Happy Birthdays Bob Weir & John Mayer: Watch 5 Non-Dead & Co Collaborations

Watch 5 videos of Bobby and John performing outside of D&C.

By Nate Todd Oct 16, 2021 11:01 am PDT

Today marks the birthdays of Dead & Company guitarists Bob Weir and John Mayer. Weir was born on October 16, 1946 in San Francisco while Mayer was born 31 years later in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Although Mayer emerged in the early 2000s in the pop realm, he was deeply influenced by the blues, as were Weir and the Grateful Dead. John began to gravitate toward the wonderful world of the Dead after hearing “Althea” on Pandora in 2011. Mayer became a self-described “Deadhead” after that and took a deep dive into the GD catalog.

A few years after that fateful algorithmic occurrence, Mayer would get the chance to perform with Bob Weir when the latter was a guest on The Late Show which the former was guest hosting in February 2015. The guitarists performed the aforementioned “Althea” as well as “Truckin.” Just months later, John found himself on stage as the lead guitarist in Dead & Company.

But to celebrate Bobby and John’s birthday, JamBase takes a look at five non-Dead & Company collaborations between the guitarists in the past half-decade beginning with their serendipitous meeting on The Late Show below:

Late Show | February 5, 2015

Bob Weir (See 140 videos) and John Mayer (See 33 videos)

Watch What Happens Live | June 28, 2016 Air Date

On June 28, 2016, Mayer and Weir appeared on an episode of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. Host Andy Cohen is a renowned Deadhead and also a fan of Mayer’s solo work predating his time in Dead & Co. After an entertaining chat with Andy, Bobby and John broke out acoustic guitars and performed “Friend Of The Devil.”

Mayer Joins Weir In Los Angeles | October 10, 2016

In Fall 2016, Weir embarked on his Campfire Tour around his recently released solo album Blue Mountain. The band at The Wiltern stop on October 10 featured album contributors Bryan Devendorf and Scott Devendorf of The National, whose frontman Matt Berninger would also sit-in, along with fellow Blue Mountain musicians Josh Kaufman and longtime Weir collaborator guitarist Steve Kimock as well as bassist Jon Shaw. Weir also welcomed Mayer for a performance of “Jack Straw.”

Ed Congdon (See 5 videos)
Bob Weir (See 140 videos) and John Mayer (See 33 videos)

Mayer Joins Weir At Red Rocks | August 8, 2017

On August 3, 2017, an impressive array of musicians came together to celebrate Jerry Garcia’s 75th birthday at Colorado’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Mayer would once again join Weir’s Campfire Band for most of their show-closing set which saw an additional sit-in from Dead & Co. bassist Oteil Burbridge and included the Mayer-led “Althea.”

Kyle Isaac (See 4 videos)
Bob Weir (See 140 videos) and John Mayer (See 33 videos)

Weir & Sammy Hagar Join John Mayer In San Francisco | September 16, 2019

Bobby would return the favor in September 2019 when he sat in with Mayer at one of the latter’s concerts in San Francisco. Sammy Hagar joined the D&C bandmates for a rendition of “Fire On The Mountain.”

Roman Gokhman (See 3 videos)
Sammy Hagar (See 8 videos) , Bob Weir (See 140 videos) and John Mayer (See 33 videos)
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