Photo Credit: Stevo Rood
Last night, June 7, Dead & Company continued their final tour by stopping at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, located approximately 20 miles outside St. Louis’ city center. During the performance’s first half, the band nodded toward smoke-tinged skies caused by the Canadian Wildfires with a take on “Black-Throated Wind.” After throwing in a few more choice numbers, a high point of the show occurred when the ensemble busted out “Johnny B. Goode” for the first time since 2021. The song choice had extra meaning, considering it was revisited while the band passed through Chuck Berry’s hometown.
After commencing the night with a collaborative take on Sam Cooke’s classic “Good Times,” the band continued to pick up covers, proceeding with the Johnny Cash tune “Big River.” After working through the favored number, Weir and Mayer traded licks and lyrics with the arrival of “Friend of the Devil” prior to a run-through of the Jerry Garcia penned “They Love Each Other.” From the emotional depths of the aforementioned love song, the band arrived at “Black-Throated Wind,” weaving in some environmental meaning considering the migration of smoke across The States.
“Big Railroad Blues” came before a partial “Dark Star,” which unfolded into a bust out of “Johnny B. Goode,” the song was last performed by Dead & Company on Sept. 13, 2021, at the exact location as Wednesday night’s concert. The tune catapulted the band into their set break, and after approximately 30 minutes, the players returned to the stage and cut into “Eyes of the World,” which merged into the second half of “Dark Star” to kick off the latter portion of their concert.
From the intoxicating rhythm of “Fire on the Mountain” emerged “Shakedown Street,” which, upon completion, brought the band into the Hart-led “Drums” and “Space” segment. From the ancient beats of the drummer’s favored practice came riffs of “The Eleven” performed in full, although deprived of its “St. Stephen” and “William Tell Bridge” pairing. Instead, the band positioned “The Eleven” in front of “Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” led by Weir.
For the final song of the main frame, Dead & Company treated the audience to “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad,” which saw Weir, Mayer, Burbridge, and Chimenti take on some of the traditional lyrics. Cheers from the crowd called the group for their encore, a heartfelt cover of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” to cap their time in St. Louis.
After last night’s concert, Dead & Company will take tonight off the road before arriving in Chicago for a two-night stand at Wrigley Field. Tickets remain on sale for night one, June 9. For more information, visit deadandcomopany.com.
For those unable to attend in person, livestream the concert via nugs.net.
Scroll down to view last night’s complete setlist.
Dead & Company
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis
June 7, 2023
Set I: Good Times (Sam Cooke), Big River (Johnny Cash), Friend of the Devil, They Love Each Other, Black-Throated Wind, Big Railroad Blues, Dark Star (V. 1) > Johnny B. Goode+
Set II: Eyes of the World, Dark Star (V. 2) > Fire on the Mountain > Shakedown Street > Drums > Space > The Eleven > Death Don’t Have No Mercy, Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad
Enc.: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan)
+ Bust out last played on Sept. 13, 2021