We would like to wish a very happy 75th birthday to Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead. For more than 50 years, Weir has been at the forefront of one of the most iconic bands in music history, stealing faces wherever he can and sending fans into the stratosphere with his nuanced playing. Weir’s style and approach to the guitar are anything like we’ve seen before, playing it more like a jazz pianist would with his beautiful harmonic phrasing and chord inversions. There will surely never be another like him again.

In honor of Weir’s birthday, let us reflect and take a look back at some classic performances by “The Kid” through the years, from his days in the Grateful Dead to Furthur, Ratdog, Fare Thee Well, and more.

“Born Cross Eyed” – The Carousel, San Francisco, CA – 2/14/68

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“That’s It For The Other One” – Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA – 11/7/69

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“The Greatest Story Ever Told” – Wembley Empire Pool, London, ENG – 4/7/72

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“Jack Straw” – Old Renaissance Faire Grounds, Veneta, OR – 8/27/72

“One More Saturday Night” – Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY – 5/8/77

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“Lazy Lightning” > “Supplication” – Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke University, Durham, NC – 4/12/78

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“Cassidy” – Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY – 10/31/80

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“Throwing Stones” > “Not Fade Away” – Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA – 12/31/85

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“Looks Like Rain” – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA – 10/3/87

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“Let It Grow” – JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, PA – 7/7/89

“Feel Like A Stranger” – Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ – 7/10/89

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“The Music Never Stopped” – Bayfront Park Amphitheater, Miami, FL – 2/5/10

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“Lost Sailor” > “Saint Of Circumstance” – Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, CA – 6/21/11

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“Mama Tried” > “Big River” – Oakdale Theater, Wallingford, CT – 4/7/12

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“Easy Answers” – House Of Blues, Boston, MA – 2/24/14

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“Estimated Prophet” – Fare Thee Well, Soldier Field, Chicago, IL – 7/5/15

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“Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire On the Mountain” – Fare Thee Well, Chicago, IL – 7/3/16

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“Bird Song” > “Miss You” w/ Trey Anastasio – Wanee Festival at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park – 4/22/17

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Dead & Company – “Estimated Prophet” – Playing In The Sand, Riviera Maya, MX – 1/16/20

Dead & Company – “Bird Song” – SPAC, Saratoga Springs, NY – 8/27/21

[Originally published 10/16/17]