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Dead & Company’s ‘most spectacular’ show seen at Sphere

Dead & Company kicked off their 24-night residency at the Las Vegas Sphere with what audience members described as the most spectacular visual show in American rock band history.

Outer space was a common theme in the Grateful Dead spin-off’s Dead Forever – Live at Sphere show, with audiences passing through wormholes and splashes of color in the early evening before landing on new planets later.

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At one point, close-up shots of the famous Grateful Dead house in San Francisco were zoomed out to give the impression of audience members floating higher and higher above the city before reaching the cosmos. The launch into orbit gave the feeling that the entire room was tilting.

Photo: Alive CoverageBackdrops ranged from a tropical rainforest to the set of a Wild West movie, which was presented in ‘Sphere-O-Vision’.

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There were many references to the history of Dead & Company and Grateful Dead, including a backdrop with tickets, backstage passes and photos.

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A recreation of the Grateful Dead’s short-lived 1974 ‘wall of sound’ – at the time the largest sound system ever built – its towers of speakers stretched higher and higher before transforming into a rainbow bridge in space.

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Another highlight included the Grateful Dead’s Uncle Sam skeleton riding a motorcycle through a psychedelic landscape while being chased by bears and eyeballs with wings.

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Dead & Company is the third group to play the $2.3 billion Sphere since it opened last fall.

The Irish band U2 performed in the venue opening concert on September 29. The U2:UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere residency, which broke box office records for a Las Vegas residency, included 40 concerts over a five-month period.

Last month, Moment Factory produced an awesome visual backdrop for Four concerts by the American rock band Phish in the Las Vegas sphere.

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