Latest Bob Weir Articles
A new graphic novel entitled ‘Grateful Dead Origins’ documents the legendary band’s early days and formation. A deluxe edition comes with previously unreleased music from the era.
The Milwaukee Brewers are the latest Major League Baseball team to announce a Grateful Dead Tribute Night as part of their 2019 schedule.
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros closed out their tour by debuting Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row” and the Grateful Dead’s “Black Muddy River” at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center – listen to full show audio.
One of the most memorable and successful collaborations the Grateful Dead facilitated happened on this date in 1990 when Branford Marsalis sat-in in Uniondale, New York.
The Grateful Dead’s ‘Aoxomoxoa’ studio album’s 50th anniversary will be celebrated with a vinyl release and a deluxe edition featuring previously unreleased live tracks and remastered audio.
Phish keyboardist Page McConnell sat-in with Bob Weir & Wolf Bros on a pair of Grateful Dead classics Tuesday night in Miami.
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Latest Bob Weir Setlist
Bob Weir at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
- The Winners
- El Paso
- Desolation Row
- Lay My Lily Down
- Wharf Rat
- The Music Never Stopped
- Easy Answers
- Lost Sailor
- Saint of Circumstance
- He's Gone
- The Other One
- Days Between
- China Cat Sunflower
- I Know You Rider
- Black Muddy River
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.
JamBase will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special show featuring The Camp Harry All-Stars, Big Light and Ron Artis II & The Truth at San Francisco’s The Chapel.
Young guitar prodigy Taz Niederauer was joined by P-Funk’s Eric McFadden and Dead & Co.’s Oteil Burbridge on Monday night.
The Flaming Lips will hit the road with The Claypool Lennon Delirium and Particle Kid for a 12-show summer tour.
Phish will soon release an official recording of their November 11, 1998 show at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan via LivePhish.
Episode 35 of ‘The JamBase Podcast’ features a double dose of “Tour Stories” segments after “The Rundown.” Zach Gill tells tales of a wild “BBQ” at an ALO show, meeting the president and jamming with Eddie Vedder, while Son Volt’s Jay Farrar recalls a pair of weird incidents during his time on the road.