Bob Weir brought his Ratdog ensemble back together for the first time in nearly two years tonight for a free webcast from the Grateful Dead / Furthur guitarist’s TRI Studios. A special version of the group featuring Steve Kimock on guitar performed two full sets that included plenty of Dead classics as well as a number of RatDog originals. Longtime bassist Robin Sylvester had to pull out of the event due to illness. Weir mentioned his comrade towards the end of the show and urged viewers to donate to his Furthur Foundation to help Sylvester with his medical bills.
[TRI Studios Screenshot]
For setbreak, the feed showed interviews with the band members that told the story of Ratdog. Towards the end of the setbreak featurette, footage of Sammy Hagar singing Loose Lucy with Ratdog, presumably from a rehearsal, was aired. Weir had his acoustic guitar strapped on when the band emerged for the second set as he led them through Peggy-O, Friend of the Devil and Corrina. A Bird Song in the middle of the closing stanza melted into a jazz-oriented “Stuff” jam that showed off the skills of saxophonists Dave Ellis and Kenny Brooks. All in all, TRI Studios gave viewers three and a half hours worth of content in pristine high-definition audio and video for free – quite the deal.
Here’s the setlist…
Set 1: The Music Never Stopped > New Minglewood Blues, Money For Gasoline > Eyes of the World, Even So > October Queen > Mississippi Half Step, Ashes and Glass
Setbreak: The Story of Ratdog featurette
Set 2: Peggy-O@, Friend of the Devil@, Corrina@, Row Jimmy, Cassidy > Bird Song > Stuff, Days Between > Two Djinn > Not Fade Away,