Bob Weir and his Wolf Bros featuring bassist Don Was and Jay Lane continued their inaugural tour on Thursday night at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, and the trio delivered another two sets of Grateful Dead favorites and more, including a surprise sit in from Jane’s Addiction frontman/Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell, who emerged during the second set for a cover of late legend Tom Petty.
Last night’s first set was bookended with Little Feat’s “Easy to Slip” and Weir’s own “Easy Answers,” with a more recent solo song, “Gonesville” from Blue Mountain, appearing near the middle. The set also featured Dead catalog staples like “Deep Elem Blues,” the venue-appropriate “West LA Fadeaway” and “‘Scarlet Begonias,” plus one of Weir’s favorites, “Loose Lucy.”
Set two kicked off with the classic run of “Lost Sailor” into “Saint of Circumstance,” before Weir and company welcomed out Perry Farrell to help out on “Friend of the Devil” and take lead vocals on Tom Petty’s “Breakdown.” (Interestingly, Farrell, Weir and a slew of other musicians crossed paths a few weeks ago at Southern California’s Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV.)
The trio then continued their show with more Dead tunes, “Althea,” “New Speedway Boogie” and “The Other One.” A cover of The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” followed by “Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad” and a later encore of “Ripple” closed out the night in LA.
See the full setlist below as it appears in our Box Scores section, along with fan-shot video from the night, including Farrell’s sit in (via Deadheadland). Weir and Wolf Bros continue their fall tour tonight at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara, CA.
Wolf Brothers (Bob Weir, Don Was and Jay Lane)
Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Set I: Easy To Slip, Deep Elem Blues, Gonesville, Loose Lucy, West LA Fadeaway, Scarlet Begonias, Easy Answers
Set II: Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance, Friend of the Devil*, Breakdown*, Althea, New Speedway Boogie > The Other One, Dear Prudence, Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad
Notes: *with Perry Farrell