Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir has a string of dates on the books for February and March. Weir will be performing four Colorado shows with Furthur -- his band with Dead bassist Phil Lesh -- one in Denver and three in Broomfield. He'll also play four solo acoustic dates in Sante Fe; Tuscon; Las Vegas; and Ventura, California; before moving up for a pair of shows with his RatDog Quartet in Mill Valley, California.
When we caught up with Bob Weir, we asked him about the back-story to one of his classic Dead tunes, the 1977 Terrapin Station standout, "Estimated Prophet": "It's basically an acid casualty. A guy who took too much acid and has this notion of California and has this notion of this message that he has to give, and stuff like that. And being in the Grateful Dead, we met a number of these kind of folks. They'd introduce themselves, they'd be fascinated by us and what we're up to and, generally speaking, we would figure somewhere in their little cosmology."
- Bob Weir tour dates (subject to change):
February 21 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre (Furthur)
February 22, 23, 24 - Broomfield, CO - First Bank Center (Furthur)
February 26 - Santa Fe, NM - Lensic Performing Arts Center
February 27 - Tucson, AZ - Fox Tucson Theatre
March 1 - Las Vegas, NV - Pearl Concert Theater
March 2 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theatre
March 3, 4 - Mill Valley, CA Sweetwater Music Hall (Bob Weir & The RatDog Quartet)
Available for pre-order is the latest Grateful Dead vault release. The new triple disc set, Dave's Picks Volume 5 - November 17, 1973, was recorded during a show at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion and is limited to 13,000 numbed copies.
The tracklist to Dave's Picks Volume 5 - November 17, 1973 is:
- Disc One: "Me And My Uncle," "Here Comes Sunshine," "Looks Like Rain," "Deal," "Mexicali Blues," "Tennessee Jed," "The Race Is On," "China Cat Sunflower," "I Know You Rider," "Big River," "Brown-Eyed Women," and "Around And Around"
- Disc Two: "Row Jimmy," "Jack Straw," "Ramble On Rose," "Playing In The Band/Uncle John's Band/Morning Dew/Uncle John's Band/Playing In The Band"
- Disc Three: "Stella Blue," "El Paso," "Eyes Of The World," "Sugar Magnolia," and "Casey Jones."
CHECK IT OUT: The Grateful Dead on April 26th, 1977 performing "Estimated Prophet" live in Passaic, New Jersey:
Bob Weir On 'Estimated Prophet'