Live Review: Dead & Company @ Jiffy Lube Live — 7/8/22


Dead & Company perform at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, on July 8, 2022. (Photo by Casey Vock)

When illegitimate rumors circulated in the spring that Dead & Company would be hanging it up, Bobby Weir himself took to social media to dispel the fictitious storyline.

“News to me …,” he Tweeted in response to Rolling Stone’s incorrect April report on the modernized, legacy edition of the Grateful Dead, the band the now-grey but steadfast Weir helped steer for 30 years before it disbanded in 1995 following the death of Jerry Garcia.

In the wake of the cancellation of Dead & Company’s scheduled show in Saratoga Springs recently, buzz about a possible no-go in Northern Virginia seemed valid, as the father of star band member John Mayer had been hospitalized late in the week in an apparent medical emergency.

But, alas, Mayer’s father’s condition improved and the show would go on, as they say. And, upon announcing lot and show times on social media in the afternoon on July 8, Jiffy Lube Live was transformed a short while later into the larger-than-life celebration that follows this band wherever it goes in the same trademark fashion as the Grateful Dead.

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Live Review: Dead & Company @ Jiffy Lube Live — 8/18/21

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Dead & Company performs at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, on Aug. 18, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock)

What’s not to be appreciated about a musical act — more so a community and now essentially a culture — that has stood the test of more than 55 years? Nearly six decades after a band calling itself The Warlocks randomly switched its name to Grateful Dead, the most current amalgamation of some of the group’s original members and carefully chosen friends can still draw thousands of people together for a kaleidoscopic celebration of music.

Dead & Company rolled into Bristow, Virginia, last week for a show at Jiffy Lube Live, their second stop of the current tour, and created two robust sets of songs that not only paid tribute to the large family of musicians and songwriters that is the Grateful Dead, but gave many of the band’s songs a refreshing new twist that brought out the best in the group gathered on stage.

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Music Park: Bob Weir and Wolf Bros @ Warner Theatre — 11/12/18

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Bob Weir and Wolf Bros rock a sold out Warner Theatre on Nov. 12, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

Over the summer, Bob Weir, most famous as a founding member of the Grateful Dead, formed a new trio with legendary musician and producer Don Was on upright bass and former Primus drummer Jay Lane on drums. Over the trio’s inaugural tour, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros have been playing a mix of Grateful Dead tunes covers, and a few newer songs. And on a messy, rainy Monday, Bob and company brought a healthy dose of sun to the Warner Theatre.

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