Dead & Company cancel US summer tour because of the coronavirus pandemic
The Grateful Dead spinoff group Dead & Company won't be truckin' back to the road this summer after all. The band has canceled its previously announced 17-date U.S. tour, which was to have kicked off with a July 10-11 engagement in Boulder, Colorado, and ended with an August 7-8 stand at Boston's historic Fenway Park.
"Due to the global coronavirus outbreak, and in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we sadly have no choice but to cancel the upcoming Dead & Company Summer 2020 Tour," Dead & Company say in a statement. "The well-being and safety of the Deadhead community, venue workers and our touring family is of the utmost importance to us."
Fans who bought tickets to the concerts can get a full refund at the point of purchase.
The band adds, "We are thankful for your love, your understanding and we look forward to the day when we can all be reunited. In the meantime, keep the faith and believe in the power of music."
The message ends with a line paraphrasing the chorus of the 1987 Grateful Dead hit "Touch of Grey: "We will return. We will get by. We will survive."
Dead & Company features Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, as well as singer/guitarist John Mayer, ex-Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge, and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.
Last month, the band launched a weekly concert video series called One More Saturday Night that features a different archival live performance by Dead & Company debuting every Saturday on the group's official YouTube channel and on nugs.tv. Fans who watch the performances are encouraged to donate to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, to help musicians in need.