After recently finishing up the Grateful Dead’s 50 Anniversary Tour that resulted in huge sellout crowds, including the largest ever sell out crowd at Chicago’s Soldier Field (nearly 71,000!), Bob Weir sat down with Dan Rather for an exclusive AXS TV interview. The interview covers a wide range of topics including Bob’s unique relationship with Jerry Garcia.
Weir also spoke about how his musical influences matured in the Sixties before the Dead formed, from the Kingston Trio and the Limeliters to Bob Dylan and Joan Baez to Lightnin’ Hopkins. When Rather asked how demanding Garcia was as a bandmate, Weir said, “He knew about what I was good for and just was happy with that. He knew how to get stuff out of me. He very, very rarely had me play anything specific. He kept me to my own devices and I tried to delight him as best I could.”
It’s great to see Weir continue to perform as much as he does. It is our assumption that Bob will continue to play the huge catalog of Grateful Dead tunes for years to come, and we salute him for everything. Read the rest of the article and watch part of the interview at Rolling Stone.