Bob Weir's much publicized fall at a Furthur show last year and the subsequent cancellation of of the band's gig at the BottleRock festival in Napa fueled questions about his drug use.
Weir tipped over on Apr. 25 - the last of seven Furthur shows at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York - during the second set, hitting guitarist John Kandlecik. He landed on his right side and had to be lifted up and placed in a chair by roadies as the band played on (for 10 more minutes on "Unbroken Chain," with bassist and co-bandleader Phil Lesh delivering the vocals). They left the stage after the song and came back a few minutes later without Weir to finish the set. He performed with Furthur two nights later in Atlantic City.
However, on May 1, the band issued the following statement: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, Furthur regretfully will be unable to appear as scheduled at BottleRock Napa Valley on Thursday, May 9. Grateful Dead and Furthur co-founder Bob Weir is unable to perform in any capacity for the next several weeks. Bob looks forward to resuming his Weir Here broadcasts from TRI Studios in mid to late June and performing his solo acoustic shows June 26-30. Furthur featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir look forward to returning to the road as scheduled on July 11 in Brooklyn for their Summer Tour, which carries them through early October on the West Coast."
Though message boards are chirping about Weir's "dope fiend lean" and possible heroin use, one source close to the singer-guitarist tells CelebStoner that is "100% wrong."
"It doesn't take a genius to figure out what a person nodding out on dope looks like," contends Concert Joe, who was at the Port Chester show. "Bobby didn't look so good. He came down like a knockout punch."
When the band returned, Lesh told the crowd, "You could see Bob having some problems. He hurt his shoulder today and had to see the doctor. We're going to finish the set for you."
Updates: Weir made a surprise appearance at the Huichica Music Festival in Sonoma, California on June 15, performing with Jonathan Wilson. "He did maybe four songs, including 'Dark Star' and 'Truckin'," one attendee tells CelebStoner.
Furthur retutned to the New York area to kick off a six-show tour on July 11. In September and October, they played four shows at Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado, two at the Palms Casino Resort in Reno and three at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
From Feb. 14 to Mar. 16, 2014 (23 shows), Weir's back on tour with RatDog.