Current Issue Details

Buy Current Issue


Published: 2014/02/15

RatDog Debut Temptations Cover at Tour Opener

Bob Weir & RatDog kicked off their first full tour since 2009 last night at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA. The show featured a number of Grateful Dead classics, as well as some Weir originals and covers, including the band’s first ever take on The Temptations’ “Shakey Ground.” Weir started covering the song with Furthur in 2013 and, like last night, always paired the Temptations number with “The Music Never Stopped.”

The “Shakey Ground” debut came early in the first set, and was followed by “Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” and Weir’s own “Easy Answers.” The set closed out with takes on the “Weather Report Suite Prelude” and “Let It Grow.” The second set also included a number of Grateful Dead staples like “Friend of the Devil,” “Peggy-O,” “Playin in the Band,” and “Eyes of the World,” as well as RatDog’s “Two Djinn.” The show then wrapped up with a “Ripple” encore.

Bob Weir and RatDog will continue their tour tonight with a second show at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA.

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via our Box Scores page

Friday, February 14, 2014, RatDog, Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA

Set I: The Music Never Stopped > Shakey Ground* > Maggie’s Farm > Easy Answers, Bird Song > Cassidy, Weather Report Suite Prelude/Part 1 > Let It Grow

Set II: Friend of the Devil > Peggy-O, Looks Like Rain, Playin in the Band > Eyes of the World > Standing on the Moon > Two Djinn > Not Fade Away

Enc: Ripple

Notes: *Debut



There are 12 comments associated with this post

Tela February 15, 2014, 14:39:12

I’m not gunna work on maggie’s farm no more! Sweet set list!

Friend February 15, 2014, 14:45:22

Sorry but so far from what I have listened to, here and other sources, slow, slow and just almost awful!

joe February 15, 2014, 14:52:29

headin to the show tonight. don’t tell me this town aint got no heart.

Anonymous February 15, 2014, 15:13:49

Hard to call “Shakey Ground” a true bust out, as Bobby has played it with Furthur (in the exact same spot in the middle of “Music Never Stopped”) multiple times.

Bryan Dewey February 15, 2014, 16:11:47

Show was sooooo soooo terrible. I’d be completely embarrassed to be Jay Lane or Jeff Chimenti right now, or any of their friends. Bobby needs someone to rein him in, but clearly no one in this unit will. Kudos to Wasserman for trying though. Lane was just pathetic. A Wasserman/Weir stripped down acoustic show would have probably been much better

Otter February 15, 2014, 17:59:37

Jambands once again gets it wrong. No debut. March 2013 at Sweetwater Music Hall – Rat Dog Quartet. Shakey Grounds played. Yes Jambands, you do need to say more!

Stewy February 15, 2014, 19:04:47

Bob Weir, as always, continues to keep the music fresh and interesting no matter how “old” the songs are. I look forward to seeing Ratdog in Buffalo and various points thereafter. “Dead” music is for lovers of live music and not necessarily for lovers of cookie-cutter renditions of what’s already been done. Thank you, Bobby!

Bobby February 16, 2014, 08:56:28

Woohoo! Dewey and Friend = no cred. Slow? That’s been the dog’s mantra. Terrible? Well that’s just silly.

John February 16, 2014, 10:10:27

No surprises, this video tells it all. The slow pace and vocal phrasing are still a mess. Bobby is on double secret probation with me and I have not seen him in close to two years. Ratdog was a big step backwards, can’t bring myself to even go to there Boston show which is local for me.

wookinthephart February 17, 2014, 20:38:29

Embarrassed to be Jay Lane or Jeff Chementi? For fucks sake those guys are really good players, perhaps some of the best the Dead scene have ever seen! Id be embarrassed to be Bob. He kicked Jay Lanes drums according to what Jay says himself on the you tubes. Bobs awful lucky to be able to play with the people he has over the years and really he should know that he’s outclassed on stage with someone like Jay Lane and show some respect for first class musicianship…not kick instruments. But we love his crazy old ass anyway don’t we? I always thought the GD were on to something good in years past* stretching out jams on Motown tunes and I’m happy to hear new ones any time. Got any Stevie Wonder tunes Bob? *I post so hard i got footnotes with links;

the highway terror February 25, 2014, 02:28:18

God! I hate Bobby Bashing Morons!!
Go hang out at a Phish show or something Losers !

hot prospect February 26, 2014, 20:07:53

Hang at phish shows like Phil and his sons?

Note: It may take a moment for your post to appear

(required) (required, not public)