Change Rocks | 10.13 | Pennsylvania

Words by: Andrew Croke | Images by: Jay Blakesberg

Change Rocks with The Dead & The Allman Brothers Band :: 10.13.08 :: Bryce Jordan Center :: State College, PA

Weir & Haynes :: 10.13 :: Obama Benefit, PA
Before The Dead's reunion at the Bryce Jordan Center, two Deadheads in the parking lot carried a banner that read, "Hope on the way," echoing Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign theme.

Expectations seemed to fill the air as much as the music from car stereos. This was, after all, a historic show. Not only would it be the first time in four years that all four surviving members of the Grateful Dead would perform together, but it was for a purpose that the crowd seemed enthusiastic about, i.e. to help elect Barack Obama as the next president of the United States. There had to be people present that didn't support Senator Obama's candidacy, but they mostly kept quiet and to themselves. Many Deadheads wore t-shirts featuring the Obama campaign logo inside the "Steal Your Face" skull. Others - not official campaign volunteers - passed out Obama stickers and buttons. The only political statements other than support for Obama seemed to come from vendors hawking "Nobody for president" and "I'm still voting for Zappa" bumper stickers.

It couldn't have been a more perfect day for hanging out in a parking lot, drinking beers and talking with friends. It was mostly sunny and warm, and at one point a rainbow could be seen glowing directly over the Bryce Jordan Center. Tickets were plentiful, even though the show had sold out immediately when it went on sale. Some tickets were held back and sold at the box office in the afternoon before the concert, and it seemed everyone in the festive crowd that wanted to be inside found a ticket.

Inside, not even the draconian security of the Bryce Jordan Center - the stuff of legend - or the muddy acoustics of the hall could dampen spirits. The Allman Brothers Band took the stage and played a flawless two-hour set, starting with a long version of "Revival" that perfectly captured the mood of the day. Yes, the people could feel it – love and hope were in the air. The Allmans' set was designed to please the crowd, with their recent material forsaken in favor of old, familiar tunes. The band played no material newer than 1972's Eat A Peach, and covered Howlin' Wolf, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Derek and the Dominoes. Ron Holloway joined the band for some soulful sax on "Dreams" and "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right." The later was sung by Susan Tedeschi, who also sang Derek and The Dominoes' "Anyday."

Allman Brothers w/ Tedeschi :: 10.13 :: Obama Benefit, PA
The Allmans were followed by the political portion of the evening's program, with a video documentary about Senator Obama projected on a screen lowered to just above the stage. That was followed by a number of speakers including the Nittany Lions' quarterback coach Jay Paterno and several members of his football team. The speakers were warmly received with applause and cheers. Then, the main event came: Senator Obama, on video tape, delivered a short campaign speech that was almost drowned out by cheering, especially when the candidate promised to responsibly end the war in Iraq and went on to introduce The Dead, making a joke about having a touch of gray himself.

The Dead took the stage to a giant roar from the crowd that was as intense as it was loud and long. This wasn't just the normal cheer that erupts when the lights go down and a band appears. It was a recognition of the historic nature of the event. It wasn't just excitement, it was an appreciation of the four musicians, even before a single note was played, for getting together to make music once again.

And the notes themselves were tricky, not that the crowd cared, if they even noticed. The dancers danced, everybody sang along, but the band sounded sloppy and unrehearsed at first. At times, it even seemed the band got stuck and almost stopped. "Truckin'" was rough musically, as if the band wasn't sure when verses started. "U.S. Blues" - appropriate for the times we're living in - was better, but "Help On The Way" was ragged and "Slipknot!" fell apart altogether. "Franklin's Tower," the simplest song musically thus far, was where the band first really seemed to click. Phil Lesh's vocals were strong and the jams were tight and soaring. "Playin'" was well played, with a long jam that gave way to a short and quieter "Dark Star" that failed to achieve liftoff.

Lesh, Kreutzmann, Hart, Weir - The Dead :: 10.13 :: PA
After "Dark Star," the band actually stopped playing, as if they needed time to think things over before starting again. "St. Stephen" featured a jam that went out so far that, unfortunately, the band had difficulty reeling it back in. "Unbroken Chain" was sweet, possibly because it's a song that really only matured as a live piece when Warren Haynes played in Phil's band. An otherwise powerful "The Other One" took some time to develop, as if the band had to practice playing in twelve before really taking it on. And then a strange thing happened.

