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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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jbloomrosen's picture
Joined: Jun 11 2007
Sizzlin' Sweet Sounds

Wow! From the opening notes of "Truckin" you could tell this was gonna be one hot show. The guys were in fine form, and played a particularly rocking set Monday night. If you happened to be lucky enough to be there, you know from whence I speak. Did I just say "from whence I speak"?

Anyway - highlights included a powerful ""Dark Star > St. Stephen" into Phil singing a great "Unbroken Chain," (my personal favorite - yay!) and, well... the rest of the show, to tell ya the truth!

My big complaints, as if I deserve any:

I really feel that Warren, whom I love and respect dearly, is in one too many bands playing in THIS band; I just feel he makes The Dead sound too much like Gov't Mule and The Allmans, and long for another, more unique guitarist in his stead. Jimmy Herring maybe? His tour with The Dead was great.

And bluntly, I hate Jeff Chimenti's obsessively dissonant riffing. I don't even play keyboards, but think I could manage to bang on them fairly similarly at times! Where are the sweet keyboards of Keith, or Brent, Or Vince, or Rob Barraca? Who would, and has, made an oh so much better keyboard player for the band; and if the guys do tour again, I WISH they'd bring Rob back for it. Even when The Dead had both of them, the show's were infinitely better for it. Come on guys, get him back into the fold!

Okay - enough bitching.

"Help > Slipknot" was tight and exciting, and "Throwin' Stones," always a sure crowd pleaser, was as powerful as could be. "Playing" was, as always, rocking and fun, and "U.S. Blues" was certainly an appropriate choice for the night, given the Obama benefit factor.

Overall - A great show and, hopefully, a taste of things to come. I've definitely got my fingers crossed. The guys were truly ON Monday evening - like a frying pan with the chicken sizzlin' in it; as hot as could be, and promising of tasty things to come!

Oh yeah, The Allmans kicked ass! Derek Trucks is THE BEST guitarist in the world today, no doubt in my mind! Gregg seemed healthy and sang up a deep fried Southern storm, as he is wont to do; and Warren, in his element HERE, blew us all away. The percussionists, as usual, backed the whole shindig up tightly and efficiently.

Finger Lickin' Good Times For All! Yee-ha!

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
as the psu college news reports it

Posted on October 14, 2008 4:59 AM
Jam session gets political

Bob Weir, reunited with other members of the Grateful Dead, plays Monday night at a political concert for presidential candidate Barack Obama.

By Mandy Hofmockel and Danielle Vickery
Collegian Staff Writers

The "Change Rocks" concert at the Bryce Jordan Center, which drew 15,000 attendees, including one costumed as a green Jerry Garcia bear and another sporting a cape with a blue and red donkey, let loose Monday night.

Members of the Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead joined Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign to encourage people to volunteer and vote.

At the concert many people rose and swayed, dancing in their seats and some twirled about on the floor. There was a smattering of tie-dyed T-shirts and glow sticks at the venue.

Balloons that read "stoned again" with a marijuana leaf drifted to the floor and so did a few people who climbed from their seats above. The people were promptly escorted away.

Between performances, the campaign took the opportunity to inform those present about Obama and the importance of civic engagement.

Nittany Lion cornerback Lydell Sargeant and other Penn State football players joined quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno on stage to address the crowd.

Sargeant, who said he plays the drums and that Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is an inspiration, encouraged people to get involved and to vote. He also asked people to bring the same pride they have for the now No. 3 college football team to volunteer to make Obama the next president.

Thirty years from now, when Paterno's five young children ask what he did to save the country, he said, he could tell them he helped to get Obama elected president.

Charles Dumas, a theatre professor at Penn State who also spoke at the event, said he has supported Obama since the candidate was a community organizer. He encouraged people to volunteer at the local campaign office.

Dumas brought up an old saying: Vote early and vote often.

"I'm not suggesting that you vote often," Dumas said. But, he added, asking other people like neighbors, roommates and housemates to vote increases an individual's power to influence the election.

Casey Miller, youth vote director for Penn State Students for Barack Obama, also addressed the crowd. She said she hoped half or more of those present in the BJC would get involved with the campaign.

Obama appeared on a screen above the stage to specifically address the BJC crowd, yet his voice could barely be heard over the cheering.

"No matter which candidate you favor, take part in this election," Obama said. He also thanked the Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead, who he called legendary musicians.

The Grateful Dead got a standing ovation before they had even emerged on the stage. During their first song, hundreds of glow sticks erupted from one side of the crowd on the floor of the venue.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
the great part of it

is that the boys got together to jam. Along with the fact that a bunch of old and new heads got a chance to see them work to get the old beast up into the air, AND that this may portend for more good things to come. I am happy for all of you.

"Let there be songs to fill the air"

The Truth is realized in an instant, the act is practiced step by step.

