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DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

Phish is set to treat its fans with a reunion after a two-year break during which various members did a lot of playing with a variety of other musicians.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

The Rolling Stones will headline one of the hottest shows on their "Forty Licks" tour Saturday, also featuring John Mellencamp and Robin Williams, but you can't get in unless you know Texas billionaire David Bonderman, a founding partner of buyout special
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Feature: Grateful Dead lives

The Grateful Dead has been gone since guitarist Jerry Garcia passed away in 1995. But its music, its sales and its members remain very much alive and seemingly
GARY GRAFF

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2002 with 76 to follow.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Nico of the Velvet Underground, who was born in 1938; Bachman-Turner-Overdrive bassist Fred Turner in 1943 (age 59); Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead in 1947 (age 55); Rainbow keyboardist Tony Carey in 1953 (age 49); Gary Kemp of Sp
By United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

New York Post columnist reported Madonna has a bit of theater critic in her. Boy George's semi-autobiographic play "Taboo," a hit in London and heading for Broadway, had a character that resembled Madonna in its original book before the Material Girl got
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Oct. 12-18.
By United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Roger Waters, Billy Joel, Sting, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow, and Don Henley were all on hand Monday to pay tribute to Timothy White, the late editor in chief of Billboard Magazine.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

Gov't Mule, the B-52's, Bob Weir, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Blind Boys of Alabama, D.J. Logic, moe., Stanton Moore, Tom Tom Club, John Popper, Melvin Sparks and Derek Trucks were among the rock luminaries who performed Wednesday at the second annual Jammy a
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Gov't Mule, the B-52's, Bob Weir, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Blind Boys of Alabama, D.J. Logic, moe., Stanton Moore, Tom Tom Club, John Popper, Melvin Sparks and Derek Trucks were among the rock luminaries who performed Wednesday at the second annual Jammy a
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include country's Johnny Duncan and the Belmonts' Carlo Mastrangelo, who were both born in 1938 (age 64); Richard Street of the Temptations in 1942 (age 60); Steve Miller in 1943 (age 59); Brian Johnson, who replaced Bon Scott in the AC/
By United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

The Rolling Stones launched their 40th anniversary tour at Boston's Fleet Center with the self-assured cockiness of a band that knows how good it still is, playing a set of hits including "Satisfaction," "Jumping Jack Flash," "Street Fighting Man," "Brown
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

R. Kelly was cleared to leave Illinois to perform in Miami over the weekend. The singer was ordered to surrender his passport and avoid illegal contact with minors.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

The "Terrapin Station" reunion of surviving Grateful Dead members took place in Wisconsin under heavy police scrutiny to allay the fears of local officials that Deadheads would overrun the place.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International
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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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