Dead and Company!

I remember when my husband first mentioned Grateful Dead to me. He has had a huge influence on my music taste over the past 6 years and is the man behind introducing me to some of my favourite artists. He knows me extremely well and always seems to get it right when knowing I will like a band or musician. However, when he mentioned Grateful Dead, I was a little more weary, thinking to myself, "Chris you know I don't like heavy metal or very screamy music." He simply looked at me and smiled and said "You will love them." "Well ok." I thought. I grew up listening to British Sunday radio, with a Dad who loves Motown, Michael Jackson and such, and a Mum who loves Judy Garland, though I may remember hearing the name before, I had never heard Grateful Dead's music and judging by their name and album art, I always thought it sounded/looked like they would be a very rock n roll/heavy metal band. I look back now and I can't help but laugh, oh how young, oh how na├» does explain a lot as to how I'm hopeless with anything referring to 'Dead' or skulls...scary! :p So how does the old saying go? "Never judge a book by it's cover." When Chris played 'Skeletons from the closet: The Best of the Grateful Dead' I smiled back, I immediately loved them and would go on to play that album over and over again on repeat on my drives to and from work for a good three months after.

Fast forward two plus years after that introduction and for our two year wedding anniversary what does Chris surprise me with??? Tickets to see 'Dead and Company' of course. Have I mentioned before how incredibly awesome my husband is? :) One of my favourite things ever is getting to go to shows with him and experience some of our favourite bands and artists together. With Chris being an artist himself he has really taught me to appreciate live music. Needless to say I was extremely excited. We would get to see former members of Grateful Dead Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti as they made up 'Dead and Company. We are huge John Mayer fans too, so really how amazing does that line up sound?

Let's jump straight to it. November 13th was a bittersweet day as it was my last day working at Laughter and Lullabies, I was sad to be leaving and rushing away early but eager to get on the road to make it to Columbus Ohio for the show. With a little bit of a late start, traffic jams and cabs no where to be seen, we finally made it to the Nationwide arena, joined the huge crowd still trying to get in at 8:00 pm and eventually got to our seats having only missed maybe 10 minutes of the show. Phew!

The atmosphere in the arena was out of this world. It truly was. The place was packed and everyone was on their feet, swaying, dancing, bobbing their heads and smiling from ear to ear. The 'Deadheads' we were surrounded by were friendly and just so nice, it made me feel so happy and grateful to be a part of this experience with them. There were so many cool people, all ages, all walks of life and for someone who is relatively new to the fan base, I felt at home.

As for the show itself, I run the risk of just typing 'awesome,' phenomenal', 'amazing', 'insane', 'unbelievable', 'out of this world' and 'wow' and nothing but for the next paragraph, as really, it's hard to put into words. I was mesmerized. I just kept thinking how amazing it was to be watching the members of Grateful Dead play live in front of me, to be a part of something so awesome, like a piece of history. In addition, I got lost listening to John Mayer sing and play, my goodness that man is talented, seriously insanely, bloody talented. I kept looking over at Chris like, 'is he for real?' I was in complete awe. And I have to say I could have happily listened to John Mayer and Bob Weirs voices all night.

Preceded by "good vibes for Paris", (recognition of Paris terrorist attacks):
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Brown Eyed Women
Tennessee Jed
Little Red Rooster
Bird Song
Standing on the Moon
Cumberland Blues
Set 2:
Playing in the Band
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Eyes of the World
The Wheel
Black Peter
Good Lovin'
Touch of Grey
The highlights for me were 'Tennessee Jed' and 'Good Lovin' and just about everything else too! :p I would have loved to have heard 'The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)', Truckin, and Sugar Magnolia, as those are some of my favourites but maybe next time! :) The show was beyond amazing and I am so happy that I got to experience it. The energy, the music, the words, the vibes, I won't forget in a hurry. Thank you to my incredibly kick ass husband for surprising me with tickets and for always expanding my imagination when it comes to knowledge, music, life and the world around me. :)

Our awesome Tour shirts! I think we have one for every show we have been to together! :)

What does one do after a Dead and Company show??! Put on their new shirts, eat skittles, drink beer and dance around the hotel room! :p

Have you ever seen Grateful Dead or John Mayer live? Have you been to see Dead and Company on this tour? Let us know, I'd love to hear about your experience! :)

Have an awesome day!
Love Lucy xx

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