Bob Weir and Wolf Bros rock a sold out Warner Theatre on Nov. 12, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)
Over the summer, Bob Weir, most famous as a founding member of the Grateful Dead, formed a new trio with legendary musician and producer Don Was on upright bass and former Primus drummer Jay Lane on drums. Over the trio’s inaugural tour, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros have been playing a mix of Grateful Dead tunes covers, and a few newer songs. And on a messy, rainy Monday, Bob and company brought a healthy dose of sun to the Warner Theatre.
Terrence Higgins, Warren Haynes, and Don Was jam to the music of The Band at MGM National Harbor on Feb. 4, 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
When I first heard of the concept, I scratched my head a little bit. Warren Haynes of Southern rock band Gov’t Mule teamed up with funk musician and producer Don Was to assemble a group of musicians to recreate the setlist of The Last Waltz, the concert film that captured the last performance of The Band.
The Last Waltz 40 band with Michael McDonald (left) performing at Jazz Fest in New Orleans on April 30, 2016. (Photo by Joshua Timmermans)
The Band performed its farewell show on Nov. 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, and company had worked with Bob Dylan, and Dylan and other special guests appeared during that final concert to jam along with The Band.