Photo via Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Instagram
Last night, Dead & Company played at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a location famous for being the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair. The band played an array of Grateful Dead covers but also did something special for this leg of their tour: they played the entirety of the Dead’s set at Woodstock.
The band opened their first set with “Hell in a Bucket” then “Easy Wind” which featured John Mayer on vocals. Next Bobby Weir took over the mic for Jerry Garcia’s track “Loser.” The two went back and forth on lead vocals until they closed the set with “Lost Sailor” into “Saint of Circumstance.”
The second set marked the start of their recreation of the Grateful Dead’s performance at Woodstock in 1969. They opened with “St. Stephen.” into Merle Haggard’s track “Mama Tried,” into “Dark Star,” into “High Time,” then into a cover of Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “Turn On Your Love Light” to complete the recreation. However, Dead & Company weren’t done yet. They continued jamming with “Drums” > “Space” > “Deal.” They closed the second set with a reprise of “Turn On Your Love Light” to bookend their new imprint on the famously muddy land. They encored with “Ripple.”
This is not the first time a member of the Dead paid tribute to the Dead’s set at Woodstock: In 2006, Phil Lesh & Friends with special guest Trey Anastasio also played their 1969 setlist in its entirety.
Dead & Company
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Aug. 23, 2021
Hell in a Bucket, Easy Wind, Loser, Brown-Eyed Women, Throwing Stones, Row Jimmy, Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance
St. Stephen > Mama Tried > Dark Star > High Time > Turn On Your Love Light >Drums > Space > Deal > Standing on the Moon > Turn On Your Love Light (reprise)