Since Jerry’s passing Bob Weir has always had his hands on a musical project or two. If an individual has attended a Dead and Company show recently chances are they’ve seen the Weirwolf’s wild eyes dedicated as ever to delivering the music that blankets Deadhead’s lives with a sunshine glow. Today, August 9, 2018, is the culmination of the “Days Between”, and twenty third anniversary of the passing of Weir’s friend, and our friend, Jerry. Although it is true there is a missing hole inside the hearts of every Deadhead without Jerry, it is nonetheless true Weir’s passion for the music and catalog of the Grateful Dead has delivered news of summer daydreams and tie dyed bazaars to the masses, and even new generations of Deadheads, since Jerry’s passing.
One year after Jerry’s passing Robert Hunter recalled how Weir was hit by Jerry’s passing,
“In retrospect, I think Weir was hardest hit of the old crowd by your death. I take these things in my stride, though I admit to a rough patch here and there. But Bob took it right on the chin. Shock was written all over his face for a long time, for any with eyes to see”
They say time heals everything but I think anyone who has seen Weir perform, “Days Between”, will agree that the air is still fervently heavy. Nonetheless, the lyrics of Robert Hunter and John Barlow resonate even heavier at times with Weir looking both chronologically backwards and forwards as he sings the songs we all love and cherish. The spirit of Garcia’s music is alive and well and we have many to thank for this but Weir is by no doubt one of the biggest pioneers. From a couple of folk born a bit too late for Jerry and looking toward the future to Dead and Company here’s our picks for top 3 Weir moments in Dead and Company..
1) Days Between Boulder, CO Dead and Company 7/14/2018
The candor on Weir’s face tells a story of true friendship and golden hearted memories. A pin could be heard dropping in the area of the stadium I was standing in. As I looked around the Boulder night I saw multiple generations all awestruck. Haunting and beautiful Weir’s take on, “Days Between”, this night is one for the ages.
2) Terrapin Station Boston, MA Dead and Company 7/15/2016
Dead and Company bended the minds of an entire stadium as they took Fenway Park for the first time in 2016. Night one of their two night run featured a monolithic second set with, “St. Stephen > Dark Star > Terrapin Station”. As if the tie dyed crowd wasn’t floored enough the boys came back out of space into a “Terrapin reprise” which blended into a thunderous “Morning Dew”.
3) Standing on The Moon Alpine Valley, WI Dead and Company 6/23/18
The Dead, with their absence of dogma, have always allowed an individual the ability to interpret their songs as they see fit. For many, including myself, “Standing on the Moon”, holds to be one of the most emotional songs to pull on my heart strings. After the dust was cleared after, “All Along the Watchtower”, Weir pulled everyone back into solemn reality with the classic Jerry ballad. Every strike on Weir’s guitar was given with earnest truth.
What are some of your favorite Dead and Company Weir moments? Or Ratdog, Furthur.. Anything! Tell us with #SMRTraveled. As we look back at our friend Jerry today let us celebrate the future and the present we are blessed with thanks to Weir.