At Least He’s Enjoying the Ride…

Dead man playing Bob Weir to receive first Les Paul Award

By Gary Graff
June 9, 2016

Dead & Company’s appearance at this weekend’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee will be a little more special for guitarist Bob Weir. Weir will be presented with the first Les Paul Spirit Award for Innovation and Achievements during a special, invitation-only ceremony backstage at the festival on Sunday (June 12).

The award is presented by the Les Paul Foundation in partnership with the Bonnaroo Works Fund; as part of the prize, a grant will be donated to the Grammy Foundation in Weir’s name.

“I cannot think of anyone more fitting to be honored with the first annual Les Paul Spirit Award than Bob Weir,” Les Paul Foundation executive director Michael Braunstein said in a statement.

“If Les were still alive today, I have absolutely no doubt that he and Bob would be experimenting together at TRI Studios or at Les’ house and the results would be extraordinary. I am personally thrilled to be able to present Bob with the first Les Paul Spirit Award because I know he exemplifies everything Les was about and wanted to accomplish. I want to also thank Bonnaroo Works Fund for partnering with us on this exciting annual award which will continue to honor the true innovators of our industry.”

The award itself is made from hand-carved acoustic boards built by Les Paul himself; each year’s award will be unique and different from its predecessors. Dead & Company, meanwhile, will be touring throughout the summer.