Last night, Bob Weir & Wolf Bros made a stop at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theatre, following a two-night run at Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel. Weir worked through a number of Grateful Dead, Ratdog, and Bob Dylan tunes, while also inviting up a special guest to assist on bass.
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros opened up the first set with “Hell In A Bucket”, before working through solid takes of “Mama Tried” and “Tennessee Jed”. Bob Weir appears to be on his “A” game this opening week of Wolf Bros inaugural tour, leading bandmates Don Was and Jay Lane with precision and infectious energy. Next, Wolf Bros worked through a pair of Ratdog tunes, “Even So” and “October Queen”, before dishing out the first Bob Dylan cover of the evening, “When I Paint My Masterpiece”. “Peggy-O” led way to a rocking rendition of “Deal”, with Weir nailing the Jerry Garcia tune’s lead vocals.
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros – “Deal” 10/20/2018
[Video: Rich Saputo]
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros returned, opening up the second set with “Good Morning, School Girl”, before throwing a curveball with a cover of Donovan’s 1966 hit “Sunshine Superman”. Next, Weir and company rolled through a dark and psychedelic rendition of “Dark Star”, before moving into another beloved Ratdog tune, “Two Djinn”.
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros – “Sunshine Superman” – 10/20/2018
[Video: Rich Saputo]
Bob Weir then invited up Australian bassist Tal Wilkenfeld to help out on another Bob Dylan cover, “All Along The Watchtower”. With two basses on stage, the four-piece added a sweet touch to the classic Dylan tune, as Wilkenfeld intently followed Weir’s every move. The second set’s final segment featured a roaring rendition of Weir’s “Throwing Stones”, before wrapping things up with “Days Between” and “Not Fade Away”. “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”, the third and final Bob Dylan cover of the evening, served as the show’s encore, as Bob Weir & Wolf Bros invited Wilkenfeld back onstage to assist the trio on the tune.
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros – “Throwing Stones” > “Days Between” > “Not Fade Away” – 10/20/2018
[Video: Chris Rhine]
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros’ maiden voyage continues Tuesday, October 22nd at Portland, Oregon’s Keller Auditorium. For a full list of upcoming dates, see below. For more information on the Bob Weir and Wolf Bros tour, head to Weir’s website.
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros Upcoming Tour Dates
10/22 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
10/23 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
10/24 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre
10/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Eccles Theater
10/27 – Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center
10/29 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
10/31 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
11/1 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
11/5 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11/6 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
11/8 – Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre
11/9 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
11/10 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
11/12 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
11/13 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
11/15 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre
11/16 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre
11/18 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
11/19 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Setlist: Bob Weir & Wolf Bros | Arlington Theatre | Santa Barbara, CA | 10/20/2018
Set One: Hell in a Bucket, Mama Tried, Tennessee Jed, Even So, October Queen, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Peggy-O, Deal
Set Two: Good Morning, School Girl, Sunshine Superman, Dark Star, Two Djinn, All Along the Watchtower, Throwing Stones, Days Between, Not Fade Away
Encore: It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue