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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.

 

CHANGE ROCKS SETLIST
Bryce Jordan Center
Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA
October 13, 2008

Filmed greeting by Senator Barack Obama

Truckin'>
U.S. Blues
Help On The Way>
Slipknot!>
Franklin's Tower
Playing In The Band>
Dark Star
St. Stephen>
Unbroken Chain>
The Other One>
Throwin' Stones>
Playing Reprise

Encore:
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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Last night

I agree with TJ that doing these shows without Jerry leaves the guys in a conundrum - either get someone to play like Jerry or get someone totally different. Too much like Jerry and they sound like a cover band of themselves (not a criticism having played in a GD cover band for 20+ years) - or go in a different direction and I would count Warren Haynes in that group. He's an awesome guitarist and vocalist and has moments of brilliance with the boys but he has a very different approach to playing. While he is an excellent improviser the music as an ongoing conversation that the Dead is not what he is versed in. He seems to get a little lost in the subtleties, transitions, etc. Since there is no map or predetermined direction he seems tentative as to when to interject himself and when to lie low. Hell, the Grateful Dead didn't always get this right with Jerry but when they did it was magic. That being said, I had a great time at the show. The song selection was very adventurous and if they fell flat a few time so be it. I thought Phil was spot on and Bobby was great other than a few obligatory lyric tweaks, it's always great to listen to Mickey and Billy chase each other around the one. It wouldn't be a Grateful Dead show without warts and this show had its fair share but it was great to hear them dust the rust off the old tunes and put on a show. I hope they can work it out and go on tour this Spring.

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Dont forget Billy and Mickey

Wow, those boyz tore it up from start to finish. When the boyz dont play together much, you really appreciate what Billy and Mickey bring to the mix. What a psychadelic show it was. Anyone who complains should just jump off the bus. These boyz are the best and only band that can pull off jams like that. The changes the exploration- WOW. Bring on more!!

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worht every mile to get there

sixstringsmoreorlesh i disagree on the segue jams there were many fine dead jams that highlighted the show including

"SLIPKNOT" jam after "HELP ON THE WAY"

jam in "Dark Star"

jammin' the middle of "St.Stephen"

segue jam from 'Throwin Stones" into "Playin in the Band" reprise to close the show

and the second encore being "NFA" means they are coming back ?...............

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Hope we win!

I never heard of this wklitz stream; I'm gonna try it now...hot...Obama...hisself...

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Foggy Valley

Boy was it foggy on the way home this morning from State College!!!

Had a gr8 thyme with old friends and new the only down point was the parking lot....with the police running up and down the rows busting people even sitting in their car minding their own business...but i guess they where breakin the law.....Just wish the boys would have filled the Philly Spectrum instead..in fact if it came down to it i think Philly has more schools to rally up if that was what they where looking for......

But we where all there for the MUSIC and the music LIVES WITHIN US ALL....
For not playin together for several years i think the boys sounded gr8.....with like a gr8est Hit setlist the music just PHilled the air with song....From the begining lines of TRUCKIN to the last clap of the hands to the beat of the heart because we know our LOVE WILL NOT FADE AWAY........

Bobbys last words last nite should be remembered.................

he quoted Hunter S. Thompson
If every Dead Head in the state Florida would have voted in 00 we would be living in a different world today........................

So you Pa. Dead Heads i think Bobby was trying to tell you something

Let The Words Be Yours, I'm Done With Mine.......................

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I agree

TJ Crowley said: . For those who choose to criticize segs, consider the fact that the "leader walked off", and Phil and Bobby are in the uncomfortable position of having to direct the jams, particularly toward transition times. Not to sound too obnoxious, but in the old days, they simply had "to be" and allow jerry to gently lead...that vacuum creates problems which we all have to accept.

It can also be a lesson in humility to watch Bob and Phil try to do that which Jerry never really had to think about.

I completly agree with this statement, I acknowlege that to be very much part of the situation that ocuurs during key transisitions and alos during "reeling it in" at several bridge points between songs/jams/ ect..... WELL PUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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last nite

tj crowley

and oh! before i'm chastised...on an off nite, 'the boys' are on

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expectation

tj crowley

yes you are correct...'the higher my expectations the lower my serenity'

and i can/couod be argumenttative/judgemental

as for jer always leading the boys, i don't suport..if you follow over the years, 'ace' has tended to be the anchor reigning in jer from outer tonal zones...last nite, phil laid down a great lower range of support while jeff pulls the boys from a too passive a warren...bill/mickey were tight as well open to booby's re-directing (ie/ pick up the tempo for seque into faster dark start). historiucally it's always been joked that 'ace' always wanted to lead the boys and it would be obvious when bobby would lay down a riff w/o jer/phil responding and he would shake his head laying down the pattern again...last nite, booby was louder than usual adding his impressive rhythem/lead chords that only he does (well..maybe keith richards comes close).
my posting was not so much a blemish but rather an honest appraisal...as for warren..i've been listenning tom him since he played w/ david allen coe and recognized his genius but last nite after a HOT bros. set he struggled w/ keeping his string hand on the neck seeking help w/ wiping it into his tee shirt
yes..decreased expectation..increased serenity
'blessed are those that do not expect for they shall not be disappointed''

thnaks for your feed-back/in-put

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expectation

I always keep expectations very low in the post-jerry era of dead permutations and combinations. Thank god for low expectations...this show was really enjoyable. For those who choose to criticize segs, consider the fact that the "leader walked off", and Phil and Bobby are in the uncomfortable position of having to direct the jams, particularly toward transition times. Not to sound too obnoxious, but in the old days, they simply had "to be" and allow jerry to gently lead...that vacuum creates problems which we all have to accept.

It can also be a lesson in humility to watch Bob and Phil try to do that which Jerry never really had to think about. And it is also a lesson in humor watching Mickey try to control the flow into Dark Star, as Phil grabs the reigns away from him!! Once again, the manifestation of a vacuum in leadership and human nature colliding in space.

As for Warren, he erred on the side of respect. We all know what a fine "Jerry" he can be...it had nothing to do with being tired or worn out. He too was put in an uncomfortable position...this felt like Bob and Phil's show, and Warren eased in soft and slow.

Finally, it was clear that the band rehearsed...you can't just walk in and almost pull off Help or Slipknot, or Ashes, or Unbroken Chain. Those songs at least required the boys backstage an hour before the set walking through changes...trust me.

No criticism from me. If anything, I miss the voice the most.

"..one good thing, one good thing, when it hits you feel no pain..."

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will there be more ????

please inform them, that we as the fans really need more. we need more. we need more. i or should i say we really would like to see them again PLEASE TOUR !!!!

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