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Diary of a Mayor

Diary of a Mayor

So, like everybody, when I heard BeachLife was coming to Redondo Beach, I was really excited about all the bands, and who’s going to play. I was talking to Allen Sanford, who’s the producer of it, and he told me it was going to be Bob Weir, Brian Wilson, and Willie Nelson. I started thinking, ‘Bob Weir…I saw Bob Weir at the Roxy when I was, like, 20 years old back in the ‘70s, and I think I kept the ticket.’ But I wasn’t sure… So I went home and rummaged through some old concert tickets, and I found my ticket to Bob Weir at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood. February 17th, 1978. Five dollars. Ha ha!

Later on, I told Allen, “Hey Allen, I got this ticket stub from Bob Weir! You’re not going to believe this!” And I showed it to him and he goes, “Oh my god! You’ve got to come down, and we’re gonna show it to Bob.” So I went to the BeachLife Festival and sure enough, Allen finds me towards the end of the Bob Weir set. And the next thing I know, he’s leading me backstage. The concert’s ending, and here come all these people, and in walks Bob! I said, “Hey, Bob, great set! Check this out!” I hold up the ticket and he couldn’t believe it. He was like, “Oh my god, you saved that?” and I go, “Yeah!” And he goes, “Do you want me to sign it?” And I go, “Of course!” So he gets out a pen and he, like, scribbles on the thing.

Right then, the stage manager comes over and goes, “Well, it looks like that’s it… we’re past curfew.” And they all look over at me and go, “Well, he’s the mayor.” And I ask, “What’s the problem?” “Well, we’re past curfew.” And I said, “Well, he’s got to play an encore!” And they ask, “What do you want to hear?“… “Ummm Ripple’?!” I said. And Bob Weir goes, “We’re playing ‘Ripple’!” And they all went marching out to go play the “Ripple” encore. I still don’t believe it!! And so, anyway, if I never do anything, ever, as mayor before or after: I got Bob Weir to play an encore, and he played “Ripple.”  – Bill Brand, Mayor