Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir Makes Crowd Sing Happy Birthday to John Mayer
« Happy birthday, dear Johnboy! »
Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir paid a special tribute to Dead & Company band member John Mayer on his 45th birthday.
Weir, 75, who was on tour with his band Bob Weir & the Wolf Bros, was playing at Warfield in San Francisco, Calif., 10 minutes from Iconic Ashbury Street, where the Grateful Dead were founded 67 years ago year.
« Well, what we’re going to have to do is everybody, Everybodyto help me out on this one,” Weir told the crowd, “We’re going to sing Happy Birthday to a guy named John Mayer.
The crowd erupted in cheers upon hearing Mayers’ name, followed by a heartfelt happy birthday chant that sent the room shaking.
In 2015, Mayer joined Dead & Company, filling the role of rock music icon Jerry Garcia, who died in 1994.
Mayer, who was friends with Weir before joining the resurrected jam band, was asked to join the band as lead guitarist and vocalist when Mayer was looking for something different in his musical career.
« When the music of the Grateful Dead found me, it was the perfect moment, » Mayer said in a 2016 interview with CBS Sunday Morning, « For me, [Grateful Deads music] revived the color of music.
Dead & Company was formed by three of the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir, and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart.
The band also includes bassist Oteil Burbidge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.
Since 2015, the band has held an annual summer tour, playing major venues like Citi Field, Wrigley Field and Oracle Park, which are packed with Deadheads.
In September, the band announced on their social media page that the 2023 tour would be their final as a group.
Tickets for the band’s latest tour went on sale last Friday.