Today’s Question: Grateful Dead singer and guitarist Bob Weir celebrates his 70th birthday today (October 16th). Weir has played in a number of post-Grateful Dead groups with one or more of his former bandmates. Can you name one that only had two ex-Grateful Dead members in it?
Stumped? Here are a few hints.
- The band lasted five years — from 2009 through 2014.
- It was named after a bus that had both literary and musical connections.
- The other Grateful Dead member in it was bassist Phil Lesh.
2008-Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel co-headline a fundraiser for presidential candidate Barack Obama at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.
1999-David Bowie is made a Commander of Arts and Literature in France.
1992-Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, John Mellencamp, George Harrison are among the stars at a Bob Dylan tribute concert at Madison Square Garden. Sinead O’Connor is booed off by a crowd angry that she had torn up a photo of The Pope on Saturday Night Live two weeks earlier.
1979-Fleetwood Mac releases Tusk, the follow-up to the hugely successful Rumours.
1972-Creedence Clearwater Revival announce that the band has broken up. The first rift had occurred a year earlier, when guitarist Tom Fogerty quit.
1971-John Lennon and Yoko Ono settle in New York, moving into an apartment owned by Lovin’ Spoonful drummer Joe Butler at 105 Bank Street in Greenwich Village.
1966-Replacing Signe Anderson, who left to have a baby, Grace Slick does her first show with Jefferson Airplane, at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1964-19 year old Rod Stewart releases his first solo single in the U.K. It’s a cover of the Sonny Boy Williamson (the First) blues classic “Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl.” The bass player on it is future Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones.
Flea (Michael Balzary) – 55 years old
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist. Born 1962.
Bob Weir – 70 years old
The singer-guitarist co-founded The Grateful Dead. Since that band ended, he has carried on in The Dead, Ratdog and Furthur. Born 1947.
C.F. “Fred” Turner – 74 years old
He’s the bassist in Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the Canadian band that hit number-one in the U.S. with the stuttering “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.” Though “Taking Care of Business” didn’t chart as high, it’s their best-known song and has been used in numerous radio and TV commercials. Turner bought the rights to the group name from Randy Bachman and led a version of it for a while. Recently, they worked together as Bachman & Turner. Born 1943.