Here's the local review of the show. They liked it, and me too! Review: Dead & Co. keeps the Grateful Dead spirit alive at Little Caesars
DETROIT -- With a red flash of lights just after 7 p.m., Dead & Co. took the stage Friday night, Nov. 24, at Little Caesars Arena. The six-piece band strolled out for its second appearance in metro Detroit, taking no time at all to hit its sweet spot with an appropriate cover of Martha Reeves & the Vandellas’ Motown hit “Dancing in the Street.”
Singer-guitarist John Mayer wore an equally appropriate Detroit Tigers/J. Dilla shirt and quickly reminded the audience why he was chosen to join the group with his virtuosic playing. Sharing the singing and soloing duties with Mayer, Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir couldn’t have gotten off to a better start, weaving guitar melodies back and forth and hopping up and down.
The arena billowed with smoke from the near capacity-crowd of old and new Deadheads dressed in their best tie-dye tees and living up to their reputation as one of the most dedicated fan bases, singing every word, dancing and cheering along the entire night. Drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann locked into the grove early on during “Ramble on Rose,” keyboard Jeff Chimenti almost took off into outer space during the cover of “Beat It On Down The Line”.
And Mayer’s solo on “Sugaree” had the crowd almost levitating in one of the most powerful moments of the night.
“New Speedway Boogie” and “Dark Star” really opened things up for the second set and left room for rapid-fire guitar solos and vibey moments, giving Mayer a chance to pay homage through channeling Grateful Dead founder Jerry Garcia. Another stand-out of the night was “Fire On The Mountain,” which afforded bassist Oteil Burbridge a chance to shine as he stepped out from holding down the bass grove to take up vocal duties.
To close the night, the classic “Casey Jones” put the show over the top. The three-hour-plus, 17-song show of solid music and no filler seemed to give the Deadheads their fix for the moment and ready for the next. If there was any doubt, Dead & Co. showed there was plenty of life left in this long-lived band.http://www.dailytribune.com/arts-and-en ... le-caesars