Bob Weir Storms Off Stage in Mill Valley

Grateful Dead legend loses it with crowd at Sweetwater.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Steve Covault
    Please don't annoy Bob Weir.

    The song ended -- right in the middle, in fact.

    Bob Weir, the legendary Grateful Dead guitarist and solo star in his own right, stormed off stage in the middle of a tune Monday in Mill Valley, according to reports.

    Weir was playing a Bob Dylan song during a solo acoustic set at Sweetwater Music Hall, a small venue of which he is part owner, according to the Marin Independent Journal. But audience members at the venue's back bar were apparently talking too loud for his liking during the set.

    "He got so mad that he asked, 'Am I interrupting you? Am I bothering you?'" photographer Stuart Levine told the newspaper.

    When audience members kept jabbering, Weir declared he'd had enough.

    "That's it, I give up," he said, before storming off stage.

    He returned with the Ratdog Quartet, which put on an electric set, but at one time had to tell the audience to shut up again, the newspaper reported.

    Who's to blame? Depends who you ask.

    Some commenters on jambands.com and elsewhere say it was the moneyed investors and lawyers who live in Mill Valley. Aaron Kayce, who manages the club, said it's more likely the fault of the dreadlocked kids who "smoke pot in the bathroom."

    Video of Weir's meltdown circulated on the Internet before it was taken down.