The house lights came on in the middle of the jam. The reason for the lights was the subject of speculation, but it seemed to many of us that the venue's management had tried to end the show. The band kept playing, charging through a fiery jam that was perhaps the high point of the whole performance, and eventually the lights were turned back off. The event seemed to energize the band, which went on to play strongly for the next forty minutes. "Throwing Stones" featured a fun jam, even if the sequence of the song's sections was out of whack. A little jam led back into a reprise of "Playin'" and The Dead left the stage, but not before the crowd watched Bob Weir and Phil embrace.

Before the encores, Weir quoted the late Hunter Thompson: "If every Deadhead in Florida had voted, the world would be a different place." The setlists onstage listed "Liberty" as an encore, but that was jettisoned, probably for time, and the band made a statement instead: "We will survive," the chorus of "Touch of Grey." A final, rocking, flawless "Not Fade Away" closed the night and summed up the feeling of the crowd, and presumably the band as well.

This was an event as much as it was a show. As such, it's hard to judge. Deadheads had a chance to once again hang out and dance and sing along with a band that has meant so much to them for more than forty years. At the same time, the actual performance was ragged. Later, in the lot, one happy head grinned and said, "If this was a show on a tour, I'd be pissed."

However, the band did succeed in one way. As they bowed to the audience at just about midnight, and the house lights came up - for real, this time - the crowd exited the arena filled with hope. Hope in the candidacy of Senator Obama and the future of our country, and hope in an anticipated 2009 tour of The Dead, hopefully with a bit more rehearsal.

Setlists

The Dead :: 10.13.08 :: Bryce Jordan Center:: State College, PA
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 > Throwing Stones > Playing Reprise
E: Phil Donor Phil Rap > Bobby Rap > Touch of Grey > Not Fade Away

The Allman Brothers Band :: 10.13.08 :: Bryce Jordan Center:: State College, PA
Revival, Statesboro Blues, Who's Been Talking, Midnight Rider, One Way Out, And It Stoned Me, Dreams (w/ Ron Holloway, sax), Don't Think Twice (w/ Susan Tedeschi, guitar & vocals; Ron Holloway, sax; James van der Bogert, drums) Anyday (w/ Susan Tedeschi & Oteil, vocals), Melissa, Trouble No More, Ain't Wastin' Time No More, Jessica
E: Whipping Post

The Dead :: 10.13.08 :: Bryce Jordan Center:: State College, PA

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Comments

pugs689 starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/15/2008 03:57PM
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ahh yes! I was right up front! Good to see the boys back together! OBAMA 08!!!

futhepharmer starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/15/2008 04:50PM
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futhepharmer

the Campus security was beat and the sound inside was indeed muddy. Funny, I thought it was sold out, but we were on the General Admission floor and it was only two thirds full for the entire show.

But the show was high energy for sure, although the Dead were a bit sloppy and not entirely sure of where each other were going. But the energy and love for Barack was intense and reassuring. Couldn't help but have a huge smile all night.

jammasterjustin Wed 10/15/2008 05:09PM
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sounds great and both bands put up great setlists, does anyone have a link to the source of that recording of the ABB show? i dont like downloading torrents so if i could find it that would be nice

fydo1974 starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/15/2008 05:24PM
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fydo1974

Nicet review, I'll be sure to check out this recording! Glad to hear that the audience was more accepting of the theme of the event this time. At the Deadheads for Obama show at The Warfield there were some dissenting voices, including several people who raised a Ron Paul banner near the end of the show which sparked a minor scuffle. But that was back in February, before the two major parties had settled on their candidates. We now know that the next president will be either Obama or McCain, and it's difficult to imagine any deadhead not being able to see that Obama is candidate capable of leading us out of this financial crisis and this war and into the future.

isthatyoujerry Wed 10/15/2008 05:29PM
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Dr.Ich starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/15/2008 05:42PM
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Dr.Ich

I had a lot of fun at this show......the crowd really made the night it was incredible! They may have played a lil sloppy but I am glad to see them reunite for such a great cause.

iwantstogetfunkedup Wed 10/15/2008 05:52PM
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Sucks they were so sloppy. You'd think they could have dusted off the cobwebs a little more to play a rippin' show for a comeback.

timwho Wed 10/15/2008 07:18PM
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timwho

Great show! Did anybody witness the kid who fell over the side of the balcony at the end of the show? That was nuts!

divisions06 Wed 10/15/2008 07:35PM
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i like the dead and the allman bros, but i dont like obama... is that allowed?

