Last night (August 20), popular rock band Dead & Company played a show at Citi Field in New York.
While the band was in intermission a fan in the balcony section of seating fell to his death. Apparently, the man in his 40s was attempting to do a flip on the balcony. He then fell about 30 to 50 feet and landed directly on concrete.
His fall took place at around 9 p.m. and he was taken to the New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital and was pronounced dead there. The New York Post interviewed several concertgoers that witnessed the tragedy first-hand.
“I heard people going ‘ahhh’ and see people running. I said, ‘Bro, someone took a f—ing header,” one individual said.
Others said it was clear that the man landed headfirst, which meant his chances of surviving the fall were incredibly low. Others around him reportedly said he was heavily intoxicated at the time of his death and was unresponsive when medical officials showed up at the scene.
The man was with his brother at the Dead & Company concert.
The Dead & Company band consists of former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann. The “company” is popular singer-songwriter John Mayer as well as Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti. The group has not released any studio recordings yet, however, they have gone on tour in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Some of this music is available on streaming services.
Current Dead & Company Tour
The group is currently on its 2021 tour. The first stop for Dead & Company was in the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh, North Carolina. Several promoters, such as Live Nation and AEG, have been updating their protocols due to increasing COVID-19 numbers all around the country.
These venues require either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to get into the building. The rock band attracted a group of about 20,000 unmasked fans to the amphitheater.
The group opened with the song “Touch of Grey” during the first performance of the entire tour, according to Rolling Stone. Dead & Company has a number of performances lined up on the east coast. They will then head out west for more. The band is playing a three-night stint at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A., which ends on Halloween.
The official Dead & Company Twitter account did not say anything regarding the death of a fan at the recent New York performance. After last night’s concert, the group tweeted, “Good times? We think so. We love you New York, you always bring out the best in us. See you tomorrow Philadelphia! #DeadandCoTour2021.”
There was a setlist photo included as well.
As of now, Dead & Company seem like they will be finishing off their scheduled tours. Meanwhile, there are several other musicians that are closing up shop on their scheduled tours due to COVID-19. This includes Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line, Nine Inch Nails, Stevie Nicks, Counting Crows, Limp Bizkit, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Fall Out Boy.