Former Grateful Dead guitarist collapses on stage
Bob Weir was helped offstage Thursday night after he was unable to finish his performance with Furthur at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The Grateful Dead offshoot was closing out a nine show residency at the venue with their final set, but according to Jambase, Weir was struggling throughout the night on both guitar and vocals.
Weir's condition worsened during the band's second set of the night. As Weir played through "Unbroken Chain," he fell over and was helped back up by crew members.
He was given a chair to sit in, and the band left the stage after the song. They returned after a few minutes without Weir, and Phil Lesh told the crowd that Weir was suffering from a strained shoulder and that the set would go on without him.
Further is set to play Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall Saturday, though there's been no word yet on the status of that show, or whether Weir will appear.
The band also celebrated a special occasion last night – before their set, it was announced that the Capitol Theatre's lobby bar would be named Garcia's in honor of Weir and Lesh's Grateful Dead compadre Jerry Garcia, for whom the venue was a favorite.