Dead and Company
Band Together Benefit
Playing in the Band
Fire on the Mountain
Not Fade Away
Touch of Grey
Videos showing the devastation and the response to it were shown ahead of Dead & Company’s first performance since early July. Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann along with Oteil Burbridge, John Mayer and Jeff Chimenti opened with “Playing In The Band” and jammed the Weir gem into a Mayer-sung “Deal.” The improv kept coming as the sextet worked hints of “Scarlet” into the “Deal” jam before finally kicking into “Scarlet Begonias.” Dead & Company paired “Scarlet Begonias” with “Fire On The Mountain,” which was sung by Oteil and included Robert Hunter lyrics that didn’t make the cut for the Grateful Dead’s versions of the tune. The sextet concluded their 70-minute performance with the fitting choices of “Not Fade Away” and a somewhat rusty “Touch Of Grey.”
AT&T Park in San Francisco hosted the Band Together Bay Area benefit concert on Thursday night to raise funds for vicitims of the recent wildfires that enveloped portions of Northern California. Legendary Bay Area acts Metallica, Dead & Company and Rancid were among the groups that performed at the show for which $15 million had been raised before one single note had been played according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The concert was organized by a group of Northern California business leaders including not only Giants President Larry Baer, but competitors Another Planet Entertainment and Live Nation who came together in the name of helping the North Bay community. While most tickets were sold to the general public, a number were reserved for victims of the fires and those who dropped everything to help them. Bay Area sports legends such as Barry Bonds and Joe Montana teamed with politicans, business leaders and first responders to introduce the acts throughout the evening.