RatDog

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RatDog
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Background information
Also known as Bob Weir and RatDog, The Ratdog Revue
Origin San Francisco, CA, USA
Genres Rock
Years active 1995-present
Labels Grateful Dead
Associated acts Grateful Dead, The Other Ones, The Dead, Furthur, Dead & Company, Jemimah Puddleduck
Website ratdog.org
Members Bob Weir
Jay Lane
Jeff Chimenti
Robin Sylvester
Steve Kimock
Past members Rob Wasserman
Matthew Kelly
Vince Welnick
Johnnie Johnson
Dave Ellis
Mookie Siegel
Dave McNabb
Mark Karan
Kenny Brooks

RatDog (sometimes known as The Ratdog Revue, Bob Weir & RatDog or Ratdog) is an American rock band. The group began as a side project for Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir and bassist Rob Wasserman.[1][dead link] After the Grateful Dead disbanded in December 1995 following the death of Jerry Garcia on August 9 of that year, RatDog became Bob Weir's primary band.[2] The band performed until July, 2014. They performed Grateful Dead tunes primarily with a mixture of covers (including Bob Dylan and Chuck Berry songs), along with some originals.[3] RatDog's repertoire consisted of more than 150 songs.

History[edit]

During the late 1980s, Bob Weir teamed up with bassist Rob Wasserman and the duo toured for seven years under names such as Weir/Wasserman and Scaring the Children. In 1994, Weir and Wasserman participated in the Woodstock '94 festival. Jay Lane was added on drums and Matthew Kelly on guitar and harmonica in 1995. They played their first show as a full band on April 22, 1995, billed as Friends of Montezuma and then as RatDog Revue. They played their first show as RatDog on August 8, 1995.

RatDog went through a series of personnel changes from 1995 and 2000. Former Grateful Dead keyboardist Vince Welnick performed with the group in late 1995. Former Chuck Berry collaborator Johnnie Johnson performed with the group from February 1996 to May 1997 and was then replaced by Jeff Chimenti who has been with the band ever since. Keyboardist Mookie Siegel also played with the band between 1996 and 1997. Saxophonist Dave Ellis was a member of the group from 1996 until 1999 when he was replaced by Kenny Brooks in 2000 until his departure in 2012. Mark Karan jopined on guitar in 1998 until his departure in 2012. Original stand up bassist Rob Wasserman was replaced by bass guitarist Robin Sylvester in 2003. Wasserman rejoined the band in January 2012 and played alongside Sylvester until he died in June 2016. The lineup of Bob Weir (rhythm guitar, lead vocals), Jay Lane (drums, vocals), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards, vocals), Kenny Brooks (saxophone, vocals), Mark Karan (lead guitar, vocals) and Robin Sylvester (bass guitar, vocals) was the longest serving lineup of the band. They performed together for nine years from 2003 until 2012, with the exception of 2007 when Karan was replaced briefly by Steve Kimock to battle a health problem.

RatDog released their first and, to date, only studio album, Evening Moods in 2000. They released their only official live album Live at Roseland in 2001, although most of the soundboards from their concerts since the mid-2000s were made available for purchase after concerts and online.

Throughout 2009 and 2010, original RatDog members Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman and Jay Lane periodically performed under the moniker Scaring the Children.[4]

From 2010 through 2013, the number of RatDog's performances were limited while Weir toured with Furthur. Ratdog played 2 shows in both January 2012 and August 2013. In September 2013 it was revealed by Primus bassist Les Claypool that RatDog would be "getting back together this next year", as Lane had chosen to leave Primus in order to rejoin RatDog.[5]

In February and March of 2014, RatDog resumed more extensive touring, with Steve Kimock on lead guitar, Jeff Chimenti on keyboards, Jay Lane on drums, and two bass players, Robin Sylvester and Rob Wasserman.[6] On August 10, 2014, Bob Weir and RatDog cancelled their summer and fall tour dates without explanation.[7] Since early 2014 RatDog has been on hiatus while Bob Weir performs with Dead & Company.

Original, and then-current, bassist Rob Wasserman died on June 29, 2016.

