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After months of speculation, Dead & Company have revealed that they will be hitting the road for their final tour next summer. The group broke the news on their official social media accounts, where they posted a statement sharing information about their latest series of shows.
The official statement reads: “Word travels fast and we wanted to be the first to let you know that Dead & Company will be hitting the road next summer for what will be our final tour.” The set’s announcement continues: “Stay tuned for a full list of dates for what is sure to be one last exciting, celebratory and heartfelt series of shows.”
Dead & Company embarked on their first tour in 2015. Comprised of original Grateful Dead members Bobby Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, along with industry mainstays Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti and John Mayer. Since their debut performance, the ensemble has continued The Dead’s long tradition of summer tours for the past eight years.
The ensemble members also shared their personal thoughts on the decision to end the tour. Among the comments were words shared by Kreutzmann, who wrote: “The Grateful Dead always felt timeless from our early days on Acid Tests where ‘time’ did some fun things so we left it behind completely. This music will always exist, it will always evolve, it will always be the soundtrack to our ever-changing lives.”
He continued: “I loved this chapter with Dead & Company as we got to explore The Music with some new performers and different antennas, but we always knew it was just one chapter. The music never stops.”
Weir added her own short statement via her official Instagram account: “Well it looks like that’s it for this outfit; but don’t worry, we’ll all be out there one way or another until we drop…”
See the official statement from the band below.