Bob Weir, with his incredible abilities of rhythm guitar playing and soft voice had gained widespread success as part of the band, Grateful Dead. From the late 60s to the early 90s, Grateful Dead has had multiple Platinum and Gold records and was considered as one of the most prolific American rock bands. During his association with the band, Bob also released a few solo records besides collaborating with other artists and musicians. Ratdog, however was one of the side projects of Bob Weir which he started after the demise of the Grateful Dead in 1995.
Formation and Early Shows
In the late 80s, Bob Weir formed a musical collaboration with the famous bassist, Rob Wasserman and the duo played a number of cover songs in some of their early shows. Bob’s focus shifted after Grateful Dead disbanded and he joined Wasserman for extensive touring. Joined by two other musicians, Matthew Kelly and Jay Lane, Bob and Wasserman formed Ratdog Revue which later shortened to Ratdog. In August 1995, Ratdog performed as a complete band and hit several venues afterwards.
Bob Weir and the Ratdog gained initial success by covering a bunch of songs by the artists like Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Chuck Berry. With the passage of time, their popularity grew and they began working on their original music. Driven by Bob’s experimental guitar playing, Ratdog released their debut full length studio album, Evening Moods in 2000. The album also included the Grateful Dead’s smash hit, Corrina. The record received a warm reception from the listeners as well as the critics for its brisk music arrangements. Bob Weir and the Ratdog also gained on road success by playing their shows in different cities of the country.
Changes and Recent Happenings
The band’s second album, Live at Roseland came out in 2001 and it turned out to be equally successful. Besides earning critical acclaim, Ratdog enjoyed a great response from flocks of fans through their live shows. After 2005, Bob shifted his focus to a newly formed band which he named Further. Further was formed in 2009 as a musical collaboration between Bob and formed Grateful Dead member, Phil Lesh.
Ratdog became inactive after 2009 as Bob centered all his attention on Further and extensively toured with his newly formed group. 2013 marked the revival of the Bob Weir and the Ratdog as they released a couple of new songs. They have been hitting the road since the start of the year and will start their headlining spring concert series.
Bob Weir and the Ratdog’s spring tour will start on February 14th, 2013 and is expected to visit a number of cities in America and Canada. Bob Weir and the Ratdog tickets are in great demand as fans are all excited for the band’s first headlining tour in four years. Don’t miss the perky live performances when the band makes a stop at your town for one off their concerts.