Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir recently released his first complete batch of solo songs in over 30 years, and has been celebrating his new album with a countrywide tour. Titled Blue Mountain, the album sees Weir pick up the acoustic guitar and hone in on his cowboy roots. The music is stripped down, feeling comfortable in the well worn pages of Americana.Before Weir embarked on his tour, or even released the new albun, the guitarist held an intimate performance at the McKittrick Hotel in New York, NY. As Weir returns to the Big Apple tonight, he’s shared a brand new video from that intimate celebration of Blue Mountain.In the new clip, Weir takes on the title track, performing a solo acoustic rendition of the beautiful song. Watch him below.Weir is set to perform two nights at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY beginning tonight, October 14th. Enjoy!
Today, Billboard debuted a new video featuring Eddie Vedder and one of the most prolific comedic film producers of this century, Judd Apatow, onstage together at Bonnaroo 2016, which Pearl Jam headlined. The clip is part of a promo push for Apatow’s new two-part HBO documentary, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. The two-part project takes a deep dive into the life of his late mentor and comedy legend Garry Shandling with help from various famous friends and family members.During Judd’s scheduled “Judd Apatow & Friends” set at the festival’s Comedy Theater, Apatow explained, “I’m gonna bring out a friend and we’re gonna sing a song together in honor of my friend, Garry Shandling,” before Vedder strolled onstage to a chorus of cheers.As Eddie Vedder got set up with his music stand and acoustic guitar, Apatow explained, “Garry Shandling was my mentor. He gave me my first job. I wrote for the Grammys for Garry. And then I wrote for The Larry Sanders Show for Garry. … When he passed away we found these big stacks of diaries and journals, some of them very personal and some of them just filled with jokes. And when I was asked to do Bonnaroo, I said [to Eddie Vedder] ‘would you want to do this show?’ And Eddie said yes. And then the other day I said ‘what do you want to do?’ And he said ‘I was thinking about taking all of Garry Shandling’s writings and turning them into a song.’”Continues Apatow, “So then Eddie sent me a video of the song, and it was amazing. It’s a combination of his journals and jokes. And today I said ok let’s listen to the song, and he no you’re singing it with me…which is kind of not what anybody wants, not me or you [laughs]. But there is something nice about sharing our love for Garry…so I’m gonna sing this with Mr. Vedder.”The two go on to perform the song together, with Vedder handling the “very personal” writings, and Apatow peppering in the aforementioned stacks of jokes (like “My friends tell me I have an intimacy problem, but they don’t really know me” or “I shave one leg so it feels like I’m sleeping with a woman”). The result is a thoroughly enjoyable performance that’s at once hilarious and sincerely heartfelt by a couple masters in those respective specialties. You can watch the video below, courtesy of Billboard:Judd Apatow and Eddie Vedder In Concert – “Dear Mind” – From The Journals of Garry Shandling – Bonnaroo Comedy Theater – 6/11/16<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Video: Billboard]The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling is on HBO now.[H/T Billboard]