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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

Too bad Jerry's not still around to enforce his no politics on stage rule. We hear enough of this crap everywhere else. And please, Barrack quoting the Allman Brothers... Jerry's probably rolling his eyes in his grave!

Joined: Sep 24 2008

I read somewhere, reliable but can't remember offhand, (maybe an article on ) that this concert was NOT for Obama in the sense of generating cash for him, but more about making young people aware of him and registering new voters, etc...thus I guess, all of the campaigners and the video about Obama.

I doubt he wanted to have an association with the Dead after all the McCain/Palin BS...there was absolutely no media there at all that I saw, just two cameras videoing the concert from the front of each side of the stage, not sure for what-maybe the Dead's guys, or maybe Penn's people? Anyone hear about this?

I personally have no issue at all with the Dead supporting Obama, I actually applaud them for speaking out. Back when they were young, the condition of the world was different, and they did not take into consideration their own children, and their children's children's futures.... a lot is at stake in this election, and I think it's great that they offered Obama their support. We do not know what Jerry's reaction would be in such a time in our lives....but we cannot dwell on it, we must live. We need a country united, not divided, and like some poster said, it's not just about taxes (yes, the Dead and the Allman Brothers will pay more), but it's about much, much more than worrying about taxes.

I am happy to hear they are doing a Spring tour. It seems like the time is right for the Dead to rise up, sleepy ole' Heads to wake up, and new Heads to be born. The world needs the Dead, and not just old tapes floating around...time for the real Deal again.

We heard rumors that Jackie was gearing up to jump in, not sure if this is 100% true, but he sounds like he'd be a great fit...can't wait for Spring and to hear and see what they can do! After seeing them, not playing together for soo long and jamming 14 tunes nonstop, I for one am psyched for the possibilities this Spring and Summer. Cannot wait!!!!!

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Joined: Jul 2 2007

How do you know that no $$ went to Obama? That hardly makes sense, but I believe you if you tell me you've got the source.

I agree - smashing concert!! I put my reveiw on the Deadheads for Obama / Part 2 thread. I was VERY impressed by the band. I didn't notice any "rust" by any means. A few flubs in lyrics - but that's ALWAYS been the case. I thought the core 4 put out an amazing show.

I'm in complete agreement with the fact that a bunch of people showed up just for a party. MAN, I wish they'd get over that. It'll never happen, but I wish I could attend a show where EVERYONE was there, simply for the music and was mindful of their surroundings. There was way too much trash laying around post-show. I cleaned up a bit down the row near our car, but other than that, I was pooped!! Must be gettin' old.

~ 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
trash in the lots

People left the lots in disarray, as usual...too worried about partying, and Shakedown, and then getting out of the lots after the show. Had anyone bothered to look, near every port-o-pot stall, there were not only trash/recycle bins, but rolls, and I mean serious rolls of blue bags to pack trash in. It was sad to see the same ol' same ol' in the lot the mornin' after the show....I thought people cared more about our environment. It would have been nice to see folks clean up, but there were isles of trash littering the entire lots.

Show was great though, don't let these dismal people tell you otherwise...the Dead wasn't just plying a political gig, they were playing to their fans, big time. It was one hell of an evening. And, no $ went to Obama, they basically played because Phil asked them to on behalf of his son, and they all like Obama for our country...there was no ranting on about who you should vote for, just Obama's video "Helllo", Phil's typical "organ donor" plea at the end, and Bobby's quote about if every Deadhead in FLA had voted in 2000...which, people, think about...

I too would like a link for the Allman Brothers set if anyone has it. Post that up here, please!

Seriously, what a smashin' concert - it went on until nearly 12:30 AM!! I thought the Dead rocked. And so did my spouse. We were impressed, even with the kinks, and Bobby ill, Warren playing friggin' ALL night, you had to be there, truly awesome. Glad we had Grandma watch the kids and drive in, the beauty of the day, evening, people and show were worth it.

Joined: Jun 21 2007
Bound to Cover Just a Little More Ground

I appreciate every thing about the show - from Warren's low key playing, being behind the stage to watch the intimate interplay between the band, the jams and segues, the thundering bass-drum link, Bobby's strong voice ....The autumnal drive set the tone for a magnificent time. (There was at least one giant recycle bin in the lot and you can always carry out your trash)

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Joined: Jun 13 2007

Hey nah!
I embedded the stream onto my blog, and it includes the ABB set, all in all about 260 minutes worth give or take a few, too bad I can't find the ABB set to d/l...yet.


Not Fade Away!

Joined: Feb 14 2008
loud and a bit rusty

I loved the show, but agree that the band was a bit rusty and the sound was rediculously loud. Personal highlight for me was the Franklin's Tower. St.Stephen was awesome as well.Allman's rocked too and met Derek Trucks twive while walking through town/campus! Hope the boys do a lot more rehearsals before potential Spring tour.

Joined: Sep 24 2008
"rumor" confirmed

Relix is confirming a Spring 2009 tour by all of the surviving members of The Grateful Dead:

Sources confirm that the surviving members of the Grateful Dead — guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh,and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann — are planning to tour in April and May of 2009.

There’s no word yet on the band’s configuration — previous configurations of “The Dead” and The Other Ones have included singer-guitar hero Warren Haynes, guitar ace Jimmy Herring, singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi, singer Joan Osborne, keyboardists Jeff Chimenti and Rob Baracco, as well as guitarists Mark Karan and Steve Kimock.

Source: Relix Magazine

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Joined: Feb 19 2008
ABB Setlist

Ciao all, anyone tell me what the ABB played. oh do tell.

Joined: Jul 7 2008

spring '09 tour? is this true


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