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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 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.

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Joined: Jun 14 2007
failed to mention

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

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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!!

Joined: Jun 6 2007
Great show!

From start to finish, this was indeed a great show. The halftime entertainment was a little weak, even for us Penn State fans, but the Allmans rocked and the Dead were impressive. It was good to see Phil smilin' through the show. The only problem with the night was the audience. I am a Happy Valley resident and have heard many complaints about the condition of the parking lots after the show. A few of my co-workers also work as lot attendants and they told me that the lots were in worse shape Monday night than on a football weekend that draws 110,000 people. They said the amount of trash left in the lots was unbelievable. I don't know if it was the vast amount of young heads there who don't know parking lot etiquette or just plain stupidity. I will always support the music of my favorite band, but it sucks being embarrassed by the childish behavior of other fans. Sorry to bring some bad vibes into this thread, but if we want to keep seeing great music, we need to respect the venues and teach our children well.
Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams
to another land

Joined: Jun 22 2007
Chimenti had a lumpy head (and he rocked)

Hey, WavyDavy, don't forget about the shooting star in '84 or the rain in Pittsburgh in '95 or all the other weird atmospherics over the years.

I'd like to add that the enthusiasm for Obama and excitement over the Dead being together again made this entire day a singular experience. It was the hippest. And thanks to the tapers who did a great job on the recording and got this one out quickly so that people everywhere can enjoy it (and be able to make up their own minds about the show instead of just reading message boards.)

Joined: Jun 21 2007
WHAT A SHOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Personaly,I think the BOY'S were in TOP FORM..The whole night was full of ENERGY..Even AB ,JAMMMMED !!The whole night was a highlight,but the real highlight for me was''THE OTHER ONE''!! TWO THUMB'S UP !!! THANK YOU!! FOR A REAL GOOD TIME!!!!!! PEACE...

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Joined: Jun 12 2007
help for scarletbegonias1313 & hamal

Hiya everybody! If you both still need help with bit torrents I can walk you through it. It's easy when you get the knack of it!

Don't private message me since I don't seem to have that function right now. If you need help post here and I'll share an email address.

Cheers....and last night was so much fun!


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