Posts Tagged ‘Bob Weir’

Bob Weir at Club Front Nov 1981

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Here are two photos of Bob Weir that I took at Club Front in November of 1981. I am offering them as 8×10 prints on Epson Ultra Premium Luster paper.

You can order 1 for $30 or both for $50. They will be signed and numbered. Size of the edition will be determined by the number of orders.




John Rottet photo for KPFA auction

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Bob Weir 3/31/94 – photo by John Rottet
5×8, unmounted, signed by the photographer.

Auction begins now and ends at noon PST on Wednesday, February 1. Bidding begins at $25. Bid by posting in the comments section below, and please keep coming back to top competing bids!

Proceeds go to KPFA

John Rottet photo for KPFA auction

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Bob Weir 9/29/93 – photo by John Rottet
7×10, unmounted, signed by the photographer.

Auction begins now and ends at noon PST on Wednesday, February 1. Bidding begins at $25. Bid by posting in the comments section below, and please keep coming back to top competing bids!

Proceeds go to KPFA

Bob Weir & friends jam 2/5/11

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

This was during a rehearsal for “First Fusion,” a collaboration between Bob Weir and the Marin Symphony. The event takes place 5/7/11 and you can read all about it (and get tickets) here.

Dead to the World 4/22/09

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Wavy Gravy stopped by at the start of the show to talk about a bunch of events he’s doing in the next few weeks. He’s at the Ashkenaz in Berkeley tomorrow and Friday nights; info on the Ashkenaz site. There’s a brunch at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant in Jack London Square (Oakland CA) Sunday, May 2, 11 am to 1 pm, a benefit for Camp Winnarainbow. There’s a showing of Michelle Esrick’s film about Wavy, Saint Misbehavin’ on Friday, May 8, 6:45 pm at the Regal Cinemas Riverfront Stadium Twin in Santa Cruz, California, part of the Santa Cruz Film Festival. Q&A with Wavy after the movie. And on Thursday, May 14, there’s a cocktail party at Trader Vic’s at 9 Anchor Drive in Emeryville California, a benefit for SEVA, with music by Henry Kaiser.

Cold Rain and Snow
Picasso Moon
Never Trust a Woman
Stagger Lee
Smokestack Lightning
Grateful Dead 7/23/90 World Music Theater, Tinley Park IL

That’s It for the Other One
New Potato Caboose
– Grateful Dead, Road Trips 2.2 (2/14/68 Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco)
Bob Weir interview 7/18/84

This interview was done before I had any idea I was going to become a radio producer. I was gathering stories for a book, Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Dead. So the audio quality isn’t as good as it ought to be, and I hadn’t yet learned to keep my yap shut while the subject it talking. But the stories are good!

Weir: While we were working up “Alligator,” a friend of ours, John Warnecke … His father had a cabin on the Russian River. It was late spring. We packed up and went to that place and worked up a few songs, among them the first few strains of “The Other One” [the “he had to die” part] and “Alligator,” and one or two others. Most particularly “The Other One” and “Alligator.” “Caution” we had been playing for a while.

We had a little sort of a stage, a platform that I guess was for a tent, on a bluff over the river. We set up all our equipment, and you couldn’t see it from down on the river, which was about 30 feet below, because of the bushes and foliage.

We’d been watching the canoers come down the river for several days. We had one of the feedback scenarios that you hear in “Caution,” mere everybody just opens fire with all the electronic weirdness that we bad at our disposal at the time. We had all our PA gear set up so it was facing down at the river.

First off … I had a bullfrog croak that I could do through a microphone that sounded fairly convincing. If you put it through the entire PA and everything we had, it sounded like a 40-foot bullfrog. So we’d wait for the canoers to get right underneath us and then I’d open up with the bullfrog. We’d have them diving out of the canoes.

Pretty soon we’d just open fire with everything. We’d wait til they got right underneath us and then, “Ready, aim, fire!” and we’d blast them with sonic weirdness of a hellacious sort.

It was about a week and a half we spent up there — after they fished me out of jail…. I was arrested for throwing a water balloon at a cop. He was conducting an illegal search on a car belonging to a friend of mine, directly below 710 Ashbury. I considered it to be an illegal search; the car had probably been parked there for quite some time, and probably was malfunctioning and he was probably trying to see if anybody really owned the car. But I thought this was an illegal search, and it incensed me. And besides, we were having a water balloon fight inside the house at the time.

