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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 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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Joined: Jun 17 2008
Great Show

GD Radio played the concert yesterday (Oct.14) sounded great.

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Joined: Dec 26 2007

you have a point hal, but it always seems to be too dry and the security ALWAYS sux. wish there was a better spot.

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
another opinion

Love shows at the Gorge; for me and my group of friends, it is just exactly perfect. It is much closer to Northern Rockies than Seattle or Portland and we need a show inland for those of us in Northern Rockies. We got mountains, we just don't get Dead shows. Gorge is a point where both coastal and mountain folks can gather to listen and dance.

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

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Joined: Dec 26 2007
nw show

we're starvin' up here too!! just not the gorge, pls!!


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