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Friday, June 23

Dead and Company let the music write the Setlist in Bristol last night. It was a Love Supreme of a show

Dead and Company let the music write the Setlist in Bristow last night. It was a Love Supreme of a show. Two debuts, setlists, video,complete audio of this historic night and my 411. 
Wow! What an inspiring show Dead and Company played last night in Bristow, Virginia. They played two tour debuts and the band went off script and truly let the music play the band. In a two day span Oteil almost lost his brother only to return to the band shortly before their amazing show.  He made this statement shortly before show time. 
Great news! I was just able to speak with my big brother Kofi and he sounds really lucid and grateful. I really want to thank Laura Holl, Derek Trucks, Blake Budney, Tyler “Falcon” Greenwell and Yonrico Scott for being there for Kofi before our family could get to him. And a big thank you to everyone for all of your love and support and well wishes. I dare say he’s going to be surprised at the outpouring of love. I’m thanking God that my big brother is still with us! It’s time to get some Burbridge brothers music made! 
I think that explains why Oteil was so dialed in last night. Another reason might of been the fact U.S. Senator & Dead head Al Franken was there to take in the festivities. 
 I think all these reasons combined with the simple fact that they are six members playing as one. The second half of this tour has been extraordinarily good and last night was one for the history books. The soon to be historic show kicked off like so many classics have with "Shakedown Street". Before it was over the band dusted off "Woman Are Smarter", took an epic turn and let Oteil sing a monster "Fire on the Mountain "and let John Coltrane's classic "A love Supreme " evolve out of space. Let's not forget the crazy "U.S Blues Reprise" for encore, before ending the magic with Liberty. Each song on the night was a homerun! But instead of my horrific grammar and worse opinions tell you the story of this Grateful night. Thanks to Jambase you can listen to the magic for yourselves. I think I am going to get off my couch and head to Chicago, anything short of that would be insanity. Hail to the Dead and all good Company. 
Kevin Long. 


Watch pro-shot footage of “Shakedown Street,” “Uncle John’s Band” and “New Minglewood Blues”:

Listen to a complete audience recording of last night’s show taped by taperjeff: