October 16, 1947 (76)
Bob Weir is an American musician and songwriter, best known as a founding member of the rock band Grateful Dead. As a rhythm guitarist, he played a crucial role in the band’s success from 1965 until its disbandment in 1995. Weir is also recognized for his work with other bands, including RatDog and Dead & Company.
In addition to his work with Grateful Dead, Weir’s career includes significant roles in various other musical projects. He founded and performed with RatDog, a band that blended rock, blues, and jazz influences. Weir also joined members of the Grateful Dead in the band Dead & Company, touring extensively. His solo career is marked by albums like “Ace” (1972) and “Blue Mountain” (2016).
Weir’s career is distinguished by collaborations with numerous artists. He has worked with fellow Grateful Dead members Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, and Mickey Hart, among others. His collaborations extend beyond the Grateful Dead, including working with musicians such as John Mayer in Dead & Company and Rob Wasserman in RatDog.
Weir’s contributions to music have been recognized with various awards and honors. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Grateful Dead in 1994. His legacy in music is further cemented by the Lifetime Achievement Award he received at the 2016 Americana Honors & Awards.