Bob Weir & Wolf Bros Cover Marvin Gaye’s “Whats Going On” at TRI Studios Livestream
On Saturday, Apr. 24, Bob Weir & Wolf Bros performed a livestreamed concert at Weir’s TRI Studios in San Rafael, Calif. The show was streamed on FANS.live.
Weir was joined by bassist Don Was, drummer Jay Lane, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and pedal-steel guitarist Greg Leisz. Later in the show, the quintet was joined by the Wolf Pack string and horn section.
The band opened with the Grateful Dead classic “Truckin’,” followed by “Bertha.” Weir then donned an acoustic guitar for “Only a River” before inviting guitarist Matt Michna to the stage for a sit-in on “Ramble On Rose.” Michna is a student at Berklee College of Music that Weir has been mentoring for a number of years. Next came “Shade of Grey” and “West L.A. Fadeaway.” The band then delivered a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row” before closing the set with “Cassidy.”
Set two was highlighted by a sequence during which the Wolf Pack string and horn section took the stage, along with Michna’s return. The supplemented band performed “Eyes of the World,” which melted into the debut of “Big Sandy Creek.” The new tune features lyrics from Robert Hunter; Michna himself wrote the music.
“Big Sandy Creek” the morphed into Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” The last time Bob Weir performed the song was in September of 1988 at Madison Square Garden, when the Dead were joined by Hall & Oates. The cover then shifted briefly back into “Eyes.”
After the medley, the band continued to explore during “The Other One,” before cooling down with “Stella Blue.” The second frame closed with “Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad.” Weir and company opted for a fitting “One More Saturday Night” to close out the evening.
Check out the full setlist and a sneak peak at the livestream below.
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros
Apr. 24, 2021
Set I: Truckin’, Bertha, Only a River, Ramble On Rose, Shade of Grey, West L.A. Fadeaway, Desolation Row, Cassidy
Set II: Me and My Uncle, Jack Straw, New Speedway Boogie, Wharf Rat, Eyes of the World > Big Sandy Creek > What’s Going On > Eyes of the World, The Other One, Stella Blue, Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad
Enc: One More Saturday Night