Friday, April 8, 2022, is going to be remembered as an eventful day for Grateful Dead fans.
Tickets for Dead & Company’s 2022 summer tour went on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. local time for all shows. The upcoming summer tour brings Shakedown Street to gigantic venues across the United States, including an opening show at Dodger Stadium on June 11th. The tour concludes at Citi Field on July 16.
April 8 also marks the 40th anniversary of a show in Wembley, England on the iconic Europe ’72 Tour. Additionally, Skull & Roses, a Grateful Dead tribute band fest kicks off in Ventura, California. The line-up features a proverbial who’s who of Dead-related acts: Phil Lesh & Friend, Oteil & Friends, Dark Star Orchestra; all slated to take the stage for the three-day festival.
But the real drama unfolded when Rolling Stone magazine published an article dubbed “BREAKING: Dead and Company will stop touring after 2022.” Headline: The Long, Strange Trip Is Over: Dead and Company Will Stop Touring After 2022.”
BREAKING: Dead and Company will stop touring after 2022.https://t.co/swQT65q3yK
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) April 8, 2022
This is what the original headline looked like before the Twitter card was updated with a new headline, framing it as a question.
— John Mayer USA (@JohnMayerUSA) April 8, 2022
Dead and Company features most original members of The Dead: Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, and Bob Weir, with Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti.
This news was a pretty big bummer to Deadheads. The report quickly went viral as hot lot gossip, with ‘heads writing gratitude tributes about how much they’ve enjoyed the long, strange Dead and Company trip that started in 2015. There were lots of preemptive “The Music Never Stops” comments pinging around the social media.
While it might not be much of a surprise to see the band hang it up, it certainly has been a notable chapter in the Grateful Dead’s storied 55+ year history.
Bob Weir says “News to me…”
But no one was more confused than Dead & Company guitarist Bob Weir, who tweeted that all this hullabaloo was news to him.
Weir’s tweet, obviously, confused the Birkenstock-wearing masses. The initial Rolling Stone article cited “sources”. The ordeal seems somewhat similar to Tom Brady’s unverified retirement “announcement” saga.
Well unfortunately, sources already confirmed it. Can’t doubt that. pic.twitter.com/dSeAn3GAKr
— Guy Forget (@GuyForgetOPT) April 8, 2022
So what, exactly, were the sources? Dead and Company band members had some fun with the moment. Bill Kreutzmann and Otiel, for example:
— Bill Kreutzmann (@BKreutzmann) April 8, 2022
And wisecrackers peppered the moment with some good-natured snark.
Dead and Co is so slow this could be an April fools joke https://t.co/WGs62Nzt03
— Hootie (@BrodTHEchode69) April 8, 2022
"Hello, Rolling Stone? The magazine, right? Yeah this is, uh, an anonymous source close to Dead and Company. Yeah. I've got a scoop for you" pic.twitter.com/FF8Y7MHgVo
— 🍴PLATE BURGLER🍴 (@mhfoto_) April 8, 2022
All things considered, what a rollercoaster ride of a day for Deadheads.
I guess we’ll see what the future has in store. Perhaps, someday, we’ll even find out what went down for Rolling Stone to feel confident enough in running such a story, then walk it back.
Like all things in Grateful Dead lore, I’m sure it will be a hoot.
It’s always a hoot.