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On Tuesday night, Bobby Weir appeared on the Bravo late-night talk show, Watch What Happens Live, hosted by Grateful Dead super-fan Andy Cohen. During the 20-minute conversation, the San Francisco legend offered stories and dug into fan questions alongside Cohen’s other guest, American broadcast journalist Anderson Cooper.
The late-night appearance followed Weir’s first time on the show, which occurred in 2016, alongside his Dead & Company bandmate and personal friend of the program’s host, John Mayer. Fans might recall Cohen also introduced the band, who will embark on their final run this summer, during their Citi Field tour ender in mid-July.
During the broadcast, an elated Cohen asked a mix of his own questions and fan submissions, covering topics ranging from the return of Weir’s signature shorts to more serious notes like the grieving process following the loss of Jerry Garcia. Along the way, Cohen worked in Grateful Dead-infused wordplay nodding toward his long strange trip following the beloved ensemble on the road.
As is tradition on WWHL, Cohen welcomed a surprise bartender to mix up cocktails for the night’s guests. Greg Dacyshyn, the founder of the apparel company Camp High and fellow Dead-enthusiast, shook up a drink he dubbed the Sunshine Daydream in honor of the night’s guest.
Additional highlights included a segment called “Bob Weird,” where Cohen asked the musician stories from the past about his unique experience as a member of the Grateful Dead. When asked, “What’s the weirdest Grateful Dead song?” Weir threw it back to Aoxomoxoa’s 1969 number, “What’s Become of the Baby.”
Then, when Dead & Company’s final tour became a topic of conversation, Weir said, “I’m nowhere near done with this body of work. But that band has pretty much done what it does. And we have one more summer in us, and it’s gonna be good. Believe me.”
During the virtual fan question and answer segment, one woman asked Weir about the upcoming Martin Scorsese-directed Grateful Dead biopic, giving Weir a moment to ponder the casting of Jonah Hills’ as Garcia. Then, Cohen pivoted and inquired about Weir’s favorite venue to play. At first, he described his time in Giza, citing the Dead’s Egypt 1978 run, before listing the Ryman Auditorium’s acoustics as a top contender. Watch below.
For the final interactive segment, Cohen asked his guests if they had ever met a list of musicians, celebrities and spirits. Again, Weir did well, referencing the time he’d met Steve Jobs, a ghost alongside his writing partner John Barlow and even Jimi Hendrix, who he deemed a “sweet guy.” Lastly, Weir was asked about Janis Joplin, describing her as “one hell of a girl,” before referencing their joint time learning the Kris Kristofferson favorite turned Joplin-staple “Me and Bobby McGee” on a train in Canada and even chatting about her relationship with Weir’s bandmate, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan. Watch below.
Following his appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Weir and his Wolf Bros bandmates will perform in Washington, D.C., alongside the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, before continuing his fall tour out west.
Clips from Watch What Happens Live have been uploaded to YouTube. The full episode is available to stream on Hulu, Peacock, or NBC.