Nov. 21, 2022 – Still, in the nearly 30 years since Garcia’s death, Weir, who recently turned 75, has taken on the task of shepherding the Grateful Dead’s music and the fan base into the 21st century — just on his own terms and in his own way. With John Mayer, as well as original drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, he leads Dead & Company, the stadium-filling group that picks up where the Grateful Dead left off in 1995 in terms of psychedelic bombast and extensive group improvisation. In 2018, Weir founded Wolf Bros, a more nimble quartet with keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, bassist/producer Don Was and drummer Jay Lane that operates like a country pickup band with the sensibilities of a jazz combo. But what Weir seems most excited about is a collaboration with composer/arranger Giancarlo Aquilanti to orchestrate the music of the Grateful Dead, which debuted this October at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra.


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