Angelemerald starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/15/2008 08:17PM
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Angelemerald

CORRECTION: Ron Holloway joined the band for some soulful sax on "Dreams" and "It Ain't Me Babe." The later was sung by Susan Tedeschi, who also sang Derek and The Dominoes' "Anyday."

Susan sang Dylan's Don't think Twice It's Alright. She did not sing Dylan's It Ain't Me Babe, though I think Warren Haynes would do and ace job on covering that song.

The whole show was fantastic. I loved every moment of it. Thanks for your balanced review of the night. Much appreciated.

brooklynite84 Wed 10/15/2008 08:42PM
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Oh man, this is truely awesome! Thanks Jambase.com for streaming the show in it's fullness. I love the Dead, I love Allmans and sorry for those haters, I love Obama and have for the past two years. I don't care if you hate him, but if you really want another 2004 to happen and watch on as our country crumbles under Republican rule again, then so be it. I'm not saying he's the perfect man for the job, but he's the best chance we got for something better. I live in AZ and can tell you that you have no idea what you're in for if you let a monster like Mccain get this victory. The important thing is to get your ASSES out there and vote. The Dead can do whatever they want and more power to them for supporting Obama. The show sounds great and is making ache in anticipation for next years tour!

brad4d starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/15/2008 09:11PM
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Obama trusts to reason, McCain trusts to might.

Obama looks for answers, McCain looks for fights.

dbill Wed 10/15/2008 09:37PM
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iAMuANDwhatIseeISme starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/15/2008 09:51PM
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iAMuANDwhatIseeISme

so they didn't really specify in the article, but i'm assuming it was the jimmy/warren/chimenti lineup??

oboyler Wed 10/15/2008 10:06PM
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oboyler

no jimmy and i'm a little disappointed that no one else from abb came out and jammed with the dead. it was a fantastic night tho. the energy was enough to make this show historic. cant wait to see them sometime in the spring after a little bit of rehearsal time

pugs689 starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/15/2008 11:06PM
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Kaleidoscope Eyes Thu 10/16/2008 05:18AM
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Bowlegged Texan Thu 10/16/2008 05:54AM
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boxofrain007 Thu 10/16/2008 06:00AM
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boxofrain007

Absolutely the best time... It's good to see you back boys, it was just like the old times. Singing dancing and have a grand ole time! THANK YOU BOBBY, PHIL, MICKEY, & BILL SO MUCH FOR SUCH A GREAT NIGHT!! Warren... you killed it too!

PCPrabbit Thu 10/16/2008 06:32AM
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Deadphishbiscuits Thu 10/16/2008 07:16AM
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Deadphishbiscuits

Sounds like it was a great time for all there. Very nice of jambase to stream the show for us all to enjoy. The article was right on the money they do sound a little off, but what do you expect after four years, no worries though I know for 09 they are gonna be meshing and jammin flawlessly. Heres to a great year ahead of us

Deadphishbiscuits Thu 10/16/2008 07:17AM
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Deadphishbiscuits

And as always a good show to one and all.

butchswartz Thu 10/16/2008 07:39AM
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great show. my 2nd show(1st being bonnaroo '04) my wife's first experience with "the scene". haha. i loved it. the dead seemed a little off at first but i think once they got into st stephen they soared through the rest of the night. and the abb were incredible. thank you bobby, phil, mickey,bill and to all that made it a special birthday for me. peace and much love.

whodoyoudo Thu 10/16/2008 07:42AM
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whodoyoudo

dbill its a spectrum

and we are a democratic nation, where change can lead us to varying degrees within the spectrum of the 2 poles free market capitalism, and socialized democracy

as with all things in life, its not just black and white

daveapaug star Thu 10/16/2008 08:56AM
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daveapaug

So, did they actually play "Touch" or not? Did they just do the chorus? Or did they "make a statement" and speak it? Can you be more vague? Who else was playing with the Dead? Who was in the Allman's line up?

