|Also known as||Bob Weir and RatDog, The Ratdog Revue|
|Origin||San Francisco, CA, USA|
|Years active||1995–2010, 2013-present|
|Associated acts||Grateful Dead, The Other Ones, The Dead, Furthur, Jemimah Puddleduck|
|Past members||Matthew Kelly
RatDog (sometimes known as The Ratdog Revue, Bob Weir & RatDog or Ratdog) was an American rock band. The group began as a side project for Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir and bassist Rob Wasserman.[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. The band performed until July, 2014, and Weir has not ruled out future shows. They performed Grateful Dead tunes primarily with a mixture of covers (including Bob Dylan and Chuck Berry songs), along with some originals. RatDog's repertoire consisted of more than 150 songs.
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.
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. On August 10, 2014, Bob Weir and RatDog cancelled their summer and fall tour dates, without explaining why this was necessary.
Formation and early days
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.
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.
|04/22/1995 – 08/25/1995||
|09/01/1995 – 12/12/1995||
|02/20/1996 – 10/20/1996||
|11/09/1996 – 12/08/1996||
|12/10/1996 – 04/15/1997||
|06/07/1997 – 04/05/1998||
|09/09/1998 – 09/20/1998||
|10/29/1998 – 12/02/1999||
|12/30/1999 – 03/26/2000||
|05/05/2000 – 10/19/2002||
|02/05/2003 – 02/09/2003||
|03/04/2003 – 06/17/2007||
|07/05/2007 – 04/12/2008||
|05/17/2008 – 01/26/2012||
|08/16/2013 – present||
- Bob Weir Biography, Rolling Stone
- Ruhlmann, William. RatDog Biography at Allmusic
- Selvin, Joel. "Dead Man Talking", San Francisco Chronicle, March 21, 2004
- "Bob Weir & RatDog :: news". Rat-dog.com. Retrieved 2011-10-21.
- "Primus Reuniting with Drummer Tim Alexander". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- Greenhaus, Mike (February 14, 2014). "Bob Weir Ramps Up RatDog", Jambands.com. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
- "Bob Weir & RatDog Cancel All Upcoming Dates", JamBase, August 10, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
- "Guest Musicians". RatDog. Retrieved 2011-10-21.
- rat-dog.com, official web site of RatDog
- ratdog.org, RatDog fan site
- Ratdog collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive