Last night was the second of two The RatDog Quartet performances at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, Calif. Before this new version of RatDog took the stage, which features Bob Weir, Jonathan Wilson, Robin Sylvester, Jay Lane and sometimes guest Jason Crosby, the evening started off with an acoustic performance by Jonathan Wilson followed by a Bob Weir acoustic set. Weir battled with a bunch of talkers throughout his set telling them “Hey, I’m not interrupting you am I?” He finally gave up during a cover of Bob Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall. Bobby left the stage in the middle of the song after issuing an evil glare and telling the crowd he’d be back with his electric band.
[Image via mossismyrice on Ratdog.org]
When Weir returned with his RatDog Quartet in tow, he told the crowd “It’s okay, we’re not going to try to do anything particularly delicate now,” before launching into Friend of the Devil. The RatDog Quartet set included the first RatDog version of Fire On The Mountain which was sung by Jonathan Wilson. Wilson also sang on a cover of Sing Me Back Home, another RatDog debut. Jason Crosby, who sat in with Weir during his acoustic set, guested with RatDog for the majority of the set.
Watch Bobby’s performance of Hard Rain followed by the walk off…
The RatDog Quartet
3/4/2013 Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, CA
(Bob Weir) Twilight Time, Jack Straw, Artificial Flowers, When I Paint My Masterpiece*, Black-Throated Wind > Loose Lucy, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall* (aborted)
(Bob Weir, Jay Lane, Robin Sylvester, and Jonathan Wilson) Friend of the Devil, Deep Elem Blues, Dark Star*> El Paso* > Sing Me Back Home* > Dark Star* > Come Together* > Fire on the Mountain*, I Know You Rider*
Encore: Knockin on Heaven’s Door*
*-w/ Jason Crosby (fiddle); “Hard Rain” was aborted due to the crowd; Bob before “FOTD”: “It’s okay, we’re not going to try to do anything particularly delicate now”
Jonathan Wilson opened
Weir showed his continued disdain at the talkers who wouldn’t stop yapping later in the night when he yelled “Shut The Fuck Up!” during the Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door encore.
[Bob Weir Death Stare]
Annoying talkers at shows are a problem at concerts across the country, but we figured an intimate show by a band that rarely plays which took place at a venue owned the performer would be immune to such obnoxiousness. Guess not. Bob Weir and RatDog will play two shows at the Peach Music Fest in August.
[Setlist and Reports via RatDog.org + Knockin’ Vid Tip From Barqshasbite]