Dead and Co won’t be making it to the Twin Cities area for their final tour this summer, but the next best thing hit the Palace Theatre in St. Paul Wednesday night when Bobby Weir and Wolf Brothers with
the Wolfpack stopped by for a night of fun. The hallway between the bar and the staircase was full of “Dead Dancers”, people swept away by the music, transported to that special place where the music never stops.
The Wolf Bros, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, bassist Don Was and drummer Jay Lane, were joined on this tour with a string and horn section comprised of Brian Switzer, Adam Theis, Sheldon Brown and Mads Tolling, as well as pedal steel guitarist Barry Sless. Bobby was positively radiant the entire show, his voice sounding just like the early 70’s Ace days. It was really hard to believe that he is 75 years old. The Wolf Bros tours have been a way for Weir to honor not only Dead tunes, but also showcase Garcia Band, Ratdog and Bobby and the Midnights songs as well.
As the show opened, the band appeared relaxed when they funked their way into “Women Are Smarter”. Bobby next leaned into some Ratdog with “Odessa” before paying tribute to Minnesota native Bob Dylan with “She Belongs To Me”. Another Dylan tune made the first set, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall. “Big River” , with it’s shout out to St. Paul, had most of the packed Palace belting out every word. The first set ended with an extra spacey “Turn On Your Love Light”
The second set opened with a Kris Kristofferson song that was a staple in any Dead setlist from 72′-’74, “Me And Bobby MaGee”. The highlight of the evening was an amazing extended jam that started with “Uncle John’s Band” went into “Supplication” then reprised “UJB” before going into “The Wheel”. The second set ended with one of the highest energy tunes of the night, “Sugar Magnolia”. The show ended with the entire Palace singing “Ripple” With the band.
Bobby’s still going strong and shows no signs of slowing down, and neither do the crowd of Dead Heads who sold out the Palace Theatre on Wednesday night.