With Dead & Company tour just a few short weeks away, the band’s two iconic guitarists – Bob Weir and John Mayer – spoke to Rolling Stone at length about their upcoming plans. The two touched on everything from Mayer’s newfound passion for the Grateful Dead to specific plans for the band’s future, including a number of songs they’d like to play out on stage.According to the interview , Dead & Company are planning to add 20 more original Grateful Dead songs to the summer rotation, including “Passenger” and “Weather Report Suite.” He also spoke about some more tunes in the article, saying, “We need to finish up where ‘St. Stephen’ goes – there are other sections we didn’t have time to get to…”He continues, “And I’d like to work up ‘Box of Rain,’… The vocal register is right in John’s wheelhouse. I think I’ve talked him into it.” Weir also mentions “Days Between” in the article, but the interview must have been conducted before the band’s free performance last Monday, May 23rd at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA. The group debuted that song, as well as “Big Railroad Blues” and “Queen Jane Approximately” for the performance. Watch it all here.John Mayer also recently spoke about some new songs on the docket, including “Dire Wolf,” “Throwing Stones,” “High Time” and “Foolish Heart.” Read more about that here.What else does the future hold for Dead & Company? A possible studio session, according to Weir. After another tour or two, the band is considering a visit to the studio to record something that combines new material with songs “never fully addressed” by the Dead in the studio, like “The Other One” or “Dark Star.” Says Weir, “That would be something of an adventure.”The interview also sees Weir juxtaposing Mayer with Trey Anastasio, who was on hand to celebrate the Dead’s 50th anniversary at the five Fare Thee Well performances. “John is a classicist by nature. Trey is more of an iconoclast… Juxtaposing Trey’s take on the material with the insights John brings got me looking at all of the songs afresh.”It’s nice to hear Bob Weir so excited about the Grateful Dead’s music, and about Dead & Company. Considering he recently spoke about his intentions to tour for the rest of his life, we can’t wait to see what the future will bring for Dead & Co! The tour starts June 10th, and full dates can be read here.[H/t Rolling Stone]
Foundation program places students with aid providers October 15, 2001 Regular News Foundation program places students with aid providers T he Florida Bar Foundation placed 20 law students with 16 legal service agencies across the state during the past summer as part of its summer fellowship program. Three summer fellows placed at legal services programs were supported by a $10,000 contribution from Florida Lawyers Legal Insurance Corporation, in addition to $2,345 from the Don Gifford Fund, named after the late member of the Bar Board of Governors and the Foundation board. Total expenditures from the program were $107,345, the bulk of which went for student stipends. The students served for an 11-week fellowship period. Two were from Florida State University, one was from Nova Southeastern University, two were from St. Thomas University, two were from Stetson University, six were from the University of Florida, and seven were from the University of Miami. Stipend amounts were $4,000 for first-year students and $5,000 for second-year students. Of the 20 summer fellows, eight were African-American and two were Hispanic, according to the Foundation. “Everybody who goes through this program really gets excited about it, and it is just such a worthwhile expenditure of funds,” said John W. Thornton, Jr., vice chair of the Legal Assistance/Law Student Assistance IOTA Grant Committee. Thornton said the reports from participating students and legal service programs continue to indicate the success and usefulness of this program and its popularity among public interest-minded law students and legal service programs. Some of those comments include: • “The most satisfying aspect of the fellowship has been working with the young and energetic attorneys at [Florida Institutional Legal Services] who generally care about infusing the public interest field with new ideas, are passionate about their work, and are willing to mentor students such as myself.” • “Without legal services, a poor person would be overwhelmed and outnumbered by the justice system.” • “My position affirmed the idea that there is an immense need for public interest lawyers. While the current numbers are able to catch what comes their way, there are so many other people and issues that would benefit from public interest lawyers’ involvement.” • “This experience has strengthened my commitment to public interest law.” The Foundation board also approved $105,000 in funding for the Summer Fellows program in 2002.