Aidin Vaziri | As one of the main vocalists and front men with the Grateful Dead and the group’s various offshoots, Bob Weir has probably spent more time in Shoreline Amphitheatre than any other artist. On Friday and Saturday, he’ll be back there with longtime colleague Phil Lesh and their band Furthur. Weir reflected on his history with the venue recently at his Mill Valley home.
Q: How did the Grateful Dead go from playing Golden Gate Park to a former landfill?
A: It was a long circuitous route from Golden Gate Park to Shoreline. There were thousands of shows in between.
Q: What do you remember about your first show there?
A: I remember one of the problems they were having way back when was that there were a lot of methane leaks out there. They stuck a bunch of pipes in the ground and burned it off. I imagine they still have to do that every now and again.