Bravo’s nightly talk show Watch What Happens Live, usually a coffee klatsch for castmembers of Real Housewives and other network stars, had some surprising guests on Tuesday (June 28): Bob Weir and John Mayer of Dead & Company.
To the delight of host and longtime Deadhead Andy Cohen, the two musicians indulged fans’ questions, including one who asked about the “sexual face” Mayer makes when playing guitar. Indeed, Mayer’s guitar virtuosity is the stuff of legends and so is his expressive, ever contorting facial gestures as he plays along.
“I don’t mean to do the guitar face,” Mayer defended, adding that the demands of the Grateful Dead‘s giant repertoire of songs cause him to make “an even more gnarly guitar face” as he tries to concentrate on nailing the next chord and many melodic twists and turns. “Not only [am I] lost in the music, I’m worried about falling off the bike,” he said. “It’s a pained sexual face.”
Dead & Company, which also features original Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann in addition to bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (longtime Dead guest vocalist Donna Godchaux has also been sitting in for several songs) are currently in the midst of a stadium summer tour which touched down in New York City over the weekend at Citi Field.
With the Watch What Happens clubhouse nearby in Manhattan, a golden opportunity presented itself, it seems, and Cohen was downright giddy about it.
Other topics discussed during the show included their thoughts on feeling the late Jerry Garcia’s presence; a new solo album by Mayer, which he said “will probably come out early next year,” adding, “I’m almost done with it. I have to finish some vocals and then just mix it and it’s ready to go.” It was also revealed that Mayer finds Barbra Streisand, with whom he dueted in 2014 on the song “Come Rain Or Come Shine,” “sexy as ever.” (After the show, a bonus segment found the three discussing gay bars and out-of-body experiences.)
Back to obliging Cohen’s fandom, Weir and Mayer played a snippet of Dead favorite “Friend of the Devil” on acoustic guitars to close out the 30-minute program. Watch the performance below:
Dead & Company next play Boulder Colorado’s Folsom Field on July 2 and 3.