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The first-ever Bob Weir & Phil Lesh duo tour came to a close with help from Wally Ingram, Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams.
Bobby and Phil brought their first ever duo tour to Chicago last night as they expanded to a six-piece band for their entire second set getting help from longtime friend Jeff Chementi.
Watch video highlights and full show audio of last night’s Bob Weir & Phil Lesh duo show with guests Wally Ingram, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
Watch highlights of Grateful Dead co-founders Bob Weir & Phil Lesh performing as a duo and with Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams last night in Boston.
Guitarist Trey Anastasio sat-in with Bob Weir & Phil Lesh for all of Saturday’s second set and encore at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Guitarist Bob Weir and bassist Phil Lesh played their first of six “duo” shows last night in New York City. Check out pro-shot videos, fan-shot videos, the setlist and a review of the concert.
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One of Bob Weir’s best-loved songs is “The Music Never Stopped.” It holds true, even in the 21st century. As a matter of fact, as the century goes along it’s even truer.
Even when his first band, the Grateful Dead, was playing close to 100 shows yearly, Weir needed other outlets, and developed a solo career that began with albums like Ace and Heaven Help the Fool and continued through his sidebands “Kingfish” and “Bobby and the Midnites.” It then settled into a special duo partnership with the distinguished bassist Rob Wasserman.
As their music evolved, they reached out into musical realms that required more players. RatDog was born, and began to grow. First came the drummer, Jay Lane, one of the Bay Area’s best, a member of the Freaky Executives and the Uptones. He introduced to RatDog the incredibly gifted jazz/blues/rock pianist, Jeff Chimenti. Guitarist Mark Karan came to Weir’s notice in the summer of 1998 when they played together in The Other Ones, and he proved far too good to let go. The Lane/Chimenti jazz pipeline produced another addition to RatDog, the fine Bay Area saxophonist Kenny Brooks, a New England Conservatory of Music graduate and a long-time member of the Charlie Hunter Quartet.
Finally, early in 2003 Rob Wasserman decided to concentrate on his various personal projects (his duo relationship with Weir endures), and RatDog went sniffin’ for a new bassist, finding him in Bay Area veteran Robin Sylvester. The London native has been a Bay Area fixture for more than 20 years, and is best known for his long-time close association with the legendary (and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member) saxophonist Steve Douglas, which put Robin in recording and performing situations with Phil Spector, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, and Ry Cooder. Robin is a vital addition to a band that’s ready to explode. RatDog’s music represents Weir’s complete repertoire, from blues like “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and “Little Red Rooster” to the psychedelic stylings of his Grateful Dead classics like “Playing in the Band,” “The Other One,” and “Throwing Stones,” to his own Dead rockers like “Cassidy,” “One More Saturday Night,” and “Sugar Magnolia,” to some of his solo material, like “Josephine” and “Bombs Away.” The 2000 release of the band’s first studio album, Evening Moods, added a bevy of hot tunes to the song list, including “Odessa,” “Bury Me Standing,” “Two Djinn,” and “Ashes and Glass.”
2001 saw the release of Live at Roseland, a double-CD collection from a Portland, Oregon show, and a big favorite among Dead Heads.
Bob Weir and RatDog. It’ll grab hold and not let you go.