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Dead and Company used their Kimmel appearance to stump for marijuana legalization

on May 11, 2016, 9:35am


Dead and Company is the super collaboration featuring members of the Grateful Dead performing alongside John Mayer. Last night, the band were booked for Jimmy Kimmel Live, and like the jam band that they are, Dead and Company used the appearance to campaign for nationwide marijuana legalization.

According to the LA Times, the band brought along 300 fans to last night’s performance, all of who wore pro-marijuana T-shirts and carried signs. Some folks even dressed up as giant joints. Dead and Company also sought to have the performance sponsored by a marijuana-advocacy group, but were rebuffed by the Disney-owned ABC.

“The folks it would be hitting on that broadcast would be outside our normal sphere of influence,” Bob Weir explained to the Times. “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.”

On the music front, Dead and Company entertained their stoner fans by performing “Bertha”, “Not Fade Away”, “Fire on the Mountain”, “Scarlet Begonias”. The appearance came in anticipation of the band’s summer tour, which includes a two-set headlining appearance at Bonnaroo.

Dead and Company 2016 Tour Dates:
06/10 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
06/12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
06/17 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
06/20 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
06/21 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
06/23 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
06/25 – New York, NY @ Citi Field
06/26 – New York, NY @ Citi Field
06/28 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
07/02 – Boulder, CO @ Folsom Field
07/03 – Boulder, CO @ Folsom Field
07/07 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/09 – Elkhorn, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
07/10 – Elkhorn, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
07/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
07/15 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
07/16 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
07/22 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
07/23 – George, WA @ The Gorge
07/26 – Irvine, CA @ Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
07/27 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
07/29 – Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre
07/30 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre