Bob Weir Has Played More Live Shows Than Any Other Guitarist. Fact or Fantasy?

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"Chances are, I've spent more time standing on stage playing guitar and singing than any human that ever lived."

That comes from Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, who makes the assertion in the The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir — a documentary directed by Mike Fleiss that was released by Netflix on May 22. 

Weir's "calculations" are derived from the more than 3,000 shows performed by the Dead, as well as the many appearances he has made as a solo artist, and as a member of Ratdog, Furthur, The Other Ones, and various other ensembles.

"That's a lot of time singing and playing guitar," he says.

Do you challenge Weir's claim?

What other guitar player may hold a credible claim to the "Most-Gigged Guitarist of All Time"?

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Some Other Tidbits from the Film...

• Weir's guitar style was influenced by jazz pianists such as McCoy Tyner. 

• Weir and the Dead didn't necessarily believe that obsessively following the band around was a good thing.

• Weir can't remember a lot of those so-called "vintage Dead concerts" that tapers adore. 

• Weir shared a room with beat poet Neal Cassady in the Dead's Victorian house at 710 Ashbury, San Francisco.

• For a time, Weir was Jerry Garcia's bag man. "He trusted me, because he knew I wouldn't get into it, and I wasn't going to give him more than he told me to," said Weir.

Thanks to NewBay Media's Bill Amstutz for pitching this idea.

Watch The Other One Trailer...

Together, Weir and Cassady – a Beat Generation associate and Merry Prankster – shared a room in the Grateful Dead's Victorian at 710 Asbury. Bob's first serious songwriting venture, "(That's It For) The Other One," was directly inspired by Neal Cassady.

Read More: Five Things We Learned from Bob Weir’s New Documentary | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/bob-weir-documentary-facts/?trackback=tsmclip

Neal Cassady served as mentor to a young Bob Weir

Together, Weir and Cassady – a Beat Generation associate and Merry Prankster – shared a room in the Grateful Dead's Victorian at 710 Asbury. Bob's first serious songwriting venture, "(That's It For) The Other One," was directly inspired by Neal Cassady.

Read More: Five Things We Learned from Bob Weir’s New Documentary | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/bob-weir-documentary-facts/?trackback=tsmclip

Neal Cassady served as mentor to a young Bob Weir

Together, Weir and Cassady – a Beat Generation associate and Merry Prankster – shared a room in the Grateful Dead's Victorian at 710 Asbury. Bob's first serious songwriting venture, "(That's It For) The Other One," was directly inspired by Neal Cassady.

Read More: Five Things We Learned from Bob Weir’s New Documentary | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/bob-weir-documentary-facts/?trackback=tsmclip

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