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Published: 2018/03/11

Bob Weir and Phil Lesh Perform in Chicago with Guests Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams

Jay Blakesberg

Following their stints in New York City and Boston, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh made their way to the Chicago Theatre on Saturday night, performing with Dead & Company’s Jeff Chimenti as well as Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams and touring percussionist Wally Ingram.

An emotive set one started off with Phil Lesh’s ballad “Box of Rain,” and later featured the second “Cosmic Charlie” of the duo tour as well as the tour’s first “Looks Like Rain.” The set closed out with “Operator” paired with a groovy “West LA Fadeaway.”

For set two, Weir and Lesh welcomed Dead & Company keyboardist Jeff Chimenti to the stage as well as Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, who also performed during the duo’s Boston shows. The set opened with an appropriate “Playing in the Band” (the same tune that opened set two in New York, when Trey Anastasio sat-in with the duo). The quintet went acoustic for “Scarlet Begonias,” before later digging into an electric, jammy “St. Stephen”> “Dark Star” segment that eventually made its way into Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall.” Following a pensive “Bird Song,” they closed set two with a fun-filled “Sugar Magnolia.”

The band encored with “US Blues.”

Bob Weir and Phil Lesh’s duo tour ends Sunday night at the Chicago Theatre. For full Saturday setlists and set-opener videos see below:

Bob Weir & Phil Lesh
March 10, 2018
Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL

Set I: Box Of Rain^, Ramble On Rose, Cosmic Charlie, Looks Like Rain, Estimated Prophet^, Operator, West L.A. Fadeaway

all second set w/ Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams and Wally Ingram

Set II: Playing In The Band, Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain, Dark Star > St Stephen > A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall, Bird Song, Sugar Magnolia

Enc: U.S. Blues

Notes: ^with Wally Ingram


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