Dead & Company’s Drummer Sitting Out Next Concert, Left Stage During Last Show

by Chris Haney
(Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)

During Saturday night’s show at the Hollywood Bowl, Dead & Company drummer Bill Kreutzmann left the stage early, but he’s assured fans that he’s alright and that he’ll be back to performing again soon.

The longtime Grateful Dead drummer had fans worried over the weekend because of his departure mid-concert. However, it sounds like Kreutzmann is on the mend and will return to the band’s tour sooner rather than later. On Sunday, he took to Twitter and addressed leaving the stage early. He revealed that he would miss out on the last of three shows at the Hollywood Bowl. But Kreutzmann also said he’s resting up and will rejoin the band for their tour stops in Mexico coming up in January.

“It’s Halloween, did I spook you?” Kreutzmann joked on Twitter. “I’m okay & was sad to miss the end last night. Wasn’t feeling well & the show must go on. I returned to the road a little too soon & I need more rest, so I’ll be back full steam ahead to jam with you in Mexico. I can’t wait.”

He signed off with the message “Love is real.”

Dead & Company is essentially made up of the leftover members of the iconic jam band Grateful Dead. Guitarist Bill Weir, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann continue to tour and carry on the California-based band’s legacy. Famed guitarist John Mayer also helped form the band and tours with them regularly.

The jam band began a three-night run of shows at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night. The concert went on without a hitch. But four songs into Dead & Company’s second show, Kreutzmann abruptly exited the stage. One advantage to the band is they have three drummers. Therefore the show carried on with fellow drummer Jay Lane taking over the sticks for his parts.

In addition, Lane took over for Kreutzmann recently when on a four-show run at Colorado’s famous Red Rocks music venue. The drummer took leave of the band for an undisclosed non-COVID-related illness. Kreutzmann returned to the band’s tour on Tuesday, Oct. 26 just last week. He once again tweeted sharing an update on his health with the band’s fervent fanbase.

“This was the first time in my entire career that I ever had to call in sick,” the Dead & Company drummer wrote. “But sometimes you just have to give yourself a time out. I’m pleased to report that the doctors have cleared me to return to the road and continue doing what I love the most – playing music for all of you – for a long time to come.”

Sunday’s last sold-out concert at the Hollywood Bowl brought their fall tour to a close. However, they do have a run of eight more shows planned in January 2022. They’re playing Dos Riviera Cancún, Quintana Roo over a 10-day period at on Jan. 7-10 and 13-16. All eight shows are sold out and are the only concerts booked in 2022 so far for the band.