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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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NYsteve's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007


Sounds sooooo good. Lots of people, LOTS were downloading....usually takes 30 mins or so on bt.etree to d/l a show...this one I had speeds of 1.5 meg/sec and it finished in like 7 minutes!!! THANK YOU TAPERS!!!!!

..even a blind man knows when the sun is shinin' can feel it!..

blackandwhitepeter's picture
Joined: Sep 30 2007
Wishing I was there, with Sken the hen, of course!

Sounds like one hell of a show to me! What a set list. Are rumors true that the boys may be doing a summer tour this year. Anyone know?

aaron's picture
Joined: Jun 12 2007
Thank you...for a real good time!

Well, they kept me dancin' all night! A nice show with lots of big jams. The transitions were a little rough, but the tunes were hot!

Thanks to both bands for a fine evening!

How about a spring tour????

cactuswax's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
thanks Dr. Owsley..

gonna spend the morn pretending I was there...

sounds great so far,
thanks again!

Sunshine-daydream1951's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007

streamed here

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Spanish Jam

Joined: Jun 22 2007
Double Rainbow

Did everybody see the double rainbow on either side of the Bryce Jordan Center for awhile in the late afternoon? The cool atmospheric phenomenon legends continue...The crowd was really laid back and there was a nice mix of old timers and the kids who are still coming out in droves to see the boys (after 43 years and counting! The faces really do stay the same.) The Allman Brothers came out and blew the roof off the place, and then the Dead treated us to a beautiful set with Bobby and Phil clicking as usual and laying down tasty, dynamic rhythms, Warren and Jeff jamming away with unusual power, and Billy and Mickey having some serious fun. Both bands were ON! A gorgeous day filled with kind vibes and kinder jams, prefaced by the aforementioned rainbows. Woo-hoo!

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Joined: Jun 6 2007

Thank you Keith Litzenberger for your quick posting of this show. We're bound to cover just a little more ground. Listening to the stream and downloading from bt.tree as I type.

Many thanks again.

"When I die bury me deep, put two speakers at my feet, pair of ear phones on my head, and always play The Grateful Dead."

Joined: Sep 19 2008
Listen to it right now!
Joined: Sep 19 2008
here's the show!!!
Joined: Oct 13 2008

Thank you all. Time to hit the hay!


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