The National were joined onstage by Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco – you can watch footage of the moment below.
The band performed the track, which appeared on their ‘High Violet’ album, with the legendary guitarist on Friday (August 9). Last year, Weir covered Cass McCombs’ ‘Love Thine Enemy’ with members of the band during a ‘Bridge Sessions webcast.
Last week, it was revealed The National are planning on recording a Grateful Dead covers album in collaborations with the likes of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver and Kurt Vile. Relix says that Aaron and Bryce Dessner have also recruited members from the likes of The War On Drugs and The Walkmen for the project and hope to convince more high-profile musicians to take part, too, including Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo and Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan.
Although no tracklisting or release date has been revealed for the LP yet, proceeds from the album will be given to the not-for-profit organisation Red Hot, which is focused on raising AIDS-awareness. Speaking about their plans for the record, Aaron Dessner said: “We’ve done a lot of work talking to various artists and laying the groundwork. It is kind of an ambitious project both because of the legacy and the material. We are obsessed enough with the Grateful Dead that it is kind of a monumental idea.”
The National recently released their sixth album ‘Trouble Will Find Me’, which debuted at Number Three in both the UK and the US. They are set to tour the UK this November, when they will play shows in Belfast, Manchester and London as well as Dublin, Ireland.
The National will play:
Belfast Odyssey Arena (November 9)
Dublin O2 Arena (10)
Manchester O2 Apollo (11, 12)
London Alexandra Palace (13, 14)