CHANGE ROCKS: The Dead Play For Obama


Surviving members of the Grateful Dead reunited on stage last night for the first time in 4 years. It was for what they called “Change Rocks”, a benefit concert to raise awareness for Senator Barack Obama and the upcoming November 4 election. The benefit also featured the Allman Brothers Band.

Here is the setlist for the show and the transcript of Sen. Barack Obama’s filmed greeting to the sold-out audience:

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

Filmed greeting by Senator Barack Obama:

“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.’”

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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CHANGE ROCKS: The Dead Play For Obama

3 thoughts on “CHANGE ROCKS: The Dead Play For Obama

    1. halmasonberg says:

      Something tells me Jerry probably wouldn’t have considered himself a Libertarian in the party’s current state. I believe he would have, like his life-long friends, seen the promise of Obama and gotten behind it. Sadly, we’ll never know.

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