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire star Thu 10/16/2008 09:06AM
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BlowsAgainsttheEmpire

I've heard the audio. They need lots of rehearsal and Robert Hunter to churn out some new tunes for them. Oh well if they tour I won't be going anway so I'm not to concerned. Actually I'm glad that they may tour as it will possibly free up John Molo, hopefully he can fit in some David Nelson and Friends gigs. DNF is where its at Deadwise.

As for the benefit it was a good cause and I'm glad they did it and I hope it helps out Barack Obama and Biden and our country.

manjotar starstarstarstar Thu 10/16/2008 09:24AM
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manjotar

...jeff chimenti on keys, warren haynes on guitar...

Tony8 star Thu 10/16/2008 09:35AM
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Tony8

Yea, who was on keys & lead guitar for The Dead should have been one of the first things mentioned in the article. ABB looks like same current lineup w/ Ron & Susan guest appearing.

Jamon Thu 10/16/2008 09:52AM
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Get Kimock back with the Dead!

Ned8 Thu 10/16/2008 10:23AM
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My thanks to theDead and ABB for taking the time to show their support.

jjwood starstarstarstar Thu 10/16/2008 10:32AM
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Thumbs up to Andrew for posting a review without sugar coating. I listened to a portion of the recordings and they sounded like a nostalgia act playing a rehearsal. If you were there, I hope you enjoyed; but everything in the post-GD world these days simply reeks of nostalgia these days. I might as well go see Three Dog Night!

GregRN star Thu 10/16/2008 10:37AM
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Andy starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/16/2008 10:53AM
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Andy

Thank you JamBase for streaming the entire Dead and ABB shows. I really appreciate it!!!!!

dedhed6111 Thu 10/16/2008 12:43PM
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dedhed6111

I do find ratdog generally more enjoyable than hackneyed resuscitation, so yes, thank you, I will go smoke some more pot. I imagine it will take me to great places

dedhed6111 Thu 10/16/2008 12:44PM
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dedhed6111

all jokes about hackneyed resuscitation aside, i am glad to see that phil and bob have decided to kiss and make up.

bagoink Thu 10/16/2008 01:08PM
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Hi. I'm the jerk that wrote the article. I just want to mention that Angelemerald is correct, the Dylan song was "Don't Think Twice," not "It Ain't Me Babe." As they say, I regret the error. Otherwise, I stand by this review. Thanks for reading!

DeepDiver Thu 10/16/2008 01:18PM
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I thought the show was pretty good, but they were definitely sloppy on the transitions and Bobby flubbed a lot of lyrics. I was flooded with emotions for the first few songs and can only imagine what was going through their minds. Warren seemed to hold back a bit but he put out some tasty licks which were reminiscent of early 70's Jerry. Chimenti had a short but sweet solo during Unbroken Chain. The only thing missing was the Big Guy, who simply can't be replaced. Nobody is going to take the music to the places that he did. Not Kimock, Karan, or Herring. I'll never forget seeing TOO at MCI center when the boys laid out a sick Terrapin jam on a silver platter for Jimmy Herring and he sat there staring at his guitar doing nothing. Ughh. Despite the mistakes, the show was a lot of fun.

Never had such a good time!

8aPeach Thu 10/16/2008 01:52PM
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pappypgh starstarstar Thu 10/16/2008 03:12PM
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pappypgh

Man, oh man. I completely disagree with the critique. I've been a long-time Deadhead as well as long-time critic of their playing. This show ROCKED. They played GREAT. If you've ever been to a Grateful Dead show, you'd remember that perfection is not the goal. The goal is to take chances and improvise with soul & talent. Some nights were better than others, but this night - especially with their energy - was incredible.

Truckin' - the changes were on. They extended a space in between the first bridge and the 4th verse, where there typically is no space and Bobby went OFF on his guitar. Played some SICK licks.

US Blues - Pretty good...one of the weakest tunes of the set. I guess they HAD to play it tho.

Help On The Way / Slipknot! - sloppy? Warren's solo was good. Chimenti's Rhodes solo was SICK. They hit the "Slipknot!" diminished run right on and the jam was WONDERFUL. At the end of the "Slipknot" jam, they all kinda lost the "1" - no big deal - as Mr. Weir turned towards the drummers and immediately got eveyone on the same page, then they started the spooky walkup that leads into the outtro of "Slipknot!" Well done, IMO - a pure Grateful Dead moment.

