Deadheads everywhere shed a tear earlier this summer as the wildly popular Fare Thee Well shows marked the final concert appearance of the "core four" Grateful Dead members (Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh). But some hope: The lineup, which previously played in California and Chicago, comes to New York this October...sort of—they'll be without bassist Phil Lesh, who has departed for his own project, Phil and Friends. The band will fill the gap with Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge. And instead of previous Jerry Garcia stand-in Trey Anastasio on axe, they'll add a newcomer that no one saw coming, picking up bluesy singer-songwriter John Mayer to form Dead & Company.
Weirdly, Phil and Friends will be gigging on the same night (October 31) just a short drive away, at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, as part of a three-night run there.
Dead & Company plays Madison Square Garden on Halloween night, October 31, and tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, August 4 at 10am. Considering the last run of shows in July sold out Chicago's 65,000-seat Soldier Field stadium three times over, we suggest you nab 'em quickly.