted into its sister tune, “Terrapin Station.” 

Dead & Company’s Atlanta display concluded after a heartfelt cover of Bonnie Dobson’s “Morning Dew.” Following the band’s time at the Cellairis Amphitheatre, they will take tonight off the road before picking up their next show on May 30 at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, N.C. For more information, visit the band’s official website.

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Dead & Company 

Cellairis Amphitheatre – Atlanta

May 28, 2023

Set I: Cassidy > Deal, Samson and Delilah, Friend of the Devil, It Hurts Me Too, Tennessee Jed, If I Had The World to Give, Going Down The Road Feeling Bad

Set II: Althea, Estimated Prophet > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Eyes of the World > Drums > Space > Lady With a Fan > Terrapin Station > Morning Dew