Dead & Company paid tribute to Robert Hunter on Halloween at MSG (videos, setlist)
(Grateful) Dead & Company began their Fall Fun Run tour with the first of two nights at NYC’s Madison Square Garden on Halloween. It was their first show since the death of Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter in September, and Dead & Co opened the night with a tribute to him. “Ripple,” which is usually saved for the encore(s), was the very first song of the night, and they performed it acoustic while images of Hunter and Jerry Garcia (who wrote the song together) were displayed on screen behind them. Following “Ripple,” every song they played was either a Hunter/Garcia or a Hunter/Weir song, save for the Halloween-themed encore: a cover of Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London.” Bob Weir also wore a funeral kilt on stage, as he wore one to a private commemoration of Hunter last month. Watch video of “Werewolves of London,” and some other songs from MSG, below, along with Thursday’s setlist.
After tonight’s second MSG show, the “Fall Fun Run” continues through the end of December, with dates in Uniondale NY, Hampton VA, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. For 2020, Dead & Company head to Cancun for their destination concert vacation Playing in the Sand.
Setlist: Dead & Company at Madison Square Garden, 10/31/2019
They Love Each Other
Playing in the Band
Uncle John’s Band
Eyes of the World
Standing on the Moon
Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon)