Bob seemed bemused when John Mayer (host on Late Late Night) said that he had discovered the Grateful Dead "three years ago." Mayer said he now loves the music and listens to it for two hours a day. Mayer also asked if Bob had any memories of Jerry which elicited a shocked look on Bob's face. However, Mayer redeemed himself somewhat by playing decent guitar on Truckin' and Althea. Mayer's singing did drown out some of Bob's beautiful vocals on Truckin' and his loud guitar muddled Bob's fantastic slide work on Althea. I hope that Rat Dog tours after the July reunion concerts to showcase the incredible talents of Bob Weir.
I tried to find a version that extended the cut but no luck...
Sounded great! A little taste while we wait out the winter...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu5zmUaSm1U about 27 minutes into the show
A friend gave me this,
here's to sher-ing, xo!
To Bob's excellence and
This is great!
whatever it was that blew into Bob's life earlier, he seems to have weathered it quite well. You look and sound great, Bob!
**as usual, I'm at least 10 steps behind. Didn't realize GTed notified us about this around 30 days ago and that it actually took place on June 12th. I'm gonna be late for my own funeral, I swear!
this is the same kind of attitude that put Jer in his grave, I don't care if he ever tours again, you don't owe us anything.
There's just too many possibilities for Bob's fall ... maybe dehydrated, low potassium, or maybe he was slipped something w/o his knowledge? Just hope he's feeling better and will have a productive upcoming tour. I've always thought touring would be more tolerable if bands could take more days off for rest between cities, for site-seeing, or just relaxing by the pool.
I accept Phil's explanation that "Bobby has an injured shoulder" for what it is. If Bobby has an injury, he may be on prescription pain killers (IE Rush Limbaughesk Oxycodone issue). The night he bailed, it was the last show of the 9 night run in Portchester. Who wouldn't have a drink on such an occasion? I am not claiming that Bobby is a Wharf Rat or anything but I would find it hard to believe that at this point in his life, he would develop a drinking (Pigpen) or drug (Jerry & Brent) problem. He is married with children and he has successfully created TRI and Sweetwater. IE: Life is good in Bobby Land.
That being said, all you have to do is listen to the 4/15 Portchester (Night 1 at the Capitol?) Watchtower. It was very similar to the Me & My Uncle during the fall out show. Bobby just stopped singing and the band went into some tripped out jam as if intentional to cover it up. There is also the Nokia show at which a medicine mix up was blamed to realize something is going on here.
I wish Bobby a speedy recovery and I hope he comes to terms with the root of the problem. While I didn't appreciate Phil's seemingly uncaring perseverance during the show, I can understand his frustration if this was a predictable occurrence. I guess what I am trying to say is that while Phil went through one liver, he has flown pretty straight since his transplant and I hate to see us losing some of his remaining shows due to avoidable circumstances. I know it took a while after Jerry's passing for Bob & Phil to see eye to eye and I think they have been making a pretty good run at things as of late.
Anyway, I am just feeling antsy waiting on some word regarding the upcoming Furthur shows. I DO love Bobby and Phil, and all of you for that matter. Peace and Love.
On all points. Please get well Bob. Take all the time you need.
Sounds to me like Bob had a heart attack. Considering the symptoms, it pretty much fits the description. Either which way, I hope he feels better soon!