Bob Weir and Phil Lesh reunited with old friend Dickey Betts last night during the second set of the final Furthur “rehearsal” at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, Calif. Weir and Lesh’s relationship with Betts dates back to the Fillmore East/West days when the Allman Brothers Band and Grateful Dead used to share bills at the Bill Graham-owned venues. In more recent years, Betts sat in with Lesh’s “Q” at the Beacon Theatre in 2001 and at a handful of Phil & Friends shows in 2002 and 2006.
[Photo via @Timezoner]
Betts emerged four songs in to the closing stanza for the Grateful Dead classic Viola Lee Blues. The guitarist guested on two segments of Viola as well as on Caution (Do Not Stop On The Tracks) and his own Blue Sky. Furthur last played Blue Sky on March 13, 2011 in New York City with Betts’ replacement in the ABB – Warren Haynes. Here’s a look at the complete setlist…
Set 1 :Cassidy, Bertha, Big Bad Blues > Althea > Catfish John, Estimated Prophet, Birdsong, Deal
Set 2: One More Saturday Night, Cumberland Blues, He’s Gone, Viola Lee Blues * > Caution (Do not stop on tracks)* > Viola Lee Blues 2 * > Blue Sky *, Viola Lee Blues 3, Days Between, Terrapin Station
Encore: Brokedown Palace
* Dickey Betts
Furthur kicks off their summer tour in earnest on Thursday night in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.