UPDATE: The Dead & Company charity auction will be CLOSING ON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25TH at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO, 30 minutes into set break. Look for the auction on the arena concourse during both 1st Bank Center concerts.
With Dead & Company getting rave reviews across the Northeast, Bob Weir continued a relatively-new tradition of playing a signed guitar on stage to help boost a charity auction.
Last night at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA, Weir played “Peggy-O” with a D’Angelico guitar signed by all the members of Dead & Company. The one-of-a-kind EX-SS guitar, which also features the Dead & Company logo on its pick guard, is being auctioned on the tour to benefit more than a half-dozen charities. Currently, the high bid sits at $11,500.
The guitar will be “Truckin’ up to Buffalo,” on display and open for bidding tonight on the concourse as the First Niagara Center, and then will continue across the country with stops in Columbus, OH, Greensboro, NC, Atlanta, GA and more. The person with the highest bid at set break of the November 25th show in Broomfield, CO – from any city – will become the guitar’s proud owner.
For more information or to get specific location of the charity auction display for any stop on the tour, email [email protected] Locations will be available approximately 1 hour before showtime.
Weir first played a D’Angelico guitar on stage during the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well shows last summer. That guitar sold at auction for $526,000, making it the 18th most expensive guitar ever sold and netting nearly $30,000 each for 17 different charities. Weir then played a similar guitar on stage at the Lockn’ Festival in Virginia in September, which fetched $65,000 in an auction. He also has been playing two other D’Angelico guitars regularly throughout the Dead & Company tour.
The auction will benefit the organizations that were part of ‘Participation Row,’ a social action village put together by HeadCount at the band’s recent Madison Square Garden concerts, and other charities invited by the band. The beneficiaries include the Rex Foundation a charity established by members of the Grateful Dead in 1983; Love Hope Strength; a bone marrow donor screening organization, the Multidisciplinary Associations for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS); the environmental groups Mom’s Clean Air Force and Rock the Earth; Hawaiian Alliance for Progressive Action, and Reverb, which is running the greening efforts for the Dead & Company tour.
The auction also features a signed Dead & Company Remo drumhead, and a signed tour poster.