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The Grateful Dead welcomed Bob Dylan to share the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City 25 years ago today for a collaborative “Rainy Day Women #12 & #35.”
The Grateful Dead’s performances of “China Cat Sunflower” and “I Know You Rider” from October 17, 1974 is this week’s installment of the band’s ‘All The Years Live’ video series.
To celebrate Bob Weir’s 72nd birthday, check out some of the live collaborations the Grateful Dead founding member has been a part of in 2019.
“Deadhead In Training” Jimmy Fallon was quizzed by Andy Cohen on his knowledge of Grateful Dead songs during a round of “Name That Dead Song” on a recent episode of ‘Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.’
Bob Weir, Eric Krasno and John Popper joined Twiddle during their set at this year’s Lockn’ for a rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “Eyes Of the World.”
The Grateful Dead’s performance of “Let It Grow” from July 16, 1990 is the latest installment of the band’s ‘All The Years Live’ video series.
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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.
Livetronica trio The New Deal added a handful of tour dates to their 2020 winter tour.
The Prince Estate and Warner Records unearthed and shared Prince’s late-1970s acoustic demo of “I Feel For You.”
Bruce Hornsby teamed with Bon Iver for a pair of songs on Thursday night at The Anthem in Washington D.C.
Holly Bowling talks “The Art Of The Setlist” after “The Rundown” of recent news stories on Episode 48 of ‘The JamBase Podcast.’
Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio nodded to the upcoming Oysterhead reunion by unveiling the acoustic version of “Mr. Oysterhead” on Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio.