Photo Credit: Dino Perrucci
Last night, Feb. 2, Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros commenced their 2023 tour at North Charleston Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, S.C. The Thursday night performance saw the ensemble work through many Grateful Dead standards as well as a mix of covers and originals. Toward the end of the evening’s first half, Weir and his collaborators delivered a rendition of The Beatles’ “Come Together,” which represented a debut for this group of musicians, who had not performed the song as a collective unit for a live audience.
Weir and company’s Thursday night stand started with a fitting song choice, “The Music Never Stopped,” to rouse the audience, who warmingly received the opening number. A cover of Rob Wasserman’s “Easy Answers” came before The Temptations’ “Shakey Ground,” which ran back into the night’s first song. A tight display of musicianship continued on the ensuing “Me and My Uncle,” prior to a take on fan favorite, “Friend of the Devil.”
The Palmetto State concert continued with the Weir-penned “She Says” before a run-through of “Ramble On Rose.” Next, a high point of the night occurred when Weir and his band, Don Was, Jay Lane and Jeff Chimenti, as well as The Wolfpack, Alex Kelly, Brian Switzer, Adam Theis, Mads Tolling, Sheldon Brown and Barry Sless, delivered a debut of The Beatles’ “Come Together.” The song represented the first time this lineup of musicians had performed the number collectively. Notably, the last time Weir independently covered the John Lennon/ Paul McCartney classic was on Jan. 20, 2017.
“New Speedway Boogie” capped the first part of the night. Then, after breaking at the show’s midway point, the musicians arrived ready for their second frame which featured a quartet (Weir, Was, Lane and Chimenti) take on the Little Feat original, “Easy to Slip.” A selection of fan favorites rolled out next, beginning with “Greatest Story Ever Told,” which bled over into “Playing in the Band” and “Truckin’.” Then, after pausing, the band jumped into a soaring rendition of “Estimated Prophet.”
The show’s second half brought forth “The Wheel” prior to a triumphant take on “Wharf Rat.” The previously mentioned song merged into a massive display of the “Terrapin Station Suite,” comprised of “Fan” > “Terrapin Station” > “Terrapin Transit” > “At a Siding” > “Terrapin Flyer” > “Refrain” to conclude the second set. After leaving the stage, applause summoned the band back for their encore, a cover of the Robert Hunter-penned “Liberty.”
Following the Thursday night display in North Charleston, S.C., Weir & Wolf Bros will continue their 2023 tour at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, Fla., tonight. For those interested in attending tonight’s show, tickets remain on sale and can be purchased here.
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Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros
North Charleston Performing Arts Center – North Charleston, S.C.
Feb. 2, 2023
Set I: The Music Never Stopped, Easy Answers, Shakey Ground, > The Music Never Stopped, Me and My Uncle, Friend of the Devil, She Says, Ramble On Rose, Come Together+, New Speedway Boogie
Set II: Easy to Slip, Greatest Story Ever Told, Playing in the Band > Truckin’ > Estimated Prophet > The Wheel > Wharf Rat > Terrapin Station Suite*
+ Wolf Bros debut, last time Weir played publicly: Jan. 20, 2017
* Terrapin Station Suite: Lady w/ a Fan>Terrapin Station>Terrapin Transit>At a Siding>Terrapin Flyer>Refrain
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