Happy Birthday Bob Weir: Bobby Plays Dylan


Today is the 69th birthday of founding Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir. Bobby’s been busy lately, staying active with and having just issued a solo album Blue Mountain which he’s currently supporting with a tour.

This birthday-edition of Sunday Cinema focuses on Bobby performing the work of recently awarded Nobel Prize Laureate Bob Dylan. Weir and the Dead famously toured with Dylan in 1987 playing many of the iconic singer-songwriter’s compositions together. Many of Dylan’s most beloved songs such as “All Along The Watchtower,” “When I Paint My Masterpiece” and others were staples of later Dead setlists and Weir has performed the Nobel winner’s songs in various settings with different lineups throughout his career.

Below is a set of videos featuring Bobby playing Dylan as solo performer, with the Grateful Dead, Dead & Company and moe. as well as with Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Jonathan Wilson.

[Ballad Of A Thin Man – Grateful Dead – March 27, 1988 – Hampton Coliseum ]

[When I Paint My Masterpiece – Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir & John Kahn – December 17, 1987 – San Francisco, CA]

[All Along The Watchtower – Grateful Dead – October 17, 1994 – Madison Square Garden]

[Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again – moe. – September 24, 2011 – Mohawk, NY]

[Desolation Row (and Loose Lucy) – Bob Weir Solo – September 8, 2012 – Bearsville, NY]

[It’s All Over Now (Baby Blue) – Jonathan Wilson & Bob Weir – March 2, 2013 – Ventura Majestic Theater – Ventura, CA]

[Queen Jane Approximately – Dead & Company – June 28, 2016 – Hartford, CT]

[A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – Dead & Company – July 9, 2016 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre]


[Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Dead & Company – July 23, 2016 – The Gorge]


[She Belongs To Me – Jerry Garica, Phil Lesh & Bob Weir]