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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.
By United Press International

Bob Weir cancels tour date after collapsing

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., May 1 (UPI) -- The Grateful Dead offshoot Furthur canceled a tour date after singer-songwriter-guitarist Bob Weir was unable to finish a concert in suburban New York City.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.
By United Press International
The Dead to rise for tour this spring

The Dead to rise for tour this spring

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The surviving members of the iconic rock group the Grateful Dead have announced plans to embark on their first U.S. concert tour in five years.
Obama resurrects the Dead for one night

Obama resurrects the Dead for one night

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The surviving members of the rock band the Grateful Dead have announced plans to perform a benefit concert for U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Grateful Dead may perform gig for Obama

Grateful Dead may perform gig for Obama

CHICAGO, July 3 (UPI) -- Mickey Hart said he and two other surviving members of the Grateful Dead may reunite for a concert to support U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

Stanhope House in N.J. to close

STANHOPE, N.J., June 2 (UPI) -- The Stanhope House, a popular northern New Jersey venue for blues and rock music, is about to close its doors, its Web site has disclosed.

The almanac

UPI almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007.
By United Press International

Dead to get Sirius airtime

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Grateful Dead critics said the U.S. band was out there; soon it really will be since Sirius Satellite Radio said it would launch a channel devoted to the group.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Monday, Oct. 16, 2006.
By United Press International

Lawrence 'Ramrod' Shurtliff dead at 61

SAN FRANCISCO, May 18 (UPI) -- Grateful Dead crew member, Lawrence "Ramrod" Shurtliff, described by Bob Weir as "our rock," has died in Petaluma, Calif., at age 61.

Grateful Dead cuts kills sharing network

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A large part of Deadhead culture has always been the exchange of Grateful Dead "bootleg" recordings, a practice the band encouraged and endorsed -- until now.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2005 with 76 to follow.
By United Press International

Bonnaroo Festival is all about the music

MANCHESTER, Tenn., June 9 (UPI) -- Rocker Dave Matthews says music is the key to the success of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.
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Bob Weir (born Robert Hall Weir, October 16, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, most recognized as a founding member of the Grateful Dead. After the Grateful Dead disbanded, Weir performed with The Other Ones, later known as The Dead, together with other former members of the Grateful Dead. Weir also founded and played in several other bands during and after his career with the Grateful Dead, including Kingfish, the Bob Weir Band, Bobby and the Midnites, RatDog, and his newest band Furthur.

Weir played mostly rhythm guitar during his career with the Grateful Dead. He is known for his unique style of complex voiceleading, bringing unusual depth and a new approach to the role of rhythm guitar expression.

Weir was born in San Francisco, California and raised by his adoptive parents in the suburb of Atherton. He began playing guitar at age thirteen after less successful experimentation with the piano and the trumpet. He had trouble in school because of undiagnosed dyslexia and he was expelled from nearly every school he attended, including Menlo Atherton High School in Atherton. One of these was the Fountain Valley School in Colorado, where, during the ’63 Spring term, he was trained for a career in music by his headmaster-assigned guidance counselor and roommate Chalmers “Chip” Wood, who later deeded him John Perry Barlow as a stop-gap mentor. John Perry Barlow, along with Robert Hunter, would in time become the two main lyricists for the Grateful Dead. On New Year's Eve, 1963, 16-year-old Weir and another underage friend were wandering the back alleys of Palo Alto, looking for a club that would admit them, when they heard banjo music. They followed the music to its source, Dana Morgan's Music Store. Here, a young Jerry Garcia, oblivious to the date, was waiting for his students to arrive. Weir and Garcia spent the night playing music together and then decided to form a band. The Beatles significantly influenced their musical direction. "The Beatles were why we turned from a jug band into a rock 'n' roll band," said Bob Weir. "What we saw them doing was impossibly attractive. I couldn't think of anything else more worth doing" Originally called Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, the band was later renamed The Warlocks and eventually the Grateful Dead.

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