Dead & Company has announced a 19-date summer tour. The jaunt kicks off with a two-night stand at Mountain View, California's Shoreline Amphitheatre, and will play double-night runs in George, Washington; Los Angeles; Chicago -- and a tour-closing stand on July 5th and 6th at Boulder, Colorado's Folsom Field. The band will also be playing single shows in Noblesville, Indiana; Saratoga Springs, New York; Camden, New Jersey; Foxborough, Massachusetts; New York City; Bristow, Virginia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; and Dallas, Texas.

Along with Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann -- the band is rounded out with guitarist John Mayer, former-Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge, and longtime RatDog and Dead sideman, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

Bob Weir, who for years acted as Jerry Garcia's deputy in the Dead, talked to us about living a lifetime in the band: "This is the only life I've ever known, so it's all I've ever wanted to do, as well. It all seems real natural to me; ringing those lofty bells onstage -- I live for that. In the mid-'70s, we decided we were going to start our own record company. In retrospect, we lost a lot of money, we found ourselves carrying briefcases and stuff like that and it was (laughs) -- like I say, it was not something I would do again." :

May 31 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 1 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 3, 4 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
June 7, 8 - George, WA - The Gorge Amphitheatre
June 12 - Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
June 14, 15 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
June 18 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 20 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
June 22 - Foxborough, MA - Gillette Stadium
June 23 - New York, NY - Citi Field
June 26 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
June 28 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
June 29 - Atlanta, GA - Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 2 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion
July 5, 6 - Boulder, CO - Folsom Field

AUDIO: BILL KREUTZMANN SAYS HE WANTS PEOPLE TO BE BROUGHT TOGETHER FROM LISTENING TO GRATEFUL DEAD MUSIC
AUDIO: MICKEY HART ON THINGS BEING SMOOTH ON THE ROAD
AUDIO: BOB WEIR ON HIS PURPOSE IN LIFE