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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: 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-

Joined: Jun 4 2007
penn stste show

RODGER ALLINSON it was all i expected and then some the music was just awsome and seeing some old friends from all my years on tour made it a great time the allmans set was really good and when warren came out and played withmickey phil bill and bobby it was a show beyond discription i can't wait for the show to come out on disc and the summer tour we're all hoping for and expecting JERRY LIVES and in my mind he was with us peace.

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Joined: Jul 2 2007

5Jesters - thanks for the clarification. That sounds plausible. Anyway - I agree with a whole lotta what you said. Hope you had as great a time as I had. I'd LOVE to be able to see something of the Spring Tour - but my travellin' days are over. If they come to Pittsburgh, I'll be there.

Obama / Biden 2008

~ 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
Amen Brother

Couldn't have said it better, Cosmic, and here's to a really long tour!!! They sounded really good together, and personally, I thought the crowd was much more ignited than at recent Phil and Ratdog shows...even the youngsters were having a very good was so nice to hear and see and feel the good vibes.

Didn't see anyone wearing a Dem. Flag, but I did see the green dancing bear, he was GROOVIN'.

Joined: Aug 22 2007
Gorge Ampitheater george, Washington

Make this happen for next year. plenty of camping/recreation on the columbia river. its a livenation venue. i agree with johnman on the security factor. St Helens, Oregon's columbia meadows is much nicer(dead 7/2/04) best shakedown scene after a show i had seen in a while. in fact in '04 the next night up at the Gorge(7-3-04), the dead opened the show with Shakedown Street" i think out of recognition of the party the night before.

Joined: Jun 13 2007

I was at this event and it lived up to all my expectations. Certainly there were one or two rough patches, but the energy level was high and the jams were refreshing, new and complex. Jeff and Warren did an outstanding job and added positive contributions to the core.

Please guys......tour next year........a nice long tasty tour so everyone can get out to see you.

Joined: Aug 22 2007
Wave that Democrat Flag

thanks to the kid in the aisle around section 120 with the giant white DEMOCRAT FLAG that you wore as a cape across your back!!!! mind boggling moves all night long brother.
thanks to everyone for posting the share sights. the wklitz side picks up that drumming tandem i i felt resonate through the floor during the show


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