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CHANGE ROCKS - The Setlist

Change Rocks Brings Together Dead, Allmans One Mo' Time

 The Dead reunited last night (Monday, October 13) for the first time in four years, thrilling a sold-out crowd of devoted fans when they performed in State College, PA.  The “Change Rocks” concert, which also featured the Allman Brothers Band, was held at the 15,000-capacity Bryce Jordan Center on the campus of Penn State University to raise awareness for Senator Barack Obama and the upcoming November 4 election. 

 Original Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart were joined throughout the whole show by RatDog's Jeff Chimenti on keyboards and Allman Brothers Band/Gov’t Mule/ex-Phil & Friends and The Dead guitarist Warren Haynes.  They tore through a 15-song, two-hour set that included such Dead classics as “U.S. Blues,” “Franklin's Tower,” “Playin' In The Band,” “Dark Star,” “St. Stephen” and “Touch of Grey.”  The crowd--a mix of college students, longtime Deadheads and Barack Obama supporters--were on their feet from the first notes of show opener “Truckin,’” through the psychedelic explorations of “Dark Star,” to the end of “Not Fade Away,” the night’s closer.

 In a video-taped message shown between sets, Senator Obama told the audience:

 “For twenty months, I’ve been traveling this country from town to town-even developing a ‘Touch of Grey’ of my own.  And on that journey, I’ve seen Americans who are hurting under the politics and policies of Washington.  They need change, and I am running for President to bring about that change.


“On November 4th, you’ll get to make a choice between two different candidates with two dramatically different visions for our future.  You’ll get to choose which direction you want to take our country.  I believe that now is the time to put Americans back to work and rebuild our middle class; to live up to the promise of affordable health care for everyone; to guarantee a quality education for all our children; to end our dependence on Middle East oil; and to bring this war in Iraq to a responsible end.  We can do all that.  And on November 5th, I hope to announce that we ‘Ain’t Wasting Time No More.’”


The Dead last performed in 2004 on their “Wave That Flag” tour.  In February of this year, Hart, Lesh and Weir played a “Deadheads For Obama” show at the Warfield in San Francisco, and last year Weir, Kreutzmann and Hart performed at a post-inauguration for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.


Bryce Jordan Center
Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA
October 13, 2008

Filmed greeting by Senator Barack Obama

U.S. Blues
Help On The Way>
Franklin's Tower
Playing In The Band>
Dark Star
St. Stephen>
Unbroken Chain>
The Other One>
Throwin' Stones>
Playing Reprise

Touch of Grey>
Not Fade Away

Bob Weir, Warren Haynes, gtr; Phil Lesh, bs; Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, dms; Jeff Chimenti, kbds.


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Joined: Jun 7 2007
penn turning blue

Hey, when Pennsylvania turns blue, we can say yee-ha! And that is because Phil, Bobby, Mickey, Bill, etc. will be paying huge tax increases under Obama, that money will be turned over to us "middle class" Americans. I can't wait! Thank you Obama, Bobby has been dying to pay a million or more in taxes each year, and we can't wait to get our greedy little hands on it.

Thanks, Obama, it was all worth it.

Greg SC

Joined: Aug 22 2007
Penn State turning US BLUE

when the state of Pennsylvania turns blue tonight. it was all worth it. way worth it, guys. thanks again boys. this is just the start for us, though. get on the bus and stay on......

Joined: Nov 13 2007
A Breath of Fresh Air

Thank G-d for Obama having the intellect, morality and luck to lead,
Thank G-d for the Dead that are live,
Thank G-d that the dead rest in peace,
And when the next jam starts,
Feel the music bounce off your ears,
Feel your mind bounce off the crowd,
Think of "Skull and Roses" with his yellow ribbon in his pony tail,
He still remembers the secret, how the grove has the trees lined up, how it felt to have figured it all out, all of us together.

To the band: Thank you guys, it was a breath of fresh air.

Joined: Nov 13 2007

I would have been great to hear Donna singing with the boys. Maybe for a future show?

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Joined: Jun 22 2007
ABB set

Is "available", sort of, on their website. You can't buy it...but it's a bonus disc if you buy their entire 2008 live collection. $100 down now, and a total of around $669 when all the shows are in.


Joined: Oct 14 2008
Sweatshirts & Hoodies for Dead Heads!!!

I made a bunch for the PENN STATE GIG & I have more.

See em here.......LINK.>>>>

STARVING DEADHEAD ARTIST, Thanks for the support!!!

Joined: Aug 18 2008
It twas an official fundraiser!

The whole article is about all the musicians coming out in support for Obama, and it mentions two _official_ Obama fundraisers: Dead/Allman Bros and Springsteen/Billy Joel. So, perhaps it really WAS a fundraiser!

And,. honestly, the only reason he wouldn't want the money is because he wouldn't want ties to the Dead, but if that was the case... why even ask them to play for you??? Also, remember, Barack used to toke up back in the 70's -- you don't think he jammed to some Dead way back then???

Finally, IF Obama didn't take the money, I bet a local PA organization did and using it to fund Obama related events in PA, even though we're not much of a battleground anymore!

- delaney
* Glad to see PA getting it right -- now will the rest of the country???

"Don't be afraid to try something new.
Remember, a lone ameuter built the Arc.
A group of professionals built the Titanic."

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Joined: Oct 1 2008
hand drawn Poster from the event
Joined: Jun 4 2007

The Other Ones, the Dead, and the different line-ups have been alot of fun for me (coming from another 1974 guy).
In my opinon. I see the boys taking chances and jamming like the olden daze. Warren is not Jerry, but it is ridiculous to think anyone could be. The rest of the guys are there and playing well, and whomever they have for lead guitar is OK by me (I would love to see Kimock or Sless with the guys, and would welcome Joan for another tour as well).
And I am hopeful that we will get more chances to see them all together and woudl encourge you to see each of the core 4 with their own bands.
UJS's account as well as yours have me geared up fo the next tour! Thanks much for the reviews and count me in!!!!!

The Truth is realized in an instant, the act is practiced step by step.

Joined: Jun 17 2007
state of mind

i was at the show and was pleasantly surprised how good it was.i have been a deadhead since 1974 and really stopped going to shows in the mid 80` last show was in 1993.i just thought the magic was gone and the playing uninspired.but on the 13th i was shocked how good it was.and warren haynes i thought was fantastic.he didn`t sound to much like jerry.i thought he balanced it perfectly.i heard people complaining before the show even happened that with warren they would sound like the grateful molly. a reference to molly hatchet,a southern rock band.well they did not.the set list was off the charts great,the sound was good(could have been a little louder though).the only complaint i have is some of the new arrangements i didn`t care for and some of the transitions were a little disjointed,but not having a lot of rehearsal time i expected that.i must say i was so glad i drove the 4 hrs.and spent the $100.i bought an extra trying to get a better seat.i`m even hoping for a 48 yrs old i`m thinking of hitting the road again if they are out there.


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