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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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sixstringsmoreorLesh's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
last nite

tj crowley

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

sixstringsmoreorLesh's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

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 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

raindep's picture
Joined: Jun 23 2007

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 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 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 me.

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

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

BALTIMOREDEAD333's picture
Joined: May 3 2008
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 !!!!

sixstringsmoreorLesh's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

tj crowley

set list looks impressive BUT

warren was a bit weak (possibly the bros. set wore him down where he and derek tore it up)
it was obviosu that bobby got his wish/ lead the boys

thought seque's were a bit weak/un-impressive

josh e bear's picture
Joined: Feb 29 2008
wow what a set-list !! holy smokes !

that is the mother ship !!

Josh E Bear !!

Tedhead's picture
Joined: Sep 8 2007
Ratdog board?

What the hell were they on? From what I can hear, I didn't expect them to sounds this great! If this is them playing with no rehearsal, I can't imagine what some practice would do!

I really hope a tour comes out of this. Warren wasn't my first choice to play with them either, but I've been converted. I love that 'wah" sound. I would follow this band around if I could. Thanks to everyone posting links!

Joined: Aug 21 2007
sounds good

show sounds good! much better than the last time all 4 got together. can someone put this on or explain etree? can't seem to download it there. and what is bit torrent anyway? flac is good enough for me.
see you all in the spring/summer...

Joined: Oct 14 2008
Finally got a miracle

After tour in a blur during the 90s, I got to experience a true miracle! Last night was my first show as a WarfRat. I remembered every song in the set, and I remember every conversation I had. The set was dynamic! The boys were on. I can't believe they've been jammin for 43+ years. Keep on keepin on!

Thanks to the boys and brothers

Life's journey is the reward!


Joined: Oct 14 2008
What a long strange trip its been...

This was an amazing time. Thank you for coming together in State College!

Thank you to the Heavy Pets as well for a kick-ass pre-party and post-party show at the Cafe!


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