Grateful Dead guitarist/singer Bob Weir collapsed onstage during a show with his band Furthur (which also features the Dead’s Phil Lesh) last night (April 25) at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.
To quote the Dead’s own song, the music never stopped. The band played on as Weir fell down during a performance of the Dead’s “Unbroken Chain.” In the YouTube video below, Weir collapses about 55 seconds in. The band’s roadies helped him get back up and gave him a chair to sit on to finish the song.
Furthur was playing the ninth and final show of a residency at the Capitol, a venue where the Grateful Dead performed during their heyday. Jambase cited reports that Weir had been struggling throughout the show, both on vocals and guitar. Weir left after “Unbroken Chain,” with Lesh explaining to the crowd that Weir had suffered a strained shoulder earlier in the day and the band would be finishing the second set without him. Furthur’s next scheduled gig is Saturday night (April 27) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
In happier news from the Capitol show, Jerry Garcia’s daughter Trixie came out just before Furthur started their encore to announce the new Capitol Theatre bar will be named Garcia’s, after her late father.
– Brian Ives, Radio.com