On December 5th, the United Nations Development Programme held it’s inaugural Global Goals Gala in Manhattan. The star-studded event was highlighted by one of our favorite musicians, Mr. Bob Weir.
The benefit was held to declare that together, we can reach the 17 Global Goals and end poverty within this generation. That’s a goal we can all get behind.
Bobby traded in his jean shorts for a suit and played the hell out of the acoustic guitar for 30 minutes. The short, but action packed set included a Robert Johnson blues standard, a Dylan cover and three Grateful Dead tunes spanning three decades.
While “Loose Lucy” and “When I Paint My Masterpiece” are Bob Weir acoustic staples, “The Other One” was a real treat to see Bobby bang out. On Robert Johnson’s “Walkin’ Blues,” Weir shows that he’s still got guitar chops.
While there was the obligatory lyric flub or two, Bobby intentionally swapped “Selling guns ‘stead of food today” to “Build a wall instead of building peace today” in Throwing Stones. And with that subtle (or maybe not so subtle) political statement, Weir ended his set.
Walkin Blues (Robert Johnson Cover)
When I Paint My Masterpiece (Bob Dylan Cover)
The Other One
Thanks to the UNDP YouTube channel for the pro-footage!