Happy Birthday Bobby

Bob Weir turns 73 years old today, being born on October 16, 1947.  Bob is currently in a group with the bass player Don Was and the drummer Jay Lane called Bob Weir and Wolf Bros that was formed in 2018, but they have suspended their tour due to the Coronavirus.  Bob is also in the band Dead & Company which consists of former Grateful Dead drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, along with John Mayer (guitar), Oteil Burbridge (bass/drums), and Jeff Chimenti (keyboards).  They have also cancelled their tour because of the global coronavirus outbreak.  Dead & Company was formed in 2015 when the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir joined forces with artist and musician John Mayer, Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge, after the Fare Thee Well series of concerts. 

Weir was also the frontman for the band Kingfish, and Bobby and the Midnites, RatDog and he was in the group The Other Ones, The Dead, a band called Furthur.  In 2012, Weir toured with Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes and singer/songwriter Jackie Greene as the Weir, Robinson, & Greene Acoustic Trio.  On April 25, 2013, Weir collapsed onstage during a Furthur performance but he performed with the band two days later, but then he sat out for several weeks and resumed performing that summer.  Jerry Garcia developed a belly as he aged, but Bob Weir has always stayed in good shape and he has always brought his all to concerts.  Bob meditates and he exercises with his Apple watch and it seems like he just keeps going like the Energizer bunny.

In 1999, Weir married Natascha and together they have two daughters, Shala Monet Weir and Chloe Kaelia Weir.  Coincidently John Mayer is also celebrating his birthday and he will turn 43 today.  To celebrate Bob’s birthday, Fans.live is airing a marathon free broadcast streaming celebration that begins at 10 AM ET, and features footage from The Dead’s final five “Fare Thee Well” shows in CA and IL, as well as performances from Dead & Company, RatDog, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros, Phil Lesh & Friends, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Bobby & Phil Duo, and more.  There will also be messages from Weir’s collaborators and friends.

3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Bobby

  1. Happy Birthday Bobby… I’m reading or listening to that other book…something I can say for Bobby and all of the rest…they played for the music…for the love of playing. McCartney is like that also…some musicians are mercenaries but not the Dead.

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      1. I’ve heard the Dear Prudence and liked it a lot. It’s a shame they could never feel completely comfortable in the studio…the way they recorded In The Dark was perfect for them…

        I’ve read a lot of band bios…but none like them. They were a different breed altogether. I loved how they went about some things…it wouldn’t have worked for most but it did for them.

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