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Published: 2014/01/06

Bob Weir and Bruce Hornsby Salute The Everly Brothers

Photo by Donald Wanamaker

On Saturday night, Bob Weir and Bruce Hornsby paid tribute to Everly Brothers singer Phil Everly, who passed away on Friday, during a benefit performance. The collaboration took place at Walnut Creek, CA’s Lesher Regional Center for the Arts as part of Stars to the Rescue XXIII. The 23rd annual event helps save dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters.

Hornsby kicked off his set with “Preacher in the Ring” and ran through of mix of material, including “20/20 Vision,” “Night on the Town,” “Hooray for Tom & Tony” and “The Way It Is.” For his first public performance since October, Weir offered a solo set that included “Hell in a Bucket,” “Black-Throated Wind,” “Peggy-O,” “Loose Lucy” and “Easy to Slip.”

At the end of the night, Weir and Hornsby returned and collaborated on two Everly Brothers-associated classics, “All I Have to Do is Dream” and “Wake Up Little Susie.” The Grateful Dead performed both songs early in their career: The group tackled “All I Have to Do is Dream” once on June 11, 1969 at a concert billed as Bobby Ace And The Cards From The Bottom Of The Deck (which featured Weir, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Tom Constanten with David Nelson, John Dawson and Peter Grant), and they regularly covered “Wake Up Little Susie” during their acoustic sets in 1970.

Bob Weir & RatDog will kick off their first tour since 2009 in Upper Darby, PA on February 14.


There are 5 comments associated with this post

KingPin January 6, 2014, 14:42:21

I was at this show, and wanted to share my observations. Tony La Russa, the Founder of ARF said while introducing Bob and Bruce, in the 23 years ARF has put on these shows, Hornsby and Weir was their biggest demand because essentially, they were from “The Dead”. To give you an idea of what this means, past performances included the Eagles and Robin Williams, and others.   Hornsby, came out alone first and performed his songs and was awesome. In the middle of his improv he performed a piece by J.S Bach – I believe it was from the French Suites. Excellent stuff. Weir comes out after him to perform his set of songs. People were leaving while he was playing! after the first song. It was probably even a little embarrassing because every performer before him was incredible. It’s my opinion he shouldn’t be playing acoustic guitar alone. He was a very sloppy player. He forgot some song verses a couple of times. Simply put, he was not on par with the other performers. Respectively Hornsby and Weir closed the show together with two Phil Everly tunes. Dream Dream Dream and Wake Up Little Suzie. That was it. No dead tunes in common.  The stage setup for Weir was interesting. Regardless that both his Alveraz and Ibanez guitars were already setup for him, he came out with a brand new Taylor he discovered back stage! He came out and situated himself on a stool, and had only a few words. Keep in mind, everyone else in the evening took some time out to engage the audience between songs. He overplayed his songs with long outros “HAAA.”..for minutes on end, and overplayed the acoustic, attacking the strings. Not a clean player at all. I kept asking myself, why not go with your own tried and true instruments already setup and ready to go? As a long time Dead Head since the mid 70’s, and loving Furthur very much, Bob is most significant in the context of a larger band. But not as a solo musician. Peace

TellsemlikeIsmellsem!!!!!! January 6, 2014, 14:50:37

hornsby’s solo set absolutely killed it…. bob’s set was a sleeper and he forgot words in 4 out of 5 songs he played…. every time it happened he looked up at the ceiling like something was dripping on his head….... the collaboration was nothing to write home about with no solos to be seen anywhere…. wonder why they had hornsby open for bob weir solo acoustic?... horrible…. but then again, an elton john/ billy joel casino lounge cover pianist opened for hornsby, and a band full of dudes in kilts before that… weird show all together.

Joe January 7, 2014, 20:13:29

Was at the show and sadly agree with both reviews above. 2 Everly Brothers songs was Nostalgic, but people came to see Hornsby and Weir collaborate on Dead Tunes. I am a huge Hornsby fan who used to Stalk him. The last 5 years his sets have gotten repetitive and he seems to mail it in, nothing really fresh about it.
Bobby, we all know he is on the early onset Parkinson’s train, but with limited time they should have scraped the solo sets and just played together.
With the impending Hornsby/Weir Tour later this year, I will be running for the exits.
Sadly disappointed.

RST January 7, 2014, 21:03:56

Still waiting for someone to post videos from the two Everly Brothers songs. Also, gotta train yourselves to keep the expectations a li’l lower at benefit shows. It’s about the cause, not the most rabid and expectation’y fans.

Stew January 12, 2014, 16:38:15

Hey Joe, What a cheap shot about Bob’s health! you fuckin dirtbag! Even if it’s true, it’s not up to you to speculate about such a personnel problem about another human being…........Bob has a wife, children, you are such a fuckin troll!!

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