Gratefulhan's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
Nice show, good times

I agree with many of the afore mentioned sentiments. First, it was great to see the boys together again jamming away. As my buddy put it: they weren't playin' around; they went straight into jamming after the Truckin'>U.S. Blues opener. Now, I will say that there were some issues with transitions/segues. I'm sure that they rehearsed, but regaining more smoothness with transitions might come after more playing together.
Regarding Warren: I don't believe that he was tired, but it is possible. I do recall a show I was at in 2002 (Deer Creek) where he played with Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers and then Phil, and he rocked that entire show. However, he was a little tentative with the soloing last night, so it is also possible could have used more rehearsal time. I saw a bunch of P&F shows in 2001 & 2002 and he was amazing during those shows, probably because that incarnation had a lot of playing together time under their belt.

I loved seeing Billy and Mickey together banging away. I forget how powerful they can be especially with Phil's bass booming in. They were all looking like they were having a good time playing. This show had some real nice jams even with the transition issues. Again echoing previous statements, in the post-Jerry incarnations of the band, I am not expecting mind blowing shows, just good music. They sounded real nice last night and they put in the effort. I also think that is important to note that we may not see them all together again anytime soon, so we have to savor these events when they happen.

The only thing that I will say that I was a little disappointed in was that I was hoping for a little more inter-band jamming. For a special occasion, one-off gig like this, I thinking that this would be the case. Either way, I am happy and fortunate to have been able to see this show.

Do or do not; there is no try.

Joined: Jun 15 2007

Some funny comments about the show have been posted.
This wasn't right , this was weak, blah flippin' blah. The only thing that needed to be checked was the audience. Way to show Penn State that the Dead draw people who come and screw up your campus. I am a green deadhead, in two ways. I have been a few actual shows, '89 and after. Just a few. I know "weak" right? I did not dig the scene at all in the '90s. I have road the ratdog (not capitalized) road for far too long. Getting drunk and trying to sing over the band seems to be the usual audience participation these days.Put Rob in and the you had a RATDOG, not a Dead cover band. I Can't visit the dog sight, I don't want to read about a Train-wreck (isn't that a strand or somethin'?) .
Like the Gore years, it didn't happen. Bobby was the leader of the band. Phil, Mickey, and Billy were great, Warren was great! Whatever your hangups are with the show...... you can always not come. Or when you go bowling with Bobby you can talk over lyrics with him. Perhaps when your jogging with Phil, he'll take a minute to listen. Good luck on driving to Hawaii to chat with Billy. Maybe you will bump into Mickey in Washington, D.C. & Maybe not. I'm sure they love your comments. Or maybe they would want to talk about why they performed. OBAMA. Oh, yeah?
So I'm low on Dead shows, bloated with the Dog, and dissapointed/pleased to have Phil's great bands flushed every year or so. Some line-ups better than others, like when Warren practiced for the Dead shows with a couple of Phil's friends, for a few years. Awesome! Let's not mention letting JO dabble with Jerry's lyrics, not just Phil but the whole damn band. Do you want Joan back?
That's my 2 cents worth. Wow I just noticed there is not a cent symbol on my computer keyboard.................................................One in 10,000 come for the show

Joined: Sep 19 2008
great show!!!!


i just love it when no one "leads" the boyz. they just sort of chase each other around all night long. i love it. full of rhythm. this show rocks. warren is great. not leading so much but more blending in. we all know he can rip killer leads all night long. this shows his true musicianship. for a musician to be able to completely mold into a different vibe to fit in with a band that plays much different than his normal style is simply amazing. and he did not overplay at all! props to you warren. your wah sound is just beautiful. reminds me of the old days.
check out my music page...
c'mon Mr. Haynes, you know you want to invite me to jam with ya:):):)

mrngdo's picture
Joined: Jun 12 2007
last night

A good night and well worth the trip to PA. Those who continually draw the comparison to the days before will continually set themselves up for disappointment. It will never be the same and that's just how it is.

So enjoy what we have, enjoy what they give us now.They came back together after 4 years to give us a real good time! I had a real good time.....

Miss you Jerry!

Steve-O's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

FOR A REAL GOOD TIME!!!!! Now about 12 hours of sleep to recover. I hope they do a spring summer tour, had to travel solo. My wife would really enjoy a grate show.

Joined: Jun 30 2007
Support Barack

Thank you tapers! For those of us who live far away, having a good recording hours after the performance is just great.

Thank you Barack Obama for having the courage to associate with us outlaws.

Thank you Phil, Bob, Mickey, Billy, Jeff, Warren, Greg and everyone else who made this possible. A love for real.

Everyone, get out and vote. Being apolitical for most of my life was a mistake. Things have just gotten too far out of hand not to vote. Please vote and help your friends and family vote.



patdog's picture
Joined: Sep 23 2007
Calico Kaliope come tell me the news!

Sounds great!! I think Phil gets a boost from Bobby. Just Bob and Warren is a great guitar balance, bring back The Grateful Dead! (and The Allman Bros and both should tour continuously until the sky falls!) I want more.....

"Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke!"


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