Bob Weir - rhythm guitar, vocals; Bobby Cochran - lead guitar, vocals; Brent Mydland - keyboards, vocals; Rich Carlos - bass; John Maucer - drums; Guest: Matthew Kelly - harmonica
By the time 1978 rolled around, the Grateful Dead had returned from what was an extended break mid-way through the decade that enabled the various members to work on their solo projects. Bob Weir took advantage of the time and space to focus on several different groups in the interim, including Kingfish, Bobby and the Midnites, and the Bob Weir Band. It is the Bob Weir Band, which includes eventual Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland, that is captured on stage at San Francisco's Old Waldorf stage in March of 1978. Though the Dead was back together again, it didn't stop their youngest member from continuing to do live shows with his own ensemble.
The Bob Weir Band released Heaven Help the Fool on Arista Records two months prior to this performance to rather poor reviews. It was criticized for being over-produced and for containing songs that were a far cry from the organic jam-based compositions and county-rock acoustical arrangements of the Grateful Dead. However, Dead enthusiasts will undoubtedly find this an interesting time capsule in the sonic catalogue and development of this enduring musician.
It is from this studio album that the entirety of the setlist was taken—no Grateful Dead material is represented here whatsoever. Though the Bob Weir Band songs are rather weak and do not do justice for the songwriting capabilities that Weir showed himself capable, at this stage in his career he was in fine vocal form, and this recording is captured beautifully, showcasing the fluid band behind their guitar playing frontman. Highlights are opener "Easy to Slip" and a cover of Marvin Gayes' "I'll Be Doggone" which closes the show, along with "Wrong Way Feelin'."