Furthur Cancels BottleRock Fest Slot After Weir's Stage Fall
Less than a week after Furthur singer/guitarist Bob Weir fell onstage during a concert in Port Chester, New York, the band has canceled its headlining slot at the BottleRock Napa Valley festival, scheduled for next Thursday (May 9).
"Due to unforeseen circumstances, Furthur regretfully will be unable to appear as scheduled at BottleRock Napa Valley on Thursday, May 9," begins a post on the band's official website. "Grateful Dead & Furthur Co-Founder Bob Weir, is unable to perform in any capacity for the next several weeks."
During the final show of Furthur's nine-day residency at Port Chester's Capitol Theater on Apr. 25, Weir reportedly fell onstage midway through a performance on "Unbroken Chain." The band left the stage after the song ended, and then returned (minus Weir) to finish out the set; bassist Phil Lesh explained to the crowd that Weir was suffering from a strained shoulder.
Furthur returned two nights later, with Weir in tow, for a performance at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. However, the inaugural BottleRock festival -- which includes artists like the Black Keys, Kings of Leon and Zac Brown Band on its lineup -- will go on without the group.
"Furthur featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir look forward to returning to the road as scheduled on July 11 in Brooklyn for their Summer tour, which carries them through early October on the West Coast," continues the band's website post. Weir, a founding member of the Grateful Dead, formed Furthur with Lesh in 2009.