On April 22, 1995 Bob Weir debuted a new project called RatDog at Historic
Fort Scott in San Francisco. Nearly 20 years later the band played their 900th show under
the moniker last night at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. Both Weir and drummer Jay
Lane have performed at each and everyone of those 900 performances.
The show opened up with Weir's trademark Grateful Dead classic "Hell In A Bucket" and led
into the evening's lone RatDog original - "Money For Gasoline." RatDog focused on songs
from the Grateful Dead's live repertoire for the rest of the set up until the closer,
"Don't Let Go," which was a Jerry Garcia favorite. Last night's "Don't Let Go" was only
the second time RatDog has performed the tune.
Watch fan-shot footage of "Don't Let Go" thanks to BudFulginiti:
Bobby has started each second set of the tour on acoustic and last night was no exception
as RatDog rolled through "Walkin Blues," "Bombs Away" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall."
Weir's "Bombs Away" had been shelved since March 23, 2007. The closing stanza also
included a "Playing In The Band" with "Wang Dang Doodle" in the middle, the band's usual
"Stuff" improvisation and a "Big Railroad Blues" > "Black Peter" > "Sugar Magnolia"
sequence. Fittingly, the band encored with "Touch Of Grey."
Here's the setlist from RatDog's 900th Show:
Set One: Hell in a Bucket, Money for Gasoline, Big River, Ramble On Rose, Brown-Eyed
Women, Sugaree, Don't Let Go
Set Two: Walkin Blues@ > Bombs Away@, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall@, He's Gone > Playin in
the Band > Wang Dang Doodle > Playin in the Band (reprise), Stuff > Big Railroad Blues >
Black Peter > Sugar Magnolia
Encore: Touch of Grey
Previous ''Bombs Away'' 3/23/2007 [161 shows]
(RatDog's 900th Show; Bob Weir's 900th Show; Jay Lane's 900th Show)
[Setlist via RatDog.org]