The Deadheads Respond to Rumor of Dead Ending and Company Tour
Bob Weir, founding member of Grateful Dead, is a straight shooter. When I asked him about life after the final “Fare Thee Well” shows in 2015, he told me (via Billboard): “We’ll see. I still have a few kilometers ahead of me, but I’m sure everyone has some. I am the youngest of the guys.
He wasn’t supposed to say that. The official script was that the members of Dead would never play together again. Weir didn’t have it. Later that year, Dead & Company, featuring Weir and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann – with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti playing in the band – hit the road.
This week, Rolling Stone published an article originally titled “Dead and Company will stop touring after 2022”.
Weir thumbed his nose at the news on Twitter, writing simply, “News for me.
News for me… https://t.co/Yjf1aCkwRA
— Bobby Weir (@BobWeir) April 8, 2022
Rolling Stone changed the title with a question mark and noted in an update: “The band itself said in a statement: ‘Dead & Company has made no official decision as to what it this is their last tour.'”
The undead were bewildered by the news or lack thereof. And some outlets (like longtime counterculture monitor Relix and music news site Stereogum) wasted no time in coming up with their own takes, in Dead Speak. A common refrain: that the tour may be undersold and the rumor was meant to boost ticket sales, or that the magazine’s unnamed source must be brought up.
See below for social media reactions.
— Bill Kreutzmann (@BKreutzmann) April 8, 2022
I must understand that the goal of Dead and Company is that when a member of the group leaves, it is replaced and the group continues to play. There’s supposed to be a Dead and Company concert in 2029, 2055, 2072, 2093.
— 90sDeadHead (@90s_dead) April 9, 2022
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—Spence (@spencecc) April 8, 2022
— free ǝ ǝ ɹ ɟ (@lennytafro) April 9, 2022
Bobby just tweeted that this is news to him.
Your sources are HIGH.
– The Goof! ™ 🇺🇦 (@MetsFanInPhilly) April 8, 2022
Perfectly timed news coinciding with the start of ticket sales for the summer tour.
— Debs (@dbellone) April 8, 2022
Clear those concert dates in the stadium for Goose I see
— Nate (@itsme_nate) April 8, 2022
I knew this story came straight out of the press on Fakedown Street.
— Keef B (@Keef_B_1) April 9, 2022
Prob will add phil and call him grateful dead
— Cloudchord (@Cloudchord) April 8, 2022
— Tiffany™🌊⚡️💀 (@fedupwithbs513) April 9, 2022
Thanks Bobby! We love you and our love will not fade.
—Charles Hargraves (@surflawyer47) April 8, 2022
If you are confused, just listen to the music play!!)))
— Jill Broderick (@betterdays2021) April 8, 2022
Sources say the music never stops.
— Paul Zundel (@PaulZundel) April 8, 2022