While the rest of the country sweltered, San Francisco offered concertgoers perfect weather on Sunday for the last show of Dead & Company’s final tour. The sunny afternoon and cool evening were the kind of fortuitous happenstance that Grateful Dead fans celebrate as omens. And even for those who don’t subscribe to Deadhead augury, Sunday night’s sold-out concert at Oracle Park, the last of a three-night run and a kind of homecoming for the band, did not disappoint.
The two-set show, capped with a lengthy three-song encore, covered a satisfying range of the Dead’s storied repertoire, including celebrated touchstones along with a few less obvious choices. It was proof that this band remains true to the spirit of idiosyncratic independence that defined the Grateful Dead. The performance offered a soulful, celebratory, and often moving farewell to a band that for many fans has become the prime inheritor of the Dead’s musical mantle. Dead & Company’s eight-year run, which evolved into a full-fledged stadium show, gave a new generation of fans a chance to experience the power of the Dead’s music the way it was meant to be heard: live and in the moment.[ad_2]