On Saturday night, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros completed their early-2019 tour with a performance at North Charleston Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, SC. Even at the tail end of their tour, the Grateful Dead guitarist and his Wolf brethren continued to add new songs to their ever-growing repertoire.
The performance began with a rousing rendition of “Bertha” followed by Bob Weir/Rob Wasserman collab “The Winners” and Marty Robbins‘ “El Paso”. Next up came the biggest surprise of the evening, an extended cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Desolation Row”. While Bob Weir and Wolf Bros frequently incorporate Dylan tunes into their setlists, this performance marked their first-ever attempt at “Desolation Row”. This also marked Weir’s first live performance of the song since he played it with RatDog more than five years ago at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY on 3/4/14.
The set continued with Blue Mountain solo track “Lay My Lily Down” before rounding out with a trio of Grateful Dead favorites in “Passenger”, “Wharf Rat”, and “Deal”.
Weir, Jay Lane, and Don Was returned to the stage for their second set with a Weir/John Barlow classic, “The Music Never Stopped”. As they’ve made a habit of doing in recent performances, Weir and company steered the song into “Easy Answers” before returning to “The Music Never Stopped” territory for a brief reprise. Next, Weir’s go-to pairing of “Lost Sailor” and “Saint of Circumstance” kicked off a seamlessly segued segment that would last the remainder of the set, moving through “He’s Gone”, “The Other One”, and “Days Between” before finishing strong with “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider”. Finally, to round out the show (and the tour), Weir, Lane, and Was returned for their encore with the Wolf Bros debut of the Dead’s In The Dark (1987) cut, “Black Muddy River”.
You can listen to a full audience audio recording of the show below:
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – 3/30/19 – Full Audio
[Taped by Chris Davis, George and Morgan]
Next up for Bob Weir and Wolf Bros is a performance at the inaugural BeachLife Festival on May 3rd. From there, Weir will link back up with Dead & Company for the Grateful Dead spinoff’s highly anticipated 2019 summer tour. For a full list of Weir’s various upcoming dates, head here.
Setlist: Bob Weir and Wolf Bros | North Charleston Performing Arts Center | North Charleston, SC | 3/30/19
Set One: Bertha, The Winners, El Paso, Desolation Row, Lay My Lily Down, Passenger > Wharf Rat > Deal
Set Two: The Music Never Stopped > Easy Answers > The Music Never Stopped (Reprise), Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance > He’s Gone > The Other One > Days Between > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider
Encore: Black Muddy River