Bob Weir and the Flying Other Brothers’ Bert Keely joined together for a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
The duo recorded the Lennon classic following the death of Richard Newton, their friend and Dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Electrical Engineering. The delicate rendition features Weir on vocals and guitar while Keely supplies bass and harmony.
The “Imagine” cover is off Keely’s upcoming box set Circle Back! out June 4th. The retrospective collection contains the LPs Skywriting, Bert’s Brew, and Alive and Grateful. In addition to “Imagine,” Weir also appears on a 28-minute version of “Jack Straw” > Playin’ in the Band” > “Queen Jane Approximately.”
Keely will celebrate the release of Circle Back! with a virtual event on May 19th. The Backstage Hang kicks off at 9:30 p.m. ET and features the Flying Other Brothers discussing their career. Proceeds will be donated to the National Independent Venues Association.
Following the cancellation of his tour with the Wolf Bros last year, Weir has performed several livestream shows in quarantine, including a Chinese New Year concert followed by a show on St. Patrick’s Day. He kicked off 2021 by performing a charity show alongside John Oates, Dave Grohl, Sammy Hagar, and others.