Latest Bob Weir Articles
Bob Weir sat in with an all-star cast for the Rex Benefit’s ‘American Beauty’ event.
The Grateful Dead unveiled video featuring their final performance of “Weather Report Suite,” which took place at the Winterland in San Francisco on October 18, 1974.
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros added five February 2020 shows at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California.
The Grateful Dead finished rolling out 30 free tracks spanning 1966 – 1994 from the band’s archive for their 2019 ’30 Days Of Dead’ promotion.
The JamBase 20th Anniversary 20 For 20 series continues with a list of 20 Post-Grateful Dead Bands.
The Grateful Dead fittingly shared video of “Bird Song” on Thanksgiving from their 1987 New Year’s Eve concert in Oakland.
More Bob Weir Articles
Latest Bob Weir Setlist
Bob Weir at Sweetwater Music Hall
- Friend of the Devil
- K.C. Moan
- Big Boss Man
- Franklin's Tower
- Loose Lucy
- Two Djinn
- Bird Song
- Not Fade Away
About Bob Weir
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.
Vida Blue — consisting of Phish keyboardist Page McConnell, Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge and funky METERS drummer Russell Batiste Jr. — confirmed a pair of Spring 2020 concerts.
Alison Krauss will embark on a five-week tour in Spring 2020.
John Kadlecik has joined Melvin Seals & JGB just in time for the band’s extensive Early-2020 Tour.
Ween announced a handful of April 2020 tour dates.
Oteil & Friends, Galactic, Zero and Keller Williams are among the acts that join Dark Star Orchestra on the 2020 Dark Star Jubilee lineup.