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    Wed, 11 May 2016 11:10:06

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    Dead & Company, the collaboration between members of the Grateful Dead and John Mayer, played Jimmy Kimmel Live! yesterday. The band used the show to promote the legalization of marijuana. According to the Los Angeles Times, Dead & Company "brought at least 300 supporters of legal pot to their scheduled Tuesday performance."

    The appearance on Kimmel gave the band an opportunity to promote their cause to a much more mainstream audience, Bob Weir said in an interview, "The folks it would be hitting on that broadcast would be outside our normal sphere of influence. We're about music, but we're about other stuff as well, and we always have been. We need to make our feelings on the subject as apparent as we can." California voters have a chance to legalize marijuana come the November elections.

    The band played a four-song set, including "Bertha", "Not Fade Away", "Fire on the Mountain", "Scarlet Begonias."

    The Dead & Company tour is set to begin June 10th in Charlotte, North Carolina. From there, the supergroup will play shows across the United States, including a headlining gig at Bonnaroo. They will also make stops in Cincinnati, New York, Boston, Portland, and more, before playing the final show of the tour in Mountain View, California on July 30th.


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    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    05.11.16

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