Bob Weir & RatDog performed for the first time since January 31, 2010 last night. The webcast performance took place in Weir’s new Marin, CA TRI Studios and featured two sets of music. In a Relix interview last year, Weir mentioned that he hoped to make RatDog’s TRI show a revue featuring both past and present members of the veteran group (he also optimistically said he has “unfinished” business with that band). So it was no surprise that in addition to most of RatDog’s most recent lineup, the show featured founding bassist Rob Wasserman, onetime horn player Dave Ellis and guitarist Steve Kimock, who subbed for an ailing Mark Karan in 2007.
Unfortunately, bassist Robin Sylvester—who has performed with RatDog since 2003—was unable to attend yesterday’s show at the last minute due to health reasons. Sylvester missed a string of RatDog dates for health reasons in 2010 but has publicly performed a few times over the past few years (including a few shows with Weir). Weir addressed Sylvester’s absence during the webcast and also encouraged fans to help him pay his medical bills by donating to the Furthur Foundation. The only other longtime member of RatDog absent from last night’s show was longtime Weir collaborator Matthew Kelly, who now lives in Hawaii.
The performance opened with a jam that developed into a fitting “The Music Never Stopped.” During set break, TRI showed a variety of interviews with the members of RatDog which traced the group’s history from a bluesy combo to a full rock band. The setbreak visitors also include a clip of “Loose Lucy” featuring Weir’s Marin pal Sammy Hagar as well as a short Q&A. Like many RatDog shows, the band’s second set opened with Weir on acoustic for a few songs, including “Peggy-O,” “Friend of the Devil” and “Corrina.” Karan also played acoustic on “Friend of the Devil.”
For more rehearsal footage, be sure to check out an exclusive video over at Relix.com.
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist as it appears in our Bob Scores section via RatDog.org
I: Jam > The Music Never Stopped > Minglewood Blues, Money for Gasoline, Eyes of the World, Even So > October Queen > The Deep End > Missisippi Half-Step, Ashes and Glass
II: Peggy-O, Friend of the Devil, Corrina, Row Jimmy, Cassidy > Bird Song > Stuff, Days Between > Two Djinn > Not Fade Away