Aug. 1 marked what would have been Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia’s 75th birthday. Garcia passed on Aug. 9, 1995 from a heart attack. But the surviving members of the Grateful Dead have carried on the band’s legendary legacy through various Grateful Dead incarnations. The latest, Dead & Company, saw guitarist John Mayer stepping into the Jerry Garcia role. After touring with Dead & Co. earlier this summer, Mayer continued his "The Search For Everything" tour. At his show show on Tuesday, Aug. 1, the Dead & Company guitarist paid a heartfelt tribute to the late Grateful Dead guitarist.
As Jambase reported, Mayer has been closing out his Search For Everything shows by sitting down at the piano and playing his tune “You’re Gonna Live Forever In Me.” But during his show at Phoenix’s Talking Stick Resort Arena on Garcia's birthday, Mayer switched up his set to honor Garcia with a stirring piano rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil.” When the tribute was over, John thanked the crowd while another Grateful Dead classic, “Ripple,” played over the PA. You can check out fan shot footage of the tribute above.