By Amanda Wicks
Dead and Company had such a successful run of live shows in 2015 that they will soon be heading back out on the road for an additional set of dates. But although the line-up enjoys playing together live, don’t expect for them to record anytime soon.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, Bob Weir said the formation—which includes original members Micky Hart and Billy Kreutzmann, along with guitarist John Mayer, bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti—might eventually get into the studio, but it will take some time before that happens.
“We kick it around,” he admitted. “We need to put in another tour–or two. And then what direction do we pursue with recording? Do we start from scratch, do all new material? Or do we go back after some of the tunes that were never recorded [by the Dead] in the studio? Or a combination of both, which is kind of where I would want to do it. For instance, I would love to take a song like ‘The Other One,’ into the studio or ‘Dark Star.'”
Even if listeners won’t get a chance to own any hard copy of their music, Dead and Company will be adding 20 songs to the 60 they already rotate on tour.
As for what Jerry Garcia would think about what this iteration of the band is doing, Weir believes he would approve because his spirit never left. “Since Jerry checked out, he hasn’t departed in the least,” he said. “I can still hear him crackling away somewhere behind me, above and off to the left, if you will. I can hear the crackle of his harmonic content, where he would live in a song. And I relate to that like I always did: ‘I’m going to take it here, then I’m going to take it that way.'”