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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 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

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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

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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.

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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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Joined: Jul 2 2007
The lead guitarist debate goes on...

I've talked to people who said that Warren didn't do enough. I've also talked to people that say they'd love to have the DSO dude, so they could sound more like the Grateful Dead again. Here's my take on it...

I don't want Warren to do "his thing" like he does w/ the ABB. He's a GREAT guitarist, but he chose wisely by not coming to the forefront and 'taking over the show' (which he easily could have done). On the flip-side, the DSO guy does Jerry better than almost anyone I've ever heard, BUT - I don't want someone "doing Jerry" (stop it, you dirty minds). Personally, I'm not after Phil, Mickey, Bobby & Billy trying to sound just like they did way back when. I'm more interested in hearing them trying to make NEW magic (the old fashioned way) with the tools available.

I DO think they should have a lead guitarist - to play a solo, to add flavor, etc....but NOT to be the "centerpiece" of the stage. The 'core 4' are the centerpiece, and to me - that's just how it came across Monday night. I think they made the right choice and Warren made the right choice. The 4 of them played blistering stuff, while still getting tripped up a bit here and there (which is the BEAUTY of this music - improvisation and taking CHANCES).

If I want a "Jerry" - there can only be one. Everyone else is a mere imitation and that's not what these guys should be putting out.

For the TOUR, here's what I think they should do...

Pick a keyboardist and a guitarist from a local jam-band (GD cover or original) from each town on the tour. Have NO shows throughout the tour on consecutive nights, so that they can have one day with a little rehearsal with their picks, then the show the next day. THAT'D be FUN!!!

Keyboards: Chimenti over Barracco any day - props to Rob's busy-ness....great player, too many notes. Chimenti was tasty and perfectly under-stated.

~ Pappy

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

Joined: Sep 24 2008
about the $

I seriously read somewhere that the campaign didn't accept $ from this show, however, I cannot find the article to support myself at the moment. That being said, if you scroll up, you will notice in the paragraphs above, it does NOT mention a thing about the concert benefiting Obama, it actually says to concert was held "to raise awareness for Senator Barack Obama and the upcoming November 4 election." Sooooooooooo...without my article for support, make your own conclusion, but I know what I read, just not where I read it.

Whatever the case may be, we are so glad they chose to reunite, thought the entire show-Allman Bros. and the Dead rocked, the parking lot scene was pretty cool, folks were great, from the old-timers, to the young college kids, it was a great evening, and we (my family!) cannot wait for Spring 09!

And, as stated a few times here, our country desperately needs change-Go Obama! Deadheads VOTE-it's your privledge, don't waste a precious gift. Whomever you choose, at least get in there and vote!! That's the message, Nov. 4, VOTE.

Joined: Sep 24 2008

If you took a piss in the parking lot pottys, you couldn't miss the huge trash bins and the rolls, and rolls, and rolls of blue recycle adults need directions on how to figure out a way to clean up their own trash????????

Obviously, by the look of the lot the next morning, but seriously-all the "environmentalists", bunch of is always embarrassing to see lots after Dead shows...people NEED to be more respectful, and seriously, instead of putting a bumper sticker on your van, put your trash in a can!!

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Joined: Sep 12 2007

I can remember at the dead/allman bros show in dc in 73 that if you filled a bag with garbage, you were given a free ticket to the next days show. Obviously there wasn't a second show here, but why couldn't someone make an announcement about helping to pick up the trash and where trash bags could be found?


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