Franklin's Tower - Pretty good. Nice reaction by the crowd (of course) when Phil started singing. No huge peaks - well played, but not insane.

Playin' In The Band - nice intro and REALLY nice jam. Warren a tad off his licks - not bad, but not his best.

Dark Star - I believe the critic here wrote "failed to achieve liftoff." What kind of crack were you smoking?! That jam reached EPIC heights of psychedelia (and I wasn't on ANY). Astounding glory was reached - you, my friend, were WAY off-base on this. Listen again...even the average-quality audience recording proves you wrong.

Yes, they stopped. Gee, never saw the Dead do THAT. Just because there was no transition into the next song - you got a problem with that? My take was that the Dark Star expelled SO much energy, they just needed to collect themselves a bit and weren't quite sure where to go. THAT'S the Grateful Dead, and I'll take moments like that all day.

Saint Stephen - I called it about 45 seconds before they started it. VERY tight and well played. The jam before the final verse was SICK. I seriously doubt someone panning this section of the show (PITB through this song) and their abilities to understand what's going on onstage. Amazing moments between Bob, Phil, Mickey & Billy during these last 3-5 tunes...simply amazing.

Unbroken Chain - very nice choice, Phil. It looked like Phil got a bit lost in the big jam, but finally got it and brought everyone back. The transition back into the song was a bit off, but again - not bad. Great energy throughout the last 5 songs and some amazingly tight moments.

The Other One - Great call. WTF with the lights?!! Oh well - no problem. Warren goes OFF as does Chimenti. A nice song with Bob vocals that shows off a bit of the guest musicians.

Throwin' Stones - Well played. Nothing special, but again - HAD to be done. A nice version. KILLER jam before the PITB reprise.

Playin' Reprise - just fine.

Touch - a bit of a let-down, but an understandable call. Decent version.

NFA - SICK. Great jams. Perfect (as the critic said above).

The boys did what they intended to do. The core 4 played GREAT as a quartet with 2 guest musicians that added nice color when they were called upon to do so. Bob was amazing on the ES335 ALL night. The drummers totally drove the whole show. I would LOVE to hear people's impressions after hearing a really good re-mixed SBD version, rather than the sub-par AUD tapes I've been hearing (no offense to the tapers - not the best venue for AUD recording, IMO). That's my .02!

Pappy

www.theCAUSEjams.com

gregboyer starstarstarstar Thu 10/16/2008 03:12PM
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Hey jammasterjustin on my by computer you just right-click each track while it plays and download track-by-track. I just did the whole show. The ABB is great, the Dead good setlist but as mentioned there are some breakdowns. Worth downloading though-thanks Jambase.

ColoHighTimes Thu 10/16/2008 06:13PM
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Did anyone else see the SKB shirt that Billy is wearing? Just look 3 pic's up on this page. I wonder if this means anything? Is Billy joining Steve Kimock's band? Or is Kimock going to play in a Dead reunion tour next year? Either way, I'm pretty psyched!!! I sure would love to hear Kimock on stage with the boys, ripping it up. Or Billy jamming with Kimock in clubs. Steve was Jerry's favorite guitar player, after all!!

breadloaf starstarstarstarstar Fri 10/17/2008 07:53AM
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I'm glad they did this show and that folks had fun and maybe some younger ones got a taste of the scene. The review was honest, nothing wrong with that at all. I saw tons of Dead shows back in the day that were amazingly sloppy- as well as some perfect gems that still resonate in my memory.

DeepDiver, I totally agree- the missing man is the one who made all the difference, at least for me personally; and as talented and well-intentioned the various replacements are, and I respect them very much, there was a quality to Jerry that transcended the physics of playing an instrument and singing. May his legend live through the ages.

