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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Dead, Allman Brothers Band Play Benefit Concert for Obama

posted by on October 14 at 10:54 AM

Not to encourage complacency in the populace, but when a presidential candidate has the support of the Dead (reunited sans the late, sainted Jerry Garcia, of course) and the Allman Brothers Band, it’s pretty much a lock. (The Rednecks for Obama bandwagon picks up steam! Still, vote Nov. 4! Often!)

The concert, dubbed “Change Rocks,” happened last night at Penn State University’s Bryce Jordan Center and was intended to “raise awareness” for Barack Obama, who’s been tragically out of the media spotlight for the last couple of years. The two-hour set at the sold-out 15,000-capacity venue included the improv-psych classic “Dark Star” and 14 other songs. Full press release after the jump, but first, check out this press conference with Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, and Mickey Hart and a live performance of “Dark Star” from Aug. 1972.

“Dark Star”

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 Jeff Chimenti on keyboards and Allman Brothers Band/Gov’t Mule 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 Grammy-winning, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band—founded as the Grateful Dead in 1965—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 their native San Francisco, and last year Weir, Kreutzmann and Hart performed at a post-inauguration for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

For more information on the Dead, go to www.dead.net.

Here’s the whole set list:
Truckin’
U.S. Blues
Help on the Way
Slipknot
Franklin’s Tower 
Playin’ In The Band
Dark Star 
St. Stephen
Unbroken Chain
Other One 
Throwin’ Stones
Playin’ In The Band (Reprise)

Encore:
Touch of Grey 
Not Fade Away

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1

thanks for posting that dark star video. that song always puts me in a fantastic mood.

Posted by jfresh | October 14, 2008 1:34 PM
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the dead jams were both fresh and polished--not an especially "risky" evening; they played a lot of best-known "hits" for people who have never seen them in concert, but there were some wonderful moments for seasoned dead heads, too. the venue was pretty relaxed, and we got to help promote obama! all in all, a special evening and a concert befitting a president!

Posted by connie | October 14, 2008 5:15 PM
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JERRY RIP WE MISS YOU BUDDY PLAY A SONG FOR ME IN HEAVEN, WE NEED A MIRACLE DOWN HERE JERRY, I MEAN REALLY A MIRACLE, DOOD DID YOU SEE THE STOCK MARKET TODAY JERRY? ITS BEEN LIKE THAT FOR THE LAST FEW WEEKS. YOU REALLY KICKED THE BUCKET AT THE RIGHT TIME JERRY, YOU MAY HAVE BEEN IN THE DARK BUT MAN JERRY, GEORGE BUSH FOR ANOTHER 8 YEARS IS REALLY FUCKED UP JERRY, DAMN DOOD WE MISS YOU, I BET YOUR PLAYING THE BEST FUCKING SHOW IN HEAVEN BROTHER: CHINA --> EYES --> MIRACLE --> TOUCH --> DARK STAR --> EYES --> NEW SPEEDWAY --> DARK STAR --> RIDER.. FUCKIN SMOKIN SET DOOD, THATS MY DREAM SET MAN, MY DREAM SET, AND MAN JERRY WE NEED THAT SHIT SOON, WISH YOU WERE HERE BROTHER, WISH YOU WERE HERE. REMEMBER HOW YOU SAID 'ID RATHR BE WITH YOU'? WELL YOUR NOT WITH US JERRY, SO IM JUST DOWN HERE ON EARTH BEING A RAINBOW WARRIOR FOR YA BRO.

Posted by imissjerry@yahoo.com | October 15, 2008 7:56 PM

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