Bob Weir is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and founding member of the Grateful Dead. While still a teenager, he encountered Jerry Garcia playing guitar at a music store; he sat down...More
Bob Weir is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and founding member of the Grateful Dead. While still a teenager, he encountered Jerry Garcia playing guitar at a music store; he sat down and played some songs with Garcia and the pair decided to form a band together. Over the course of the Dead's thirty years, Weir played rhythm guitar, sang a significant portion of the band's non-Garcia lead vocals, and experimented with slide guitar. He released his first solo LP,Ace, in 1972. The other members of the Dead served as his backing band. Six years later, he released his sophomore solo album, Heaven Help the Fool. His next solo album came almost four decades later; Blue Mountain was released in 2016.
After the Grateful Dead disbanded in 1995, Weir began performing with his bandmates as The Other Ones. This group would go on to assume the moniker of The Dead. He has been a founding member of many bands throughout his career, including Kingfish, Further, RatDog, Bob Weir Band, Bobby and the Midnites, and Scaring the Children. In addition to his solo work, he currently performs with Dead & Company, which features his longtime Dead bandmates Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann along with John Mayer. Weir was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.