Update: Thanks to Eric McRoberts and Peter Costello for the SBD Matrix of this awesome show!!
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead are halfway through their final run of 2018. Russo and his crew played two nights at the Wiltern in Los Angeles and are heading north to Oakland for a pair of shows in Oakland.
Dead and Company guitarist, John Mayer made a surprise appearance for the second set and encore. Introduced as “Instagram’s John Mayer,” Johnny Lightning didn’t take any time getting warmed up. Half way through “The Wheel,” Mayer busted out an ethereal, face-melting solo that set the tone for the rest of the evening.
While Mayer has blossomed into one of the scene’s best guitarists, his role in Dead and Company doesn’t lend it’s self to a lot of experimenting. JRAD on the other hand is all about experimenting, getting far out there and jamming the hell out of Grateful Dead tunes. It’s a treat to see Mayer open up along side one of the best jam bands on tour today.
Set One (8:34PM – 9:45PM)
Crazy Fingers >
Jam -> @
Estimated Prophet >
Cats Under The Stars # >
Feel Like A Stranger $
Set Two (10:15PM – 11:52PM) %
The Wheel ->
Playing In The Band >
Here Comes Sunshine ->
They Love Each Other ^ ->
Here Come Sunshine Reprise & ->
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Never Been To Spain *
Uncle John’s Band +
@ – With The Other One and Estimated Prophet Teases / Jams (Band)
# – With a “Manteca” (Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo and Gil Fuller) Tease (MB) and a Feel Like A Stranger Tease (TH)
$ – With an Estimated Prophet Tease (TH)
% – Entire Second Set with John Mayer on Guitar & Vocals
^ – “Fast Version”, JM Lead Vox
& – Not Played by Almost Dead since 2017-03-18 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, a gap of 67 shows
* – First Time Played by Almost Dead, Hoyt Axton Cover, made famous by Three Dog Night, TH Lead Vox
+ – With a short King Solomon’s Marbles Jam
Thanks to Eric McRoberts and Peter Costello for the recording!
Photo credit: ivankoloff