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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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Grateful Canuck's picture
Joined: Jun 17 2008
Great Show

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

johnman's picture
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.

Hal R's picture
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

johnman's picture
Joined: Dec 26 2007
nw show

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

Joined: Jun 5 2007
SF Bay Area Show

Just listened to the stream, soooooooo jealous they better play a show out here in there own backyard....come on Bay Area Dead Heads speak up!!!!

Joined: Oct 8 2008
Matt From Indy

me and my uncle saw the rainbow as we pulled in and parked.. awesome.. I believe they were actually what you call "sundogs".. anyway I skipped the Allman Brothers set at that point (a scalper was selling floor seats for $30!!) and went in for a big massive Wharf Rat meeting in the hall behind the stage (we will survive!).. Then went up in the nosebleeds, stage left and a little behind the stage and ended up dancing and spinning on a spotlight pad that wasn't being used up at the top of the arena. It was freakin awesome, and I saw so many good friends out on Shakedown Street that I only see on tour. The jams were a little rough but the show over all was incredible. We drove 1100 miles in two days but I am so so so glad I came, even if I don't agree with the band participating in political activities (jerry must be rolling in his grave!)..

Joined: Nov 18 2007
Change Rocks

Dead For a bigger Gov't? I buy your music not your politics.

deerjeff's picture
Joined: Jun 14 2007
failed to mention

Should have mentioned the Allmans did a nice job, Susan was a treat!

deerjeff's picture
Joined: Jun 14 2007

Unlike some of the other post, the show; at best, was weak. I have seen hundreds of them and this one ranks among the worst. Bobby cannot lead the band, Bobby cannot lead the band, do I need to repeat myself! This was a slap together show and it was evident from the get go. Don't blame the crowd or the venue, the band was flat, unrehearsed, overly loud, and fighting for the lead. Having Warren on the stage and not taking advantage of his talent was a huge mistake.
Sorry folks, if you want me to fall in line with all the others and say "it was awsome" it was anything but.
On a positive note the weather was great and the atmosphere with the fans was equally as good.
I will stick to the Phil Shows, it seems he is more concerned about what comes of the stage not who is on it.
Did I mention I would like 1/2 my ticket price refunded since the second 1/2 of the show was not worth the ink on the ticket. Feel free to share your opions with me personally, I am not a Dead basher just expect more from the boys.
" you do not merely want to be the best of the best. You wanrt to be considered the only ones who do what you do" ...Jerry Garcia

Joined: Jul 20 2007
It was a lack of trash cans

in front of the venue was a mountain of trash and cans and bottles ...duh there were NO trash cans there...the man said that they never showed up for the show. The lots could of used some more cans too, only bags for recycles which were left everywhere. They should of been more prepare!

Over all a grate time!!


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