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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 25 2007
day of show tickets

Releasing tickets on the day of a show (or a few days before) happens for pretty much every arena-sized concert - no matter who it is or how fast it initially sells out. It wasn't a sham. That's just how ticket sales work. It's been that way for at least 20 years.

Joined: Oct 16 2008
change show

What a sham it was the concert was supposedly sold out within days of posting tickets, I had to gothrough a scalper website to pay a huge fee, only to realize the tickets went on sale again the day of show there were so many extra tickets that people couldnt give them away. I ve been going to shows since 85 and never had seen anything like that but its not been a long time since the dead or whats left of them has become political. I wonder if the fake sell out was a sham for the obama campaign to collect more for thetickets, it would be easy to find out for i have the girls name who originally bought the ticket. I wonder who she works for. As for the dead fuck politics and key on music, lets not forget folks that the dead is a multimillion a year corporation and dont have the little guy in mind any more its been a long time since those old rich guys were young poor hippies a very long time.

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Joined: Jan 17 2008
Once again, it was great to

Once again, it was great to see all the Boys pounding away. It doesnt matter really what they play or how they play, we have learned to live and cherish ALL of it. That doesnt change the fact that the show was on the very weak side of things, as I could have more or less expected. A LOT of missed opportunities by Warren, who absolutely smoked with the AB, leading me to believe that we were in for one helluva night. Not to be! Phil was pretty much hiding in the corner, Warren never came out of his corner (so to speak), on the opposite side, and Bobby hanging in the middle with nowhere left to hide. After all, His job is to shed light, not to master!
The good news...Ill be there the next time, and the next time, and the next time, until there is no next time, and will THEY!!!

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
everyone here

The discussion about this show has been one of the best I have seen since this site started. Thank you for this high level of discourse about the musicians, performance etc. It has been fun to read and given me smiles and insights.

I have listened to the show several times and was hoping that Warren would have let it rip wide open. Oh well, still am enjoying it for what it is. A nice night with some ups and a little rust but lots of joy. I am just so glad they got together and happy that so many of you had such a good time.

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
William Blake

Joined: Jun 22 2007
Thank You, Keith Litzenberger!!!

Thanks to Keith for doing a superlative job of recording and processing this show. What a kind AUD.

Joined: Jun 22 2007
Step out of the past and into some CHANGE

No $ went to Obama? Then why was I asked questions related to political contributions when I purchased the tickets from Ticketmaster? And the title of the show was: Change Rocks: A Concert to Benefit Obama for America. You're mistaken.

Also, everybody seems to have an opinion about how band members should play and that sort of thing. Hasn't everybody noticed by now that the Dead have always done whatever the hell they felt like? And God love 'em for it! If you want them to sound a certain way, then stick to some old recordings from that era.

This show was great. When the crowd erupted as Phil began singing "Franklin's Tower," the emotion was just overwhelming. Thanks to the Dead and to the Allman Brothers and also to Penn State University for providing a friendly atmosphere for such a beautiful show.

Joined: Oct 15 2008

to the most holy person that posted the obama rally thank you i was in class at the culinary inst. of america and could not attend you are truely a bless

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
This rocked

Would love to see a tour, but I'm damn happy they not only played together again but that they rocked! The audience recording is great! I can't and won't stop listening to it. Rock on, old dudes!

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Joined: Jun 23 2007
bitchin' and moanin'

I can't believe that anyone would call this great, or horrible. Somewhere in between, therein lay the truth. The fact is, anytime Bob keeps the slide in his pocket is by definition a good night to start. Secondly, anytime Mickey Hart is forced to keep all his drum toys in the flight case, that is good omen as well. Egos in check...check'm at the door boys. Just play some music and do your best with what y'got...that is what we got on the 13th at Penn State.

Concerning a possible upcoming tour, and the choice of guitarist...please, please lets not bring up Jackie's name. He can't do the job. He probably never saw Jerry play live. The ideal candidate would be the jerry clone in DSO....I know this is weird for the existing living Grateful Dead members, but let's face it...if you want to sound like the Dead, sound like Jerry, the dude from DSO is the best living Garcia disciple. Herring is great, Warren is a jukebox of classic rock seemless riffing, Derek is a unique stylist, but none sound like or want to sound like Jerry. I want to hear someone actually trying to fufill his job, his role, his responsibilities to the Dead's is almost useless for the band to tour if they don't make a concerted effort to "search for the sound"...Jerry's sound. Its really readily available and abudant...Trey could probably do it really well if asked to check his own ego at the door.

Anyway, let's also avoid Rob Baracco...bless his heart, the guy plays more notes in a single song than Keith ever played in an entire set....less is more.

" good thing, one good thing, when it hits you feel no pain..."

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Joined: Jul 15 2008
lets see a tour!! i will Fly if i have to!

For Next Summer,, i will now say a prayer to see This Line Up, with The Allman Bros Band, and The Dead,, the two finest Rock and Roll Bands to ever tour This Fine Land,, lets see it,, One More Saturday Night!! the Allman Bros Band and The Dead, !!! u couldent ask for more!! early 70s style, the best there is!!! Estproph-


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