Last Friday, Dark Star Orchestra had some special news for their Boston fans, announcing that lead guitarist/vocalist Jeff Mattson would play Jerry Garcia‘s iconic “Wolf” guitar during the band’s upcoming performance at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre. Known for recreating past Grateful Dead shows in their entirety, the long-running tribute act added extra significance to the show by replicating the Dead’s own Boston performance from November 13th, 1978, during which Garcia also played “Wolf.”
Garcia’s legendary Wolf guitar was auctioned off last June at the Brooklyn Bowl for a whopping $1.6M winning bid from Brian Halligan, the HubSpot CEO and co-author of Marketing Lessons From The Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn From The Most Iconic Band in History. The guitar was auctioned off to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center, with the previous owner matching the winning bid, making for a whopping $3.2M donation at the end of the night. The auction also served as the vehicle for an all-star performance billed as Joe Russo’s Friends With Benefits that saw Neal Casal, Scott Metzger, Tom Hamilton, and Cass McCombs all get the chance to play Wolf before it went to its new home.
However, Wolf’s new owner, Brian Halligan, is clearly generous with his recently purchased prize guitar. In the time since, he’s lent out Wolf to a number of musicians, including to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Tom Hamilton, who played it throughout a show in December. Now, you can add Dark Star Orchestra to that list.
Check out a gallery of photos from DSO’s performance at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre with Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” guitar below via photographer Kevin Cole/Old King Cole Photography.
Dark Star Orchestra’s spring run continues tonight and tomorrow at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The shows will be webcast via The Relix Channel. For a full list of the band’s busy summer of tour dates, head to their website.
Setlist: Dark Star Orchestra | Wilbur Theatre | Boston, MA | 5/10/18
Set One: Promised Land; They Love Each Other; Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues; Peggy-O; Cassidy; Tennessee Jed; Minglewood Blues; Stagger Lee; Jack Straw
Set Two: Mississippi Half Step-> Franklin’s Tower; Samson & Delilah; Friend Of The Devil; Playing In The Band-> Drums-> Black Peter-> Playin’ In The Band-> Around & Around
Encore:: U.S. Blues
Filler: White Rabbit; Werewolves Of London
Notes: Recreating Grateful Dead’s 11/13/78 show at Boston Music Hall. Jeff Mattson played Jerry Garcia’s Wolf guitar for the entire show.