The Grateful Dead reportedly set to tour with John Mayer following farewell gigs

The Grateful Dead have reformed for a number of 50th anniversary shows this summer

The Grateful Dead are reportedly set to tour with John Mayer after their upcoming farewell gigs.

The rumours follow news that The Grateful Dead will reform for three 50th anniversary shows in July with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. The gigs will take place at Chicago’s Soldier Field, where the band’s last performance with Jerry Garcia took place on July 1995. Garcia died the following month of a heart attack during his stay at a drug rehabilitation facility in California. The remainder of the band: Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, have not performed live under the name since, instead touring as ‘The Dead’ or ‘The Other Ones’.

However, after John Mayer served as guest host of US chat programme The Late Late Show in February and performed alongside The Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir on two classic tracks ‘Truckin” and ‘Althea’, it is now being reported that the classic rock band could serve as Mayer’s backing band on his autumn tour.

Billboard writes that a tour which will see Mayer backed by the living members of The Grateful Dead will take place before the year is out. Billboard writes: “According to insiders, the trek is due to kick off in October, with the Grammy-winning singer and guitarist having already begun to jam in a rehearsal-like setting with select members of the group, chief among them Weir. Observers say he’s ecstatic about the prospect.”