Dead & Company is a band consisting of former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir (guitar), Mickey Hart (drums), and Bill Kreutzmann (drums), along with John Mayer (guitar), Oteil Burbridge (bass), and Jeff Chimenti (keyboards).
John Mayer expressed a particularly strong enthusiasm toward playing with the new band. Phil Lesh, the original bassist for the Grateful Dead, did not join.Mike Gordon of Phish briefly auditioned for the role but had to withdraw due to being too busy with other matters.
Following the band’s final 2015 performance on December 31, 2015 John Mayer told fans that they could expect more Dead & Company concerts in 2016 and this was confirmed by Bob Weir when he was interviewed on Periscope. The band initially had one performance confirmed for 2016 at the Bonnaroo Music Festival but announced a full summer tour on February 8, 2016. On February 18, 2016 the band performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote the tour.