Bob Weir and Ratdog Schedule
Throughout the late 1980s and until Jerry Garcia's death in 1995, Bob Weir dedicated
his focus to play with the Grateful Dead. Following Garcia's death, he started an exhaustive tour schedule with Ratdog, a
band he founded with bassist Rob Wasserman.
Today, Weir, widely recognized as one of the founding members of the iconic
Grateful Dead band, continues on with Ratdog criss-crossing the nation and may be headed to a venue near you. Bob Weir and
Ratdog have a packed schedule that includes tour stops at the Tower Theatre Upper Darby in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania; Lincoln
Theatre DC in Washington, D.C.; The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey; the NYCB Theatre in Westbury, New York; the
House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts; the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont; the Capitol Theatre
in Port Chester, New York; and more!
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Bob Weir and Ratdog Background
Guitarist Bob Weir originally hails from California, growing up in the suburban
town of Atherton. Weir began playing guitar at the age of 13. He first went to Menlo Atherton High School but his mounting
problems with undiagnosed dyslexia and poor academic performance led his frustrated parents to send him to Fountain Valley
High School, a boarding school. Eventually he was kicked out of Fountain Valley and ended up spending time in Palo Alto, wandering
onto the Bay Area folk-music scene. Countless days were spent at a record store where Jerry Garcia offered guitar lessons.
Weir spent his evenings at the Tangent, where he was exposed to seeing some rock legends unravel, including Janis Joplin and
Jefferson Airplane, as well as that guy from the music store, Jerry Garcia.
When Bob Weir was only 17, Garcia persuaded
him and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan to form a folk-rock band coined Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions. Weir assumed the role
as their rhythm guitarist. Eventually the band's name became the Grateful Dead, expanding to include bass guitarist Phil Lesh,
and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, along with numerous keyboardists over the life of the band. Throughout the 1970s,
the Dead played nearly 100 shows annually, but that didn't prevent Weir from working on independent musical projects, including
his debut solo album, ACE in 1972. He additionally performed and recorded with other music groups like Bobby and the Midnites
In the late 1980s, Weir collaborated with bassist Rob Wasserman and the pair toured over a seven-year
period under the monikers of Weir/Wasserman as well as Scaring the Children. In 1994, the duo played Woodstock '94. Jay Lane
was added to the mix on drums in 1995 and Matthew Kelly played the harmonica and guitar.
Following the death of Jerry
Garcia in 1995, the Grateful Dead disbanded in 1995. Also in 1995, Ratdog played their first official show, reviving Grateful
Dead classics along with their own original material and covers from influential musicians like Bob Dylan. Ratdog's inventory
is comprised of more than 150 songs.
Since the beginning of 2010, Ratdog had taken a break while Weir went on tour with
Furthur. The original Ratdog members, including Weir, Jay Lane and Wasserman, additionally played throughout 2009 and 2010
under the guise of Scaring the Children.
Ratdog's current lineup is comprised of Weir, Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane, Mark
Karan, Robin Sylvester and Kenny Brooks.
Bob Weir and Ratdog Trivia
Bob Weir and his band, Ratdog, have
had many guest musicians take the stage with them over the years, including Grateful Dead members Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey
Hart, Donna Jean Godchaux and Bruce Hornsby. Other celebrated guests include: Al Schnier, Ekoostik Hookah, Warren Haynes,
Joan Baez, DJ Logic, John Popper, Dickey Betts, Sammy Hagar, Les Claypool, Trey Anastasio, Keller Williams and Susan James.
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Bob Weir and
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have drawn in generations of fans to their brand of music, comprised of Grateful Dead tunes; a colorful blend of covers from
musical greats like Chuck Berry and Bob Dylan; and their own original material.
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Bob Weir and Ratdog
For over three decades, Bob Weir toured with the legendary Grateful Dead, and today, Weir is keepin' the
fires burnin' by touring solo and with the band, Ratdog.
Bob Weir and Ratdog's albums include Evening Moods (2000) and
Live at Roseland (2001).
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