“TRIDay The 13th” featured nine musicians, all working with the tenth, Bob Weir, in a Ratdog musical environment. The set list and execution of playing was similar to that of the 2007 Ratdog lineup, consisting of Bob Weir, Jay Lane (Ratdog, Primus), Rob Wasserman (Ratdog), Robin Sylvester (Ratdog), Jeff Chimenti (Furthur, Ratdog), Steve Kimock (Ratdog, Zero) and a four piece horn section from the Marin Symphony Orchestra which Bob Weir just played with last weekend.
The broadcast started off with an introduction from Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow, actor Adam Busch, alongside Bob Weir’s father. With little extra time wasted, they introduced the launch off of TRI Studios, and off went Bob Weir. Bob previewed his August solo tour featuring four acoustic songs beginning with “The Music Never Stoppped.” He stopped in the middle of “Me and My Uncle” to adjust some equipment (in typical Weir character), and then continued on with the song. No matter what kind of speaker set up you had, Weir’s voice in clarity and his playing in strength really kicked in during the stripped down versions of “KC Moan” and “Looks Like Rain.”
The second half of the first set brought Scaring The Children into the picture; pre-2003 Ratdog bassist Rob Wasserman on acoustic bass, and Jay Lane on drums. This lineup with Weir on acoustic held true for a groovy “Corrina” and continuing with an equally fun “Friend Of The Devil.” Weir got on his electric guitar for a Scaring The Children jam frenzy on “Easy Answers.” Following “Easy Answers” was the addition of pianist Jeff Chimenti for an intense performance of “Days Between,” and segued into the bringing on of Steve Kimock and the horn section for the Bobby and the Midnites song “Josephine.” As “Josephine” was jammed out to its capability, a brilliant take on the psychedelic “The Other One,” landed the flying saucer for the first set.
As promised, the set break featured a social media Q&A with the chief, Bob Weir. The cameras took us into a green room where Weir was surrounded by his children and their friends. As fans asked questions from across the country, Weir made note that he plans on bringing Furthur and Chris Robinson’s band into the flying saucer this summer. After the social media questions had been asked, Adam Busch and JP Barlow turned to the children next to Bob to have them ask questions.
As the questions came to an end, Bob Weir walked off and the camera crew took some time to interview Mountain Girl. She explained the story behind the studio name (Tamalpais Research Institute). Mount Tamalpais is a mountain in Marin, near the studio and contains history that Weir found interesting.
Where will the saucer take off to next? Nothing is formally announced, and while we have a few ideas, it’s apparent that something is going to happen.
For now, Weir will get ready for a Wavy Gravy birthday show today, and Furthur tour in July.
Bob Weir & Friends
“TRIDay the 13th”
1. @The Music Never Stopped
2. @Me And My Uncle>
3. @KC Moan
4. @Looks Like Rain
6. #Friend Of The Devil
10.^ The Other One
1.&Ashes & Glass>
6.&West LA Fadeaway>
7.&*The Other One>
@ – Bob Weir solo acoustic
# – Bob Weir acoustic, Rob Wasserman acoustic bass, Jay Lane drums.
$ – Bob Weir electric, Rob Wasserman acoustic bass, Jay Lane drums.
% – Bob Weir electric, Rob Wasserman acoustic bass, Jay Lane drums, Jeff Chimenti piano.
^ – Bob Weir electric, Rob Wasserman acoustic bass, Jay Lane drums, Jeff Chimenti piano, Steve Kimock guitar, Horn section.
&- Bob Weir electric, Robin Sylvester Electric bass, Rob Wasserman acoustic bass, Jay Lane drums, Jeff Chimenti piano, Steve Kimock electric, Horns Section,
* – Reprise
***Note: First show at TRI Studios to be available online live as a webcast.***
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