Review by: Knox Keranan
Photo by: Roman Sobus
The Grateful Dead’s last show with the entirety of the band, including Jerry Garcia, was at Soldier Field in Chicago over 23 years ago, in 1995.
Now, Bob Weir returns to Chicago with his newest band: The Wolf Brothers. The trio is comprised of bassist Don Was, who has produced albums for The Rolling Stones and Bonnie Raitt, drummer Jay Lane, former bandmate of Weir’s in the group RatDog and Weir himself.
On Halloween, the three-piece had no trouble filling the spacious Chicago Theatre with spooky sound. They synced up well through long, gritty Blues escapades like Little Red Rooster, originally by Willie Dixon, but performed by Weir many times. They executed two Bob Dylan covers flawlessly. And of course, Weir didn’t forget to do Grateful Dead classics like ‘Friend of the Devil’, ‘China Cat Sunflower’ and ‘I Know You Rider.’
DeadHeads had no trouble making it to downtown Chicago either, and they did not forget to dress for the occasion. Some fans told me seeing the Dead—or a member thereof–on Halloween is a religious experience.
Andrew Cohen, a KIA internet sales manager and DeadHead from St. Louis, has been to 88 Dead shows (or acts associated with a member). He took a train to Chicago that-day for the show and expected to be back in St. Louis tomorrow for work.
Jake, a native Chicagoan told me he has been to over 300 hundred Dead shows and his son has been with him for at least 150 of them. When asked, where his favorite place to see them live was, he told me “Wherever they are playing at the moment.”
If you missed Bob Weir and the Wolf Bros and the DeadHeads in all their glory on Halloween, they are playing the Chicago Theatre again, Nov. 1.
BOB WEIR AND WOLF BROS TOUR
October 16 – Grand Sierra Resort – Reno, NV
October 18 – The Theatre at Ace Hotel – Los Angeles, CA
October 20 – Arlington Theatre – Santa Barbara, CA
October 22 – Keller Auditorium – Portland, OR
October 23 – Moore Theater – Seattle, WA
October 24 – The Wilma – Missoula, MT
October 26 – Delta Hall at Eccles Theater – Salt Lake City, UT
October 27 – Kiva Auditorium – Albuquerque, NM
October 29 – Paramount Theatre – Denver, CO
October 31 – The Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
November 1 – The Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
November 5 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
November 6 – Palace Theatre – Louisville, KY
November 8 – Landmark Theatre – Syracuse, NY
November 9 – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
November 10 – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
November 12 – Warner Theatre – Washington, D.C.
November 13 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
November 16 – Boch Center Wang Theatre – Boston, MA
November 18 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY