Bob Weir Information
A founding member of the Grateful Dead, rhythm guitarist Bob Weir performed with the group from 1965 to 1995 when the group disbanded, performing over 2,300 in the bandâ€™s career. Weir met front man Jerry Garcia at age 16 when he heard Garcia playing banjo. Weir and Garcia spent the night playing music together and decided to form a band. The band, first called Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, then Warlocks, eventually became the Grateful Dead.
In the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir played rhythm and slide guitar and split vocals with Jerry Garcia. Shortly before Garcia's death in 1995, Weir had formed another band Ratdog and later joined with other former members of the Grateful Dead to tour as The Dead. Weir also accompanied original Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh in the two man travelling band Ratdog before putting prior projects on hold to perform with Weir, Jeff Chimenti, John Kadlecik, Joe Russo, Sunshine Becker and Jeff Pehrson as Furthur. Furthur, currently playing major amphitheaters across the country through the end of the year, has followed the footsteps of Grateful Deadâ€™s tour-heavy career by having been on tour for eleven months out of the year that theyâ€™ve been active.