Bob Weir Sits in with Willie Nelson, Longtime Nelson Guitarist Jody Payne Passes Away
Bob Weir continued to make the most of his time at home between dates with Furthur and RatDog. Yesterday Weir made a surprise appearance with Willie Nelson & Family during their performance at San Francisco, CA’s Outside Lands festival. The Grateful Dead co-founder sang with Nelson on “Jambalaya” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” Unlike his usual sit ins, Weir opted to take the stage without his guitar. As previously reported, he also sat in with The National on Friday night. (_Full House_ star John Stamos also joined Weir and Nelson for “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”)
Nelson has performed with Weir numerous times over the years and toured with The Dead. His son Lukas—who plays in his Family Band—has also been a regular guest at Weir’s TRI Studios. (Weir hopes to do a formal tour with the younger Nelson.) In related news, guitarist Jody Payne, a member of Nelson’s band for over 30 years, passed away this weekend from cardiac problems. He was 77. Payne retired from Nelson’s band in 2008 due to his health problems.