Robert Hall Weir, an American musician and composer who was born on October 16, 1947, is best known as a founding member of the Grateful Dead. After the group broke in 1995, Weir performed with The Other Ones, eventually renamed The Dead, alongside previous Grateful Dead members.
During and after his time with the Grateful Dead, Weir also created and participated in various other bands, including Kingfish, the Bob Weir Band, Bobby and the Midnites, Scaring the Children, RatDog, and Furthur, which he co-led with former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh.
In 2015, Weir, together with former Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, formed the band Dead & Company with Grammy-winning singer/guitarist John Mayer, and Grammy-winning bassist Oteil Burbridge, and Grammy-winning keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. The group is still functioning.
Throughout his time with the Grateful Dead, Weir primarily played rhythm guitar and sang numerous rock and roll and country and western tunes. As a Grateful Dead member, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
Early Years of Bob Weir
Weir was born in San Francisco, California, to John (Jack) Parber (1929-2015), of Italian and German ancestry, and Phyllis Inskeep (1924-1997), of German, Irish, and English ancestry, who later gave him up for adoption; he was raised in the suburb of Atherton by his adoptive parents, Frederic Utter and Eleanor Cramer Weir.
After unsuccessful experiments with the piano and trumpet, he began playing guitar at the age of 13. He was expelled from practically all of the schools he attended, including Menlo School in Atherton and Fountain Valley School in Colorado, where he met future Grateful Dead writer John Perry Barlow.
Personal Sphere of Bob Weir
Weir was single throughout his time with the Grateful Dead, but he lived with Frankie Hart from 1969 to 1975. Hart had performed as a go-go dancer at the Peppermint Lounge in New York, worked in the American marketing department of Apple Records, and appeared on the television programs Hullabaloo and Shindig!
Supposedly, she inspired the Robert Hunter and Bob Weir song “Sugar Magnolia.” Weir met her through Mickey Hart, who had a brief relationship with her. In 1968, he met her after her first Grateful Dead concert in New York.
Frankie Azzara (from a previous marriage) used the stage name “Frankie Hart” (presumably “borrowing” Hart’s last name) during the time. Although she and Weir were never married, after moving in with him she acquired his surname and became known as Frankie Weir.
Weir married Natascha Münter on July 15, 1999 in Mill Valley, California. Shala Monet Weir and Chloe Kaelia Weir are their two daughters as a couple. Leilani Münter, the sister-in-law of Bob Weir, is a former driver in the ARCA Racing Series.
Weir serves on the boards of the Rex Foundation, Furthur Foundation, and HeadCount. He is also a member of the Jerry Garcia Foundation’s Advisory Board, alongside Peter Shapiro and Seth Rogin.
Along with Woody Harrelson, Bonnie Raitt, and John Densmore, he is an honorary member of the board of the environmental organisation Rainforest Action Network. Additionally, he serves on the honorary board of directors of Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organisation that gives free musical instruments and education to children in under-resourced U.S. public schools.
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Bob Weir is a $60 million net worth of American singer, composer, and guitarist as stated by Celebrity Net Worth. Weir is best known as a founding member of the rock band Grateful Dead, where he played guitar, sang, and wrote songs.
The Career of Bob Weir
Bob Weir was 16 years old when he walked into a music store on New Year’s Eve and met Jerry Garcia, who hadn’t realised it was New Year’s Eve and was waiting for his music students to arrive.
Weir and Garcia then decided to form a band after spending the entire night playing music together. They were highly influenced by the Beatles, who were at the height of their fame at the time. This band was known as the Grateful Dead after several name changes.
Weir took over as rhythm guitarist and vocalist for the next 30 years of the Grateful Dead’s existence. Other members of the band became concerned in 1968 that Weir “wasn’t pulling his weight musically.”
This resulted in the group performing without Weir and Ron McKernan for a few gigs, but this decision was shortly rectified, with Weir remaining as a full-time member.
Although he was permitted to rejoin the band, Weir acknowledged that some of the critiques levelled about his musical talent were valid. He dedicated himself to developing his guitar skills, and the rest of the band was impressed when they discovered his rapid progress. Among his achievements were acquiring chord voicings and side guitar techniques.
Bob Weir recorded his first solo album, “Ace,” in 1972. The Grateful Dead did, however, perform on the record. The single “Playing in the Band” became well-known from this album, but it had previously been on the Grateful Dead’s album “Skulls & Roses.” During this time, Bob was also a member of Kingfish and Bobby and the Midnites.
This pattern persisted until Garcia’s death in 1995. Following this occurrence, Weir formed a new band named RatDog. This band generally covered songs by musicians such as the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon, and, of course, the Grateful Dead.
Although the Grateful Dead disintegrated in the 1990s, Bob was present for their intermittent reunions from 1998 to 2009. Having saying that, this band was known to as “The Dead” rather than “The Grateful Dead.”
Weir and Phil Lesh started a new band named Furthur in 2009. Bob opened his own recording studio, Tamalpais Research Institute, in 2011. Weir continued to perform with RatDog and collaborated with the Black Crowes and Jackie Greene over the next few years.
Bob began to experience severe tiredness and other physical concerns in 2013, fainting on stage in New York. Due to medical concerns, he took a break from live performances and canceled more appearances in 2014.
It was reported in 2020 that the house Weir had purchased for his father was being sold. Weir bought the house in Mill Valley, California, for his biological father (who he only met later in life).
After his father died, the house was put on the market for $1.395 million. Weir also owns another house in the area as well as a vacant lot. He owns a home in Stinson Seaside, a beach hamlet north of Mill Valley, and another in Menlo Park, near where he grew up.