I got him from the third-story window. I didn’t actually hit him; I got it right next to him in a perfect bomb-burst pattern on the pavement. It got his shoes probably full of water.

Gans: What was the charge?

Weir: Assault on an officer. He wouldn’t have busted me, but after that I had to go out in the street and just kind of sit there and look at him and grin.

Seeds and StemsDavid Gans w/ Mike DiPirro 4/17/09 Camp Zoe, Salem MO

Weir in a car mag (!)

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Bob Weir interviewed in Motor Trend Magazine!

Quick Stats: Bob Weir, founding member of the Grateful Dead
Daily Driver: 2007 Lexus GS 450h (Bob’s rating: 8 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other car: 1963 Corvette Stingray roadster (rating: wants to be buried in it)
Favorite road trip: San Francisco streets with Beat legend Neal Cassady
Car he learned to drive in: A tractor
First new car bought: 1969 BMW 2002

The old Stingray was showcased in an exhibit of rock stars’ wheels at the Petersen Automotive Museum seven years ago. “There were all these cars that you can actually shave looking at yourself in one of them — and then there was mine,” Weir says.

“They perched it right at the entrance. When they picked up the car, I told them if they washed it I’d have their asses in court. Because that’s not the way the car is supposed to look, as far as I’m concerned. It’s a number of shades of primer gray on top of the old — I don’t know what color it used to be — but it’s dark and dusty, and I kind of like it like that. It was the only car that had a picture in all the articles. I love the car, it’s a great car.”

Amusing article, worth a read even if you DGAS about cars.

BTW, I got to drive his Corvette once, 20-odd years ago. I was nervous, and probably a little too careful.

“Stop the Spray” benefit June 8

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Benefit Concert to Stop Aerial and Ground Pesticide Spraying

Tickets going fast. Buy online HERE.

WHEN: Sunday, June 8th, 1-6 pm

WHO: Featured Artists will include Bob Weir, Maria Muldaur, David Pack of Ambrosia, Larkin Gayle, Austin de Lone, Phat Barbies, Bob Hill Band, Jessie Kincaid, PILAR, The Shamanic Cheerleaders and special surprise guests.

Hear from special guests, celebrity environmentalists and elected officials

WHERE: 2330 Marinship Way, Sausalito on the Bay

$ 20 General Admission
$ 10 Students
$ 100 Priority Seating
$ 500 Premiere Seating
(front rows) and Back Stage Party with artists and leaders!

To purchase tickets, click here



Grateful Dead Hour #1025

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Week of May 12, 2008

Part 1 21:10
Grateful Dead 8/5/89 Cal Expo, Sacramento CA

Part 2 33:45
Ratdog 3/24/08 The Pageant, St Louis MO
Ratdog 3/25/08 Madison Theater, Covington KY
Ratdog 3/29/08 Landmark Theater, Syracuse NY
Ratdog 4/3/08 Beacon Theater, New York NY

The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible in part this week by the Ten Thousand Lakes Festival, July 23 through 26 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Phil Lesh and Friends, Mickey Hart Band, Dark Star Orchestra, The Flaming Lips, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Michael Franti and Spearhead, and more than fifty additional acts. More information and tickets for the 10,000 Lakes Festival are available at

Dead to the World 4/30/08

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

The Golden RoadRatdog 3/24/08 The Pageant, St Louis
I Need a MiracleRatdog 3/25/08 Madison Theater, Covington KY
Been All Around This WorldRatdog 3/29/08 Landmark Theater, Syracuse NY
Franklin’s Tower (acoustic) – Ratdog 4/3/08 Beacon Theater, NYC
Turn On Your Lovelight w/ Dana FuchsRatdog 4/3/08 Beacon Theater, NYC
The River Song w/ Chris Burger, Zachariah Mose, Dana Fuchs, Dred Scott, George Garzone, Doug Yates – Ratdog 4/4/08 Beacon Theater, NYC

Among other credits, Dana Fuchs plays a Janis Joplinesque singer in a wonderful movie called Across the Universe, a musical built around Beatle songs.

Regarding the personnel on “The River Song,” Gary Lambert has the info I was lacking:

“Jay, Kenny and Jeff are all in Alphabet Soup, along with Chris and Zach, DJ Tyko (I think that’s the right spelling) and a rotating cast of friends. Dred is a Bay Area expat — co-founder of Alphabet Soup, President’s Breakfast and other cool bands from the early days of jazz-hiphop fusion. Now lives in Brooklyn and plays regularly with Kenny and many other local hepcats. Garzone and Yates are both highly respected, if not all that well known to the public, saxophonists. George is a well-known jazz educator as well, and was one of Kenny’s primary teachers at the New England Conservatory.”

One More Saturday Night
Bird Song
– Grateful Grass

Keller Williams, Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain, and Keith Moseley (String Cheese Incident) played Grateful Dead songs in NYC to benefit the Rex Foundation, and they’ve released the show online with the proceeds also going to Rex. More info at and on Keller’s site.

Eric Thompson live in the KPFA studio, talking about Kleptograss and other stuff.

Barefoot Nellie – Black Mountain Boys 1964

Jerry Garcia, banjo; Eric Thompson, guitar; David Nelson, banjo

Jibaro Hoedown
Kleptograss 2/3/08 Verdi Club, San Francisco

Little SadieKleptograss 10/05 reight and Salvage, Berkele CA

Lleveme al Cielo
Viper’s Dream
La Arboleda
Louisiana Blues
Kleptograss 2/3/08 Verdi Club, San Francisco

Bobby’s cutoffs not going to UCSC

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

SF Weekly tackles the important question:

It was initially unclear whether one famous item of apparel would be part of the archive: Bob Weir’s famous cutoff denim shorts. While Catherine Bach may have introduced them into pop culture in her role as the leggy cousin of Bo and Luke Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard, if there’s one person who is responsible for bringing Daisy Dukes — the outrageously short cutoffs — to rock ‘n’ roll, it’s Weir.

“Peyote to LSD” on the History Channel 4/19

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey

From the History Channel web site:

Plant Explorer Richard Evans Schulte’s discoveries of hallucinogenic plants revolutionized science and laid the foundation for the psychedelic sixties. Now his protégé, Wade Davis, follows in his footsteps to experience for himself the discoveries that Schultes brought to the western world. Watch native ceremonies and visit laboratories in Switzerland to explore the evolution of psychedelic substances from sacred plants to LSD. Join legendary authors, musicians and Beat Poets on an epic journey that spans decades.

(all times Eastern)

Saturday, April 19 10:00 PM
Sunday, April 20 02:00 AM
Saturday, April 26 05:00 PM

According to this post on DeadNet, Bob Weir appears in the documentary, and some Grateful Dead music is included.

View the trailer here.

Grateful Dead Hour #1021

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Week of April 14, 2008

Part 1 30:51
The Waybacks with Bob Weir 12/15/07 Warfield Theater, San Francisco
The Waybacks, Loaded

Part 2 25:29
Grateful Dead 8/5/89 Cal Expo, Sacramento CA

The Weirbacks, as the combination has been dubbed, have performed several times, including Merlefest and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. The Waybacks and Bobby’s band, Ratdog, were both on the bill for a Rex Foundation benefit in San Francisco on 12/15/07, and the “St Stephen” you hear here is the happy result of their collaboration that night.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Grateful Dead Productions, announcing the release of Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings, a 9-disc set containing every note recorded at the legendary San Francisco venue on November 9, 10, and 11, 1973. Mastered in HDCD from the original 2-track reels using a state-of-the-art restoration technique, Winterland 1973 captures the post-Pigpen Dead at a creative peak on their home turf. Audio samples, historical documents, message board, and details of a limited-edition bonus disc are available now at

The 10,000 Lakes Festival, July 23 through 26 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. 10KLF features Phil Lesh & Friends, Mickey Hart Band, Dark Star Orchestra, The Flaming Lips, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and over fifty additional acts. More information and tickets for the 10,000 Lakes Festival are available at

Woodstock Trading Company, a brick-and-mortar as well as an online store offering clothing, posters, incense, tye dyes, and gifts from the Grateful Dead and numerous other bands. The store is located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and online at