Aidin Vaziri | Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and bassist Phil Lesh are going back to where it all began. As the Saturday headliners for this year’s Outside Lands festival in Golden Gate Park (see Page 16), the shaggy duo’s latest project, Furthur, is revisiting a spot where their former band used to perform regularly. This concert marks the first time they have shared a stage there since the Bill Graham Memorial Concert in 1991.
Bob Weir of Furthur
Q: At Bonnaroo you were ready to jump onstage with anyone who would have you. Does that offer hold for Outside Lands?
A: Well, yeah, if I’m there. I’ll be wandering around a bit. At Bonnaroo I was like a captain there. But if anybody wants me to sit in, I’m game.
Q: Most of the bands on the bill probably weren’t around to see the Dead live. What can they learn by watching you guys perform?
A: They’re going to see how we get the job done. They’re going to see us state a theme and take it for a walk in the woods. When they see how much fun we have doing that, it might give them pause for thought. If I were playing a note-for-note set every night for all these years, I think I would have put a gun to my head. If we’re not having fun, we’re not doing our job.