Notable guests[edit]

Since its formation, many guest musicians have performed with RatDog, including Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Jean Godchaux and Bruce Hornsby. Other well known guests include Joan Baez, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Derek Trucks, Al Schnier, Ekoostik Hookah, Trey Anastasio, Les Claypool, DJ Logic, John Popper, Dickey Betts, Sammy Hagar, Susan James and Keller Williams.[8]

Discography[edit]

Band members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Lineups[edit]

Bob Weir and Jay Lane performing with RatDog in April 2009.
Dates Lineup
04/22/1995 – 08/25/1995
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Rob Wasserman – bass
  • Matthew Kelly – guitar, harmonica, vocals
09/01/1995 – 12/12/1995
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Rob Wasserman – bass
  • Matthew Kelly – guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Vince Welnick – keyboards, vocals
02/20/1996 – 10/20/1996
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Rob Wasserman – bass
  • Matthew Kelly – guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Johnnie Johnson – keyboards
11/09/1996 – 12/08/1996
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Rob Wasserman – bass
  • Matthew Kelly – guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Johnnie Johnson – keyboards
  • Dave Ellis – saxophone
12/10/1996 – 04/15/1997
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Rob Wasserman – bass
  • Matthew Kelly – guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Johnnie Johnson – keyboards
  • Dave Ellis – saxophone
  • Mookie Siegel – keyboards
05/28/1997
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Rob Wasserman – bass
  • Matthew Kelly – guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Johnnie Johnson – keyboards
  • Dave Ellis – saxophone
  • Jeff Chimenti – keyboards
06/07/1997 – 04/05/1998
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Rob Wasserman – bass
  • Matthew Kelly – guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Dave Ellis – saxophone
  • Jeff Chimenti – keyboards
09/06/1998
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Rob Wasserman – bass
  • Matthew Kelly – guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Dave Ellis – saxophone
  • Jeff Chimenti – keyboards
  • Dave McNabb – guitar
09/09/1998 – 09/20/1998
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Rob Wasserman – bass
  • Dave Ellis – saxophone
  • Jeff Chimenti – keyboards
  • Dave McNabb – guitar
10/29/1998 – 12/02/1999
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Rob Wasserman – bass
  • Dave Ellis – saxophone
  • Jeff Chimenti – keyboards
  • Mark Karan – guitar, vocals
12/30/1999 – 03/26/2000
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Rob Wasserman – bass
  • Jeff Chimenti – keyboards
  • Mark Karan – guitar, vocals
05/05/2000 – 10/19/2002
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Rob Wasserman – bass
  • Jeff Chimenti – keyboards
  • Kenny Brooks – saxophone
  • Mark Karan – guitar, vocals
02/05/2003 – 02/09/2003
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Jeff Chimenti – keyboards
  • Kenny Brooks – saxophone
  • Mark Karan – guitar, vocals
03/04/2003 – 06/17/2007
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Robin Sylvester – bass
  • Jeff Chimenti – keyboards
  • Kenny Brooks – saxophone
  • Mark Karan – guitar, vocals
07/05/2007 – 04/12/2008
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Robin Sylvester – bass
  • Jeff Chimenti – keyboards
  • Kenny Brooks – saxophone
  • Steve Kimock – guitar
05/17/2008 – 01/26/2012
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Robin Sylvester – bass
  • Jeff Chimenti – keyboards
  • Kenny Brooks – saxophone
  • Mark Karan – guitar, vocals
08/16/2013 – 06/29/2016
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Robin Sylvester – bass guitar
  • Jeff Chimenti – keyboards
  • Steve Kimock – guitar
  • Rob Wasserman – upright bass
06/29/2016 - present
  • Bob Weir – guitar, vocals
  • Jay Lane – drums
  • Robin Sylvester – bass guitar
  • Jeff Chimenti – keyboards
  • Steve Kimock – guitar

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bob Weir Biography, Rolling Stone
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. RatDog Biography at Allmusic
  3. ^ Selvin, Joel. "Dead Man Talking", San Francisco Chronicle, March 21, 2004
  4. ^ "Bob Weir & RatDog :: news". Rat-dog.com. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  5. ^ "Primus Reuniting with Drummer Tim Alexander". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ Greenhaus, Mike (February 14, 2014). "Bob Weir Ramps Up RatDog", Jambands.com. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  7. ^ "Bob Weir & RatDog Cancel All Upcoming Dates", JamBase, August 10, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  8. ^ "Guest Musicians". RatDog. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 

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