Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Dead & Company shared pro-choice messages onscreen during a concert at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia last night (July 8). While performing “Throwing Stones” from Grateful Dead’s In the Dark, the band projected photos of abortion and reproductive rights protestors and later flashed text on the screen that read, “Save our rights.” Watch a clip capturing that moment below.
Dead & Company are currently in the midst of their 2022 summer tour. The jam band—featuring members of the Grateful Dead and John Mayer—have just four shows left on the docket for this run. It marks Dead & Company’s seventh tour since the band formed back in 2015.
Bob Weir and his bandmates are the latest artists to speak out onstage after the overturn of Roe v. Wade, following artists like Olivia Rodrigo and Phoebe Bridgers. Last month, Rage Against the Machine donated nearly half a million dollars from ticket sales to reproductive rights organizations in Wisconsin and Illinois. Similarly, Lizzo pledged to donate $500,000 of proceeds from her upcoming Special tour to Planned Parenthood and abortion rights organizations, with Live Nation matching her donation. Julien Baker, Faye Webster, Parannoul, Wednesday, and dozens of other artists appeared on Through the Soil II, an abortion funds benefit compilation, as well.
Read Pitchfork’s guide “Resources to Protect Reproductive Rights After the Overturn of Roe v. Wade” and revisit “How Deadheads and Directioners Made the Internet What It Is Today” on the Pitch.