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.

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.

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