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Monday / October 22.
  • Dead, Allmans Rock Penn State

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    In case you missed it, the surviving members of The Dead reunited Monday for the first time in four years and performed with The Allman Brothers Band before 15,000 fans in a Barack Obama benefit at Penn State called “Change Rocks.”

    Original Grateful Dead members Bobby Weir (pictured), Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart played a 15-song set that included “U.S. Blues,” “Franklin’s Tower,” “Playin’ in the Band,” “Dark Star,” “St. Stephen,” and “Touch of Grey.” See setlists below, courtesy dead.net and allmanbrothersband.com.

    “I believe [Obama] enough to be able to get up in front of my constituency, these people out there, and tell them ‘I believe,'” Hart told The Associated Press. “That’s really important. The Grateful Dead does not take this lightly. We’ve never really done something quite like this.”

    According to dead.net, The Dead had last performed in 2004. They have regrouped in various combinations to support Obama since.

    The Allmans played what looks to be a terrific set featuring “Revival,” “Statesboro Blues,” “Midnight Rider,” the Van Morrison classic “And It Stoned Me,” “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,” and “Whipping Post.”

    Obama appeared in a video-taped message between Dead sets and said:

    “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

    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.

    ALLMANS SETLIST

    Revival

    Statesboro Blues

    Who’s Been Talking

    Midnight Rider

    One Way Out

    And It Stoned Me

    Dreams

    Don’t Think Twice

    Anyday

    Melissa

    Trouble No More

    Ain’t Wastin Time No More

    Jessica

    Whipping Post

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.