Last night, Bob Weir appeared at this year’s National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) event in Anaheim, CA, playing a show at the D’Angelico Guitars booth along with receiving the NAMM Music For Life Award.
Weir received the award from NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond, and the Grateful Dead guitarist offered up some words for the occasion, saying, “If you’re always going for it, the muse is always leading you in some direction. If you have faith in your muse, you’re going to get somewhere — if you put shoulder to the wheel. Every artist of any stripe is a storyteller, and the way you weave it together represents what makes life worth living.”
Last year, Weir celebrated the release of his signature D’Angelico guitar with a show featuring members of Guns N’ Roses, The Doobie Brothers and more. That guitar won the Editor’s Choice Award for Guitar, Amps and Accessories at NAMM’s summer show.
At this year’s show, Weir performed backed by a band featuring RatDog drummer Jay Lane, bassist Paul Ill, Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley, John Mayer band guitarist Isaiah Sharkey and percussionist Wally Ingram. The band ran through some Dead tunes and solo Weir cuts from his Blue Mountain album in a setlist that featured “Lay My Lily Down,” “Only a River,” “Lost Sailor,” a version of “Dark Star” wrapped around ‘Jack Straw,” “Cassidy,” “West LA Fadeaway” and “The Other One.”
A video of his performance is available here.