National Grateful Dead Cover – Pre-Fleet Pecknold – Happy Birthday John Weider

21 Apr

The National Want to Cover The Dead

The National’s Matt Berninger commands hipster respect with his deep croon. Can you imagine that voice tackling Grateful Dead hits? Well, according to bassist Scott Devendorf, The National is planning a Grateful Dead cover album for charity. Devendorf shared this information with Spinner at Coachella. According to Devendorf, the band has not decided on songs yet, but “Box of Rain” is a practical choice because Berninger’s voice needs to fit the song. I’m not sure how Berninger’s voice is going to fit. Proceeds from the album will go to charity, and, apparently other bands like Fleet Foxes are interested. But, don’t expect a run-of-the-mill cover album.

“It’s not going to be like jam bands cover the Dead,” said Devendorf. “There are so many cover bands. I think half of the record will be reinterpreting it,” he says.


Pecknold Covers Simon and Garfunkel Before Fleet Foxes

While we are on the subject of Fleet Foxes joining the Grateful Dead cover album, here is a video of Robin Pecknold (of Fleet Foxes) covering a Simon and Garfunkel song with fellow Seattle-based musician Aaron Mannino. The catch? Just watch the video.

Where is all of his hair? Pecknold is only 17 years old in this video, but still wildly talented (as you all can hear).


A Very Family-Oriented Birthday for an Animal

Pun intended. Stupid puns, but band-name puns are inevitable. John Weider is in the category of musician’s that no one has ever heard of, but all have heard. Oh that pesky “of.” Weider, a talented guitarist, bassist and violinist, played with Steve Marriott (before Marriott formed Small Faces) in a band called Steve Marriott and the Moments, before he himself moved on to big bands like The Animals and Family.

Here is John Weider playing guitar on The Animals’ cover of “Shake Rattle and Roll” live in Australia.

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