Fresh off announcing that the Grateful Dead‘s music will live on as Dead & Company, Bob Weir will sit down with Dan Rather for a wide-ranging chat that will air on the newscaster’s AXS TV series The Big Interview. In the above clip, the guitarist discusses his musical influences, Jerry Garcia and what Grateful Dead song he wants played at his own funeral. Weir’s full interview will air Tuesday night at 8 p.m. EST.
Rather first asks Weir how he hopes to be remembered when he inevitably “crosses the river.” “Individually, for people who want to remember me, to remember on the moment for a song that relates to that moment for them, because that’s all I’m here for,” Weir said.
He then revealed that he wants the Dead’s “Cassidy” played at his own memorial service by reciting the John Perry Barlow-penned opening lyrics, “I have seen where the wolf has slept by the silver stream. I can tell by the mark he left you were in his dream. Ah, child of countless trees. Ah, child of boundless seas. What you are, what you’re meant to be. Speaks his name, though you were born to me. Cassidy.”
Weir also spoke about how his musical influences matured in the Sixties before the Dead formed, from the Kingston Trio and the Limeliters to Bob Dylan and Joan Baez to Lightnin’ Hopkins. When Rather asked how demanding Garcia was as a bandmate, Weir said, “He knew about what I was good for and just was happy with that. He knew how to get stuff out of me. He very, very rarely had me play anything specific. He kept me to my own devices and I tried to delight him as best I could.”
Although the Grateful Dead ended their 50-year tenure together with their Fare Thee Well concerts, Weir and percussionists Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart announced guitarist John Mayer would join them for a pair of shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The band, featuring three of the four surviving members of the Dead’s “Core Four” (minus bassist Phil Lesh) will perform under the moniker Dead & Company.