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Published: 2013/06/30

Bob Weir Sits in with My Morning Jacket and Wilco in Atlanta

Photo via Wilco’s Facbeook page

Last night, Bob Weir sat in with both My Morning Jacket and Wilco at Atlanta’s Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood on the third night of the AmericanaramA tour. The Grateful Dead guitarist has sat in with Wilco at every show on the multi-generational outing and has sat in with My Morning Jacket for the past two nights of the run. So far closing act Bob Dylan has yet to interact with his tourmates onstage.

Weir opened the night with a short solo set consisting of “Hell in a Bucket,” Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” “Playin’ in the Band,” “Twilight Time,” the first verse of “The Other One” and “Standing on Shaky Ground.” The singer/guitarist qualified his decision to cover the evening’s headliner by saying, “This one’s by the gentleman closing the show tonight but since he hasn’t been playing it I will because it needs to be done.”

My Morning Jacket played next and continued to shuffle their setlist. The group opened with “The Dark,” a song from their debut The Tennessee Fire, and offered “It Beats 4 U,” “Gideon,” “Wordless Chorus,” “Phone Went West” and “Wonderful (The Way I Feel).” Then, Weir returned to the stage for My Morning Jacket’s first-known cover of “I Know You Rider,” a song long-associated with the Dead. Their segment continued with “Circuital,” the only number they’ve played every stop this tour, “Victory Dance” and “One Big Holiday.”

Once again, Wilco offered the evening’s most unique setlist. Nodding to Dylan’s long history with Woody Guthrie, the band has opened every one of their AmericanaramA shows with a song from their Mermaid Avenue collections of reworked lost Guthrie lyrics. Last night, the band kicked things off with “Airline to Heaven,” from Mermaid Avenue Vol. II. They continued with the Guthrie theme by busting into this year’s first take on “When the Roses Bloom Again,” another song from the Mermaid Avenue sessions. Later on, they performed the Sky Blue Sky song “You Are My Face” for only the second time this year.

For the third show in a row, Weir also sat in with Wilco for a few songs. He took the stage for Wilco’s first version of “Dark Star” and remained onstage as the song stretched into a 20-minute spacey and jammed out sequence that moved into “California Stars” and back into “Dark Star.” Throughout the two songs, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline—who has deep roots in the Dead scene dating back to the late ‘60s—played Duane Allman’s famed Goldtop guitar. Cline has played the classic instrument during a few recent Atlanta stops as well as with The Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon this past March. “I’m Always in Love,” “Heavy Metal Drummer,” “Dawned on Me,” “Monday” and “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” closed the set.

Bob Dylan closed the night. Unfortunately, he disappointed many fans following the tour as it unfolded online or in person by sticking mostly to his usual set. He opened with “Things Have Changed,” moved into “Love Sick” and “High Water (For Charley Patton)” and continued to stick with his usual songlist. Many suspect he’s sticking closer than usual to his set while he works in a new guitarist. The set ended with his classic “All Along the Watchtower.” He returned for the lone encore of “Ballad of a Thin Man.”

AmericanaramA will continue to Nashville, TN this evening.

Here’s a look at Bob Weir’s setlist

Bob Weir, Saturday, June 29, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA

Hell in a Bucket
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Playin’ in the Band
Twilight Time
The Other One
Standing on Shaky Ground

Here’s a look at the rest of the evening’s setlists via

My Morning Jacket, Saturday, June 29, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA

The Dark
It Beats 4 U
Wordless Chorus
Phone Went West
Wonderful (The Way I Feel)
I Know You Rider (with Bob Weir)
Victory Dance
One Big Holiday

Wilco, Saturday, June 29, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA

Airline to Heaven
When the Roses Bloom Again
Shouldn’t Be Ashamed
You Are My Face
One Sunday Morning
Art of Almost
Dark Star / California Stars / Dark Star (with Bob Weir)
I’m Always in Love
Heavy Metal Drummer
Dawned on Me
Outtasite (Outta Mind)

Bob Dylan, Saturday, June 29, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA

Things Have Changed
Love Sick
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Soon After Midnight
Early Roman Kings
Tangled Up In Blue
Duquesne Whistle
She Belongs To Me
Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Blind Willie McTell
Simple Twist Of Fate
Summer Days
All Along the Watchtower

Ballad of a Thin Man


There are 11 comments associated with this post

TrippEd June 30, 2013, 10:53:48

I thought the second song of the Wilco set was titled, Blood of the Lamb, off Mermaid Ave Vol. II.

Tostonesfix June 30, 2013, 11:04:52

Bob Dylan has been playing the same set list night after night going on two years now.

BigDad June 30, 2013, 12:09:34

Dylan’s encore was Ballad of A Thin Man.

Allison June 30, 2013, 15:26:22

Dylan also performed “A Simple Twist of Fate.”

cliff cranford June 30, 2013, 16:47:32

Weir with MMJ the highlight for me-low point: entire Dylan set-could not understand a word, like going to a Shakespeare play and all you get is mumbling

Lowspark June 30, 2013, 17:29:01

One of the greatest shows I’ve ever witnessed. Having seen all these acts many many times I can honestly say each one put on fantastic shows for their respected bands. Of course Weir set a very “dead-ish” tone for the evening which played well with the beautiful georgia weather. Also notices a large percentage of the audience were deadheads.

Jason June 30, 2013, 19:45:38

Agree with above poster in regards to Dylan’s set- could not understand anything he was saying. Case in point, Tangled Up in Blue- despite the chorus proclaiming the song as such, I literally could not decipher it, despite being a big Dylan fan, and someone who has seen him before. The highlight of the show was obviously the Dark Star-> California Stars -> Dark Star with Wilco and Weir. I Know You Rider with MMJ and Weir was second best part of the night. Overall I thought MMJ had the best set of anyone on the bill.

J July 1, 2013, 10:28:31

The entire show was taped, just not openly. There were at least 2 sources that I am aware of.

doc July 1, 2013, 01:42:45

was backstage as dylan was coming on…were whisked away by security, told to hide in between tour buses…dylan came out of the bus they put us by, but we were told “not to make eye contact.” was truly bizarre and it seemed as if the president was coming through…but an interesting experience.

Tapers Unite July 1, 2013, 09:37:30

What was the recording scene like?

Kevin Collins July 4, 2013, 13:46:42

Here is the link to Wilco and Bobby doin dark star->california stars-> dark star

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