Photos | Bob Weir & RatDog | Grand Rapids

Images by: R. Cooper

Bob Weir & RatDog :: DeVos Performance Hall :: 6.10.14 :: Grand Rapids, MI

Huge RatDog fan R. Cooper provides his take on the show after the photos...

Bob Weir & RatDog visited the little city of Grand Rapids, MI on Tuesday night. The show took place at DeVos Performance Hall, a brand new venue, smack dab in between a convention center and a few hotels. The smell of new seats and paint didn’t last too long, because as soon as the lights went out – the place filled with that familiar smell. A very slow, intro jam led into the show-opening "Jack Straw." Drummer Jay Lane nailed the verses of the song he sung. The crowd-pleasing "Althea" came next with Weir hitting the heavy slide. "Easy To Slip" contained one of the evening's best jams, while Bobby provided strong vocals on a "Jus' Like Mama Said" that saw Steve Kimock change guitars three times before it was over. There was an interesting finish to this tune as the band held the final note for a long time to allow Bob to quickly swap guitars for "Greatest Story Ever Told." Weir was so enthusiastic about his performance of the tune that he even jumped six inches into the air for its final note. This energy led into a treat of the complete "Weather Report Suite." Weir played the intro in the wrong key and was none to pleased with himself, but the version and the set ended with fantastic work from Kimock.

The second set started off with Weir on acoustic backed by the full band on a cover of Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." Next came a nice, fast-paced "Friend of the Devil" with Bob showing off some great, acoustic lead guitar soloing. Weir still had his acoustic strapped on as "He's Gone" began, but guitar tech A.J. Santella was quick to run out and provide a stratocaster for his boss. "The Wheel," another crowd favorite, featured impressive interplay between Bob and Steve. Weir even utilized some wicked effects at the end of "Wheel." "The Wheel" led into a very long jam that was the best of the night and out of this improvisation bottle-dripped a "Two Djinn," which was followed by the band's nightly "Stuff" excursion that featured keyboardist Jeff Chimenti on Rhodes. The "Wharf Rat" that followed brought out the best of Mr. Kimock. Steve's performance on "Wharf Rat" was absolutely stunning. The set came to a close with a version of "Good Lovin'" that saw Weir show off youthful exuberance as if it was 1979 again. The encore was another fan favorite, an impressively paced "U.S. Blues." It's now on to Madison for Weir, RatDog and the fans following the band.

Set One: Jack Straw, Althea, Easy To Slip, Jus' Like Mama Said, Greatest Story Ever Told, Weather Report Suite

Set Two: A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall @, Friend Of The Devil @, He's Gone > The Wheel > Two Djinn > Stuff > Wharf Rat > Good Lovin'

Encore: U.S. Blues

[Setlist via RatDog.org]

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[Published on: 6/11/14]

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