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JamBase: Just out of curiosity, what kind of time do you spend on the internet
Bob Weir: I'm something of a news junkie. So, out here on the [West] Coast I get the
New York Times online every night. I spend 9:00 to 10:00, generally after the
kids are down, reading the news and stuff like that. I do a fair amount of shopping,
as much as I have a stomach for. I try to do that online. I spend a lot of time
traveling, so when I'm home I like to stay home.
JamBase: Do you ever spend time online reading the reviews and message boards
related to you?
Bob Weir: I used to but I don't have time for that anymore. I know what kind of show
we had, and I can tell from the reaction of the audience what kind of show [they
feel] we had.
Do you download music yourself?
Yes. I go to commercial sites you know, mostly [iTunes]. If I can't find something
on Apple Music then I start drifting around. It is all pretty much the same quality.
Actually, Apple Music is pretty good. They have the FLAC stuff.
Are you able to perceive a big difference between MP3 and FLAC?
Yeah. [FLAC is] way, way more dynamic.
You need a much bigger hard drive though.
Yeah, actually I got a bigger hard drive.
Bob Weir by Tony Stack
What kind of stuff are you listening to these days?
I don't listen to much pop music. I listen to old R&B. I listen to modern
classical. I listen to jazz, mostly older jazz. Some blues.
What about some of the bands that would be more on the jam side of the fence
Not a whole hell of a lot of it because I don't want that stuff in my head, what
other people are doing in my ilk. It's bound to happen where if something catches my
fancy it's going to come out through my hands. I would encourage jam bands not to
listen to each other so that they continue to develop their individuality.
Where does covering the Dead fit into that mix in terms of stifling creativity for
Whatever floats their mullet as the saying goes. If they love a tune, they should
play it. That's what brings a lot of the joy to the music.
Garcia & Weir by Jay Blakesberg
I find that as my kids are getting older I'm losing some control over the music
that's being played in my house. Who controls the music in your house and what's
Well, my kids are young. My oldest is nine. We do a lot of the Nutcracker for
instance these days. They listen to a lot of ballets because the oldest is a ballet
student. I imagine the younger one just listens to mostly what the older ones play.
I don't play a lot of my music in the house. I tend to play that out here in the
When you're deciding what songs you're going to play for a given show, to what
degree does it enter your mind, "Well gee, is this something that someone is going to
want to buy later on as a download?"
No, not at all. When I'm creating a set list it's a matter of flow and a matter of
the evening's entertainment.
As you're going from Orlando to Boca to Jacksonville or wherever, do you give
thoughts to what you played one night versus the next, so that it keeps it fresh?
The way I create a set list is I have a database so that the songs I've done for the
last two years - and the last couple of times we've been around a given town - are
automatically out. Then, say the last week's worth of shows, those songs are more or
less automatically out, unless the set really, really needs them.
What happens if you play two "One More Saturday Night" in Boca Raton two years in
Well, then you are going to get two "Saturday Nights." We'll try to make them