Mayer, who will be filling in for the late Jerry Garcia, has the distinct perspective of being both a fan and participant. “I feel like every Deadhead or Grateful Dead fan has a certain place they go to in their mind. And for me, I think the joy is going to be to go to that place I went to when I was listening to the music — but be inside the music.”
Elsewhere, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann talk about living with the music even while off-stage and the exciting challenge of trying to make familiar songs sound new again.
“Songs have characters; they have faces, they have personalities and there’s a character in there telling a story,” Bob Weir added. “Every time it’s a little different; sometimes it’s way different.”
The livestream of Dead & Company’s November 7th show at Madison Square Garden will be directed by Brett Ratner and available to watch at 7:30 p.m. EST on the American Express Unstaged website and app (the concert will also be available to rewatch for 24 hours afterwards).
The Dead & Company trek — which kicked off in Albany last week and wrapped up a two-night jaunt at MSG on November 1st — follows the Grateful Dead’s celebrated 50th anniversary “Fare Thee Well” shows in the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago. Those gigs featured Phish’s Trey Anastasio filling in for Garcia, as well as founding bassist Phil Lesh.
Lesh, however, is not involved in the Dead & Company trek, and recently canceled his own shows after revealing a battle with bladder cancer.