Bob Weir

  • American musician
  • Born October 16, 1947

Robert Hall Weir ( WEER; born October 16, 1947) is an American musician and songwriter best known as a founding member of the rock band Grateful Dead. After the Grateful Dead disbanded in 1995, Weir performed with The Other Ones, later known as The Dead, together with other former members of the Grateful Dead. Weir also founded and played in several other bands during and after his career with the Grateful Dead, including Kingfish, the Bob Weir Band, Bobby and the Midnites, Scaring the Children, RatDog, and Furthur which he co-led with former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh.

Obviously I believe in reincarnation and all that kind of stuff - I don't think anyone's going to be surprised to hear that.

I don't know if I discovered I had any talent. It was dogged persistence. I had to have the music.

I'm looking forward to some more solo acoustic dates. That's a lot of fun for me, because I get to be alone with the song. And I get to hear every little nuance; if my instrument does something that I wasn't expecting, I get to chase that. Chase that down a little bit.

We wanted to establish a new fan base over here. And second, we wanted to challenge ourselves. We wanted to bring what is ostensibly new music to fresh ears and see what lights them up.

They're protecting an archaic industry. They should turn their attention to new models.

The same song on a different day was a different song.

I have always had a certain aversion to heat. And for me, the name of the game on the stage is 'beat the heat.' It's always July under the lights.

The Grateful Dead played for three hours on a given night, plus sound check.

I don't believe in death.

I was gifted with a life that was full of adventure. I've always believed, if you're gifted, that it's incumbent not to think about giving something back.

Songs go through cycles for me. And sometimes I lose my passion for some of them.

What I like best about music is when time goes away.

Looking back, I guess I've lived an unusual life.

I think if people value democracy, they had damn well better get out and exercise their right to vote while their vote still means something.