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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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Good ol GD's picture
Joined: Feb 19 2008
JOE brother WTF is up?

Hey Joe.

How are you man, It's Dwight from NK. Been a long time man. Your looking well in your pic. Kida wondered if I'd ever see something from you on this site or if you even still alive. I may be back in RI this spring let me know whats going on. So hoping there is some sort of tour this spring / summer I'll have some time off and need some Good Ole Grateful Dead to sooth my soul.

Josef's picture
Joined: Jun 30 2007
The Dead!!! Here we go again... :)

Listening to the show now thanks to the sit. (What's with that name?!?!)

2009 should be some fun times! We all need this. Thanks to all who work so hard to make this happen and thank you for posting the show. Warren sounds good. Jeff sounds good. The guys sound good. It's good!

Phil sounds great on Franklin's! Please post more pictures bros/sis'rs! Let us know where they are. Would love to see some of the vids taken too... uTube it!

I miss you all so much... 41 y/o and starting to feel it.... You all are my 'fountain"! (I know that 40's are the new 30's but I over did it in my younger years... But, God almighty knows that I had some fun!)

Warm and kind regards to you all,

Joe from RI

jjjbaggins's picture
Joined: Jul 16 2007
Official release please!

I echo what cats like CosmicCT say, and hope for an official release. I guess it would have to be a download to be an immediate fundraiser, although I'd rather have something official. Hey, Ratdog did it immediately after shows for awhile. I would gladly pay full price for something to memorialize history in the making on several fronts. Even after the election, I would pay if proceeds somehow went to support Obama's education initiatives, for example.

"The poet lifts his pen, while the soldier sheathes his sword. . ."
-Ian Anderson

beenwaytoolongatsea's picture
Joined: Aug 22 2007


i just got 'un got for each night the 30th and 31st. how terribly cool. just like that. really if you go to those links she tells you to write above, right, you get them, tix, double dip dead all around two nights two bands .... two real members .... in cred ible. billy and mickey will play too i say. some. it almost feels like john lennon could show up and sing imagine w the dead. all bets off

ya !!


Joined: Jun 19 2007
Core 4 + 2

Am enjoying listening to 10/13/08. Has some of that good old loose, flowing GD feel to it. Just wish it weren't juxtaposed with overt, blatant political advocacy as it is. Wonder what ol' Jer would think about a political candidate giving a campaign speech to the 'heads right before and virtually as part of the show. I, for one, don't like it a bit. Time was, the GD was a celebration for EVERYBODY, which was one of the really beautiful and unique things about a GD show. This incarnation attaches a poltical litmus test to the event, which inherently manifests divisiveness, polarization, and conflict. Oh, of course not as long as you don't deviate from the program. Not what I'm accustomed to or am looking for from the GD experience. Everybody wants me to be just like them. The times they are-a-changin'...

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Joined: Jul 2 2007

I missed the first 3 songs 'cause our group thought "eh - they'll never start AT 6:30". I knew better, but still missed "Revival" - my favorite ABB tune (and perfect for the occasion).

ALSO, I think somewhere on this site, I referred to the ABB bassist as "Alfonso". BRAIN FART! They are NOT the Rolling Stones. That was Oteil Burbridge - NOT Alfonso Johnson. I meant to say OTEIL's tone was a bit nicer than Phil's, IMO (still liked the GD set better!).

~ Pappy

"Once in a while you can get shown the light in the strangest of places, if you look at it right." - Robert Hunter

Good ol GD's picture
Joined: Feb 19 2008

Thanks carrie-o
Thats a purty nice, Stoned Me, wow. Believe I saw JGB do that once, Anyway thank you again and I hope I get to see them play somewhere, somtime this spring.

Look inside yourself, and if you don’t see what you want,
Maybe sometimes then you don’t,
But leave your mind alone and just get high.

Joined: Oct 16 2008
for Good ol GD

Hey now, I got this set list from Hittin' the web with the ABB.

Statesboro Blues
Who's Been Talking
Midnight Rider
One Way Out
And It Stoned Me
Dreams (with Ron Holloway, sax)
Don't Think Twice (with Susan Tedeschi, guitar & vocals; Ron Holloway, sax; James van der Bogert, drums)
Anyday (with Susan Tedeschi & Oteil, vocals)
Trouble No More
Ain't Wastin' Time No More
E: Whipping Post

Good ol GD's picture
Joined: Feb 19 2008
Oh I forgot

I forgot why I first opened this forum

Still would like to see a set list from the ABB, someone just got's to have it.

Good ol GD's picture
Joined: Feb 19 2008
Yea pick up after yourselves dammit, keep the scene clean!

Pretty sad I get to read about how trashed the place was. Good dirty hippie impression to leave on such a high vis event. I'm sure it wasn't everybody. Maybe just a bunch of hyprocrite college students or ungrateful people just there to see the freak show. Bandwagoneers! Wish I was there maybe for just that reason I would have been the guy in the tophat passing out trashbags. I hope there is a spring tour I will be attending some of these shows. The election will be over so hopefully there will be no drama And we can all be there to enjoy music, FUN and celebrate life and our enjoyment of all things we heads love. I'm sure there were alot of first timers, which we were all at on time, at this show that may have seen the light and can't wait for the bus to leave the station. So we who have been around a while need to reach out and shed a little light and keep the scene clean.

Anyone remember when the the Dead last played as the Warlocks and why. The Grateful Dead was not allowed inside the Hampton city limits with there traveling circus. So the billing was changed to the Warlocks which most of us of course got it. This was the late 80's and I remember the scene to be pretty bad at the time. I know that Some cities on the mention of Grateful Dead still say not no but fuck no.

So keep the scene clean and have FUN


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