On Saturday night RatDog played one of the most unusual shows in the 20-year
history of the band, when Bob Weir was unable to perform in Las Vegas as
according to a tweet from the venue he was "under the weather." Weir & RatDog's summer
tour continued last night at Humphrey's in San Diego, where Weir returned to lead his group.
The ensemble's well-jammed, 55-minute first set only featured five songs. Bobby took back
lead vocal duties from drummer Jay Lane, who handled the job in Vegas. Weir strapped on an
acoustic for a pair of "Cowboy Tunes" to start the second set - "Me & My Uncle" and
"Mexicali Blues." The closing stanza also featured the Dead's "Truckin" before a string of
"Tomorrow Never Knows" (The Beatles), the RatDog original "Two Djinn" - which led into the
nightly "Stuff" jam - and covers of Reverend Gary Davis's "Death Don't Have No Mercy" and
"Samson & Delilah." RatDog finished off the evening with a cover of "Johnny B. Goode."
There's been no further word on what was ailing Bobby, but it appears he's back and ready
to finish out the current tour. Next up for Weir & RatDog is a performance at the
Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix tonight.
Here's a look at last night's Bob Weir & RatDog setlist:
Set One: Jack Straw, Queen Jane Approximately, She Says, Bird Song > Cassidy
Set Two: Me & My Uncle@, Mexicali Blues@, Truckin' > Tomorrow Never Knows > Two Djinn >
Stuff > Death Don't Have No Mercy > Samson & Delilah
Encore: Johnny B. Goode
[Setlist via RatDog.org]
[Published on: 7/7/14]