It was as simple as this, according to Bob Weir: "We all liked the look in each other's eyes. What eventually rattled out was this band."
The Grateful Dead singer-guitarist was speaking on the eve of his second road trip – 24 dates in U.S. amphitheaters and stadiums, starting June 10th in Charlotte, North Carolina – with the latest iteration of his life's work in and beyond that 20th-century touring institution: Dead & Company, founded last year with Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart; former Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge; keyboard player Jeff Chimenti; and, in the perilous spot left by the Dead's late, lead guitarist Jerry Garcia, singer-guitarist and pop star John Mayer. There is a link that will take you to the complete article.
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