photo via Matt Busch on Instagram
California’s Laguna Seca raceway in Monterey County hosted a celebration of Porsche automobiles this weekend, presenting the four-day Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, and the car fans got a special musical treat on Friday night with an eclectic collection of musicians who came together on stage for the occasion, including Bob Weir, who led the way on a few Grateful Dead favorites.
The house band for the performance included Dhani Harrison, former Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers bandmates Benmont Tench and Steve Ferrone, bassist Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes, guitarist Brian Bell of Weezer, and guitarist Noah Harmon of The Airborne Toxic Event. With Weir, the collective ran through Dead tunes “Touch of Grey” and “Friend of the Devil,” followed by a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue,” and rounded out with “Not Fade Away,” with Perry Farrell providing some backing vocals. See some photos from the collaboration here.
In other Weir news, the guitarist will be honored by California’s Chapman University (which his daughter Monet currently attends) with a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award at the college’s Chapman Celebrates event on November 3 (via Deadheadland). More information on the event can be found here.