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Sunday, May 28

Dead and Company start summer tour with a solid show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. They had a great hand, but Aces were not crawling up and down their sleeve.

Dead and Company start summer tour with a solid show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. They had a great hand, but Aces were not crawling up and down their sleeve. 
 
   Dead and Company kicked off their summer tour in sin city on Saturday night at the MGM Grand. They littered the set list with gambling themed tunes with the majority in the first stanza. Bobby kicked the tour off with an appropriate lazy version of "The Music Never Stops". It was played a little slow, especially being the opening tune. But the tour was underway while the music played the band. "Dire Wolf" , "Jack Straw" , and "Loser" gave the Vegas  crowd just what they came to hear. . The set closed on a high note with an adventurous "Bird Song".  John Mayer proved he still could play songs longer than three minutes as this version took grew wings and took flight. 
 
  The second set was much tighter and the band  wasted no time opening it with a 70s style "Playing in the Band" it melted into a improved jam that really cooked before it arrived at "Deal". An average"China Cat Sunflower" bled into a beautiful "I know you Rider" it was played with purpose and clearly was for "Gregg". Drums and Space happened ....... again. The later portion of the show was glorious with an "Other One" that went into some interesting territory thanks to Oteil's bombs. A tear jerking version of "Black Peter" was perfect before everyone welcomed "One More Saturday Night". They may not have played an Allman Brother's song but the encore was clearly for him. The band performed a heart felt "Knocking on Heaven's Door" that was easily the moment of the night. The stunning tribute melted into a "Playing Reprise" to put a cherry on a solid opening show. They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but that encore will live forever. 
Kevin Long  
 

 
Dead & Company
MGM Grand Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada 
May 27, 2017
 
Set One
The Music Never Stopped
Dire Wolf
Jack Straw
Loser
Friend of the Devil
Brown-Eyed Women
Bird Song

Set Two 
Playing in the Band >
jam >
Deal
China Cat Sunflower>
I know you Rider>
Drums>
Space>
The Other One>
Black Peter>
One More Saturday Night

Encore: Knocking on Heaven's Door>
Playing Reprise