We didn’t end up getting to bed after the first Dead & Company concert at Wrigley Field until very late, so it’s no surprise that with the blackout curtains drawn, we didn’t even get out of bed until 10:00 am the next day! After showers, we left the hotel for the day, grabbed lunch, and headed over to the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Art Institute is enormous and it took us most of the day to go through the museum and view the artwork — and of course, we had to recreate scenes from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Next, we visited the Chicago Cultural Center to view two incredible glass domes, including the largest Tiffany Glass Dome in the world.
Finally it was time to hop on the train and head over Wrigley Field for the final Dead & Company show of the 2017 summer tour. But first we made a pit stop at a surprise destination: Blaze Pizza. Blaze Pizza is my son’s favorite restaurant EVER. He was thrilled to chow down before the concert and we were thrilled to feed the whole family for almost the same price as two beers in the stadium!
Night 2 Of Dead & Company At Wrigley Field Was Astounding
The two nights saw the band play to more than 80,000 fans in the sold-out stadium, the ninth and tenth sell-outs of their 20 show summer tour that visited 15 cities and played 104 different songs.
We thought the first Dead & Company show at Wrigley Field was incredible, but the second night was even better! It was absolutely astounding. It is definitely one of my top three shows, along with The Gorge Amphitheater concert in 2016 and the Boulder Night 2 concert in 2017.
When we reached Wrigley Field, we grabbed some popcorn, and found our seats. We once again had seats in the first row of the second deck, this time along the first baseline — and our view was fabulous! There was a breeze blowing, the humidity was down, our seat mates were super nice, and the set list was spectacular.
Original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzman, and Mickey Hart, along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti came together to once again create an unforgettable night of music that began with Cold Rain & Snow, Jack Straw, and Tennessee Jed, followed by a debut song, Ship Of Fools, that had Burbridge, Mayer, and Weir joining forces.
Next they looped back to the unfinished Dark Star from the night before, jamming right into Friend of the Devil, followed by Althea, and the first set closed out with one of my favorites — Casey Jones.
Dead & Company’s second set got started with Sugar Magnolia, Dancing In The Streets, and Playing in The Band. We were then treated to the favorite combo of Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain with vocals by Burbridge. The second set closed out with Not Fade Away, and reminiscent of the 2015 Fare The Well shows at Soldier Field, the fans continued clapping and chanting, “No our love will not fade away,” long after the band left the stage.
But the show wasn’t over yet! We knew there was more coming because you could see the fireworks set up on the bleachers behind the stage.
Dead & Company returned to the stage for another double encore! They began with an emotional Brokedown Palace and brought the house down with a high-energy Sunshine Daydream and awesome fireworks display to close out the 2017 Summer Tour.
While my husband has been a Grateful Dead fan for his entire life, I only listened to the music off and on when he played it… until 2015 that is. The five-show 2015 Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well Tour changed my life, and while this is the seventh Dead & Company show my daughter has been to, I’m pretty sure this one also has changed hers.
I’ll never forget these two nights dancing and singing alongside my daughter and husband, and snuggling with my son who isn’t yet into the music, but enjoys the experience and traveling with us — and I hope they never forget as well.
We’re all already looking forward to next summer!
Dead & Company Wrigley Field, Chicago 7/1/17 Set List:
- Cold Rain and Snow
- Jack Straw
- Tennessee Jed
- Ship of Fools
- Dark Star (acoustic, verse 2)
- Friend of the Devil
- Casey Jones
- Sugar Magnolia
- Dancing In The Streets
- Playing In The Band
- Comes a Time
- Scarlet Begonias
- Fire On The Mountain
- Drums / Space
- The Other One
- Days Between
- Not Fade Away
- Brokedown Palace
- Sunshine Daydream (fireworks show!)