As we reported earlier this week those out in the Bay Area got a special last-minute treat as it was announced that Bob Weir would join Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band for an intimate warmup show last night in the Grate Room at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. The old Grateful Dead band mates are set to team up for a special set at Lockn’ later this summer to honor the 40th anniversary of Terrapin Station.
Those expecting a preview of their upcoming full-album set of the band’s 1977 release were in for a surprise as Bobby, Phil and company had something else in mind. Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band became Weir’s backing band for the night with him singing lead throughout most of the 11-song show. The augmented band instead offered up a diverse set of Grateful Dead classics, alongside a healthy of dose of material from Weir’s solo record Blue Mountain.
The night opened with “Feel Like A Stranger,” from the Dead’s 1980 album Go To Heaven. “Gonesville” and “Only A River,” from Weir’s most recent solo effort of cowboy songs followed. Next up, the band offered up a take on “Uncle John’s Band,” and “Jack Straw,” which saw Weir and guitarist Ross James exchange verses. “Lay My Lily Down” and an almost 14-minute “Bird Song” followed.
The band did sneak in a Terrapin Station nod with Grahame Lesh leading the band through “Jack O’ Roses,” which is the seventh song in Robert Hunter’s “Terrapin Station” Suite. According to the Grateful Dead Song Finder that section of the suite “was never played by the Grateful Dead, though Hunter credits the music to Jerry Garcia. Hunter himself recorded it on his LP Jack O’ Roses. Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band originally debuted their take on tune back in June of 2013.
Weir and the Terrapin Family Band then worked their way through “Throwing Stones” > “Not Fade Away,” ahead of Lesh’s donor rap, and a show closing take on “Brokedown Palace.”
Watch video of “Bird Song” from last night’s show, and check out the full setlist below:
Setlist (via Ratdog.org)
Feel Like a Stranger (BW), Gonesville (BW), Only a River (BW), Uncle John’s Band (all), Jack Straw (BW, RJ), Lay My Lily Down (BW), Bird Song (BW), Jack O’ Roses (GL), Throwing Stones (BW) > Not Fade Away (all) donor rap E: Brokedown Palace (BW)
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