NASCAR fans and Deadheads came together on Sunday, when Grateful Dead guitarist and songwriter Bob Weir sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of the second NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race.
While clips of a virtual Texas Motor Speedway were looped in the background, Weir, iconic beard and all, belted out a heartfelt and soulful rendition of the National Anthem.
You can watch Bob Weir do his thing in the Fox NASCAR video below.
While NASCAR has gone completely virtual as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Weir himself has taken advantage of the mandated social distancing by promoting some content of his own. He even released his own “Gymming Playlist” on Spotify, which consists of 21 songs for folks to jam out to while getting in that home workout.
Weir has also used his platform to spread coronavirus-related awareness, urging his fans and followers via an Instagram post to do their part in helping healthcare providers, while also listing drop-off sites in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland areas.
Californians, healthcare providers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco and Los Angeles are in desperate need of critical supplies such as masks, disposable gloves and more. Let’s step up and show the healthcare workers on the frontlines some care in return!
If you are not in these areas and have supplies, please check with your local hospitals to see how you can help. #StayHomeAdvertisement
A little bit of Bob Weir trivia for you: The San Francisco native founded The Grateful Dead with lead guitarist Jerry Garcia, bassist Phil Lesh, keyboardist Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, and drummer Bill Kreutzmann back in 1965. After Garcia passed away in 1995, the surviving members formed The Other Ones, which later became The Dead.
Today, Weir actively tours with his new band, Dead & Company. As you can see, the 72-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has still got it after all these years.