Florida Dead and Company shows postponed

Florida Dead and Company shows for this week are to be postponed.  John Mayer said to be recovering well from emergency surgery.

Also: a look at the Grateful Dead’s history in New Orleans.

by Sharon Budman

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UPDATE, 12/8/17, 10:30 EST:

According to the Dead and Company Facebook page, the rescheduled Florida dates will be as follows:

FEB 24
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans
 
FEB 26
BB&T Center
Ft Lauderdale, FL
 
FEB 27
Amway Center
Orlando FL

After emergency surgery to remove his appendix, the Dead and Company New Orleans show was canceled for December 5th. This was to be the first stop for the Dead or its affiliate bands tour in decades after the infamous stop by the Grateful Dead decades ago. “Busted, down on Bourbon Street. Set up, like a bowling pin Knocked down, it get’s to wearin’ thin. They just won’t let you be,”  (See below for a summary of prior Grateful Dead NOLA shows.)

The official statement reads:Dead & Company issued the following statement, “The Dead & Company concerts scheduled for December 7 in Orlando and December 8 in Sunrise in addition to the December 5 show in New Orleans are postponed. All tickets for these shows will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Information on the rescheduled concerts will be announced as soon as possible. Should ticketholders choose to seek a refund, they will be available at point of purchase.”

Dead and Company was scheduled to play at the Amway Center in Orlando on December 7 and the BB&T Center in Sunrise Florida on December 8th.
Mayer’s representatives are quoted as saying that he is recovering well from the surgery.
The next scheduled appearance by Dead and Company is their Riviera Maya excursion scheduled for FEB 15 – 18. Mayer is scheduled (Check his page – NYE in LA) It had been said that the tour equipment vehicles were packed up in Louisiana as if the tour was over but did did arrive Florida in case…

Upcoming tour dates for John Mayer (sans Dead and Company)

12.12.17 Alice In Winterland San Francisco, CA
12.30.17 Controlled Danger Los Angeles, CA
12.31.17 Controlled Danger Inglewood, CA

From the video channel of FreakFlagFlyer

So far as New Orleans and the Grateful Dead is concerned, New Orleans has been a problematic city for scheduling.  Perhaps due to the famous troubles that the Dead had with the New Orleans police department, NOLA saw fewer Grateful Dead shows than probably any comparable city in the US.

Past Grateful Dead performances in New Orleans:

01/29/70- The Wharehouse –
01/30/70- The Wharehouse –
01/31/70- The Wharehouse –
02/01/70- The Wharehouse –
10/18/80- Saenger Performing Arts Center –
10/19/80- Saenger Performing Arts Center –
09/09/82- Saenger Performing Arts Center –
10/18/88- Lakefront Arena University Of New Orleans –

Here is an historic look at that bust in an article by nola.com

Busted, down on Bourbon Street. Set up, like a bowling pin.

Those lyrics to the Grateful Dead tune “Truckin‘,” which appears on the late-1970 album “American Beauty,” make reference to an infamous moment in the band’s history. During Carnival season 1970, members of the group, its crew and several friends were arrested in a drug raid at a French Quarter hotel, in the wee hours of a Saturday morning.

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