BUCKSUN starstarstarstar Fri 10/17/2008 12:04PM
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BUCKSUN

I'm confused? Why are the dead backing a politician? Is he going to legalize cannabis or something? Is this guy even a deadhead? Would this be going down if Jerry was alive? What exactly is the deads angle on supporting the democrats, the opposite side of the crooked political coin, who last time in power sent more people to jail for cannabis than in the entire history of the drug war. Could you explain this to me? Until then Im voting fot Zappa. Thanks for reuniting.

breilly Fri 10/17/2008 02:27PM
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kem starstarstarstar Sat 10/18/2008 08:53AM
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Surely the SKB shirt on Billy is a drummer's choice! ;)

futhepharmer Sun 10/19/2008 10:47AM
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futhepharmer

hey breilly, gods are for todds!

futhepharmer starstarstarstarstar Sun 10/19/2008 10:59AM
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futhepharmer

oh yeah and to the folks who didn't like the choice of "Touch of Gray" for an encore...are you kidding? That was/is probably one of the most appropriate song choices. How can you not feel enormously uplifted while hearing that tune. Old-schoolers will remember the significance of that song when it came out, being after Jerry's coma and with a lot of folks very concerned for his welfare, hearing the refrain "We will survive!" was very reassuring. There has never been one instance where hearing that song on the radio did not imediately make me smile, whatever my mood was. I know there'a a lot of folks who will agree with me on this.

gregboyer Mon 10/20/2008 06:15AM
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Yeah, Touch of Gray never gets old. The music at my retail mgt. job sucks for the most part but hearing Touch every day keeps me going. I wish they played more Dead but it sure beats Neil Diamond.

dnathans starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/23/2008 08:14AM
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dnathans

Dear Red States:

If you manage to steal this election too we've decided we're leaving. We

intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue States with

us. In case you aren't aware, that includes California, Hawaii, Oregon,

Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois,

and all the Northeast. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and

especially to the people of the new country of New California.

To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave

states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get the Statue

of Liberty. You get Dollywood.

We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom.

We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss.

We get 85% of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You

get Alabama.

We get two-thirds of the tax revenue, you get to make the red states pay

their fair share.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22% lower than the

Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of

single moms.

Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war, and

we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If you need

people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they're apparently

willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and they don't care if you

don't show pictures of their children's caskets coming home. We do wish you

success in Iraq , and hope that the WMDs turn up, but we're not willing to

spend our resources in Bush's Quagmire.

With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80% of the

country's fresh water, more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce, 92% of

the nation's fresh fruit, 95% of America's quality wines, 90% of all

cheese, 90% of the high tech industry, 95% of the corn and soybeans (thanks

Iowa!), most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and

condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Stanford, Cal Tech and

MIT.

With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88% of

all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92% of all

U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100% of the tornadoes, 90% of the hurricanes, 99%

of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100% of all televangelists, Rush

Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia.

We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.

Additionally, 38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually

swallowed by a whale, 62% believe life is sacred unless we're discussing

the war, the death penalty or gun laws, 44% say that evolution is only a

theory, 53% that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61% of you crazy bastards

believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.

Finally, we're taking the good pot, too. You can have that dirt weed they

grow in Mexico

Peace out,

--Blue States

Dire46daysWolf Thu 10/23/2008 07:40PM
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Dire46daysWolf

God this looks amazing. Great sets from both bands (legends, really cool to hear Otiel on vocals for the derek and the dominoes cover.

shake it sugaree starstarstarstar Wed 10/29/2008 01:30PM
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Well, I was there and it was a BEAUTIFUL day. The best part, for me, was walking around and enjoying the wonderful sense of true Deadhead reunion. I saw soooooo many people there who love me and that felt sooooooooo good. My boyfriend bought me a t-shirt for 5 bucks that said something like, "It's not about politics. It's about the music." We bought our tickets from the Obama headquarters and were a British volunteer tried to make us canvass for them but I explained that we, um, WORK. The water in the show was 4 bucks a bottle, but, hey, if Obama wins we'll all be drinking 4 dollar waters, right???????? I thought it was funny when the one Obama supporter emcee announced that Robert Hunter wrote "Franklin's Tower" in 1776. I somehow was not convinced when O. said that even he had a touch of gray that he was a big deadhead. But I definitely was so happy to be among my people and enjoy a truly beautiful day and meet lots of new friends, too.:) Actually, I thought the show was too rehearsed, meaning that it seemed very same old, same old songs and very stiff. and if Bobby and Phil were good old friends, again, it didnt show from my special Obama section seat.

Susan Tedeschi was AWESOME!!!!!! wouldve loved to have heard more! Oh, and was it not freaky when they showed those big kinda scary, wavy-looking Obama heads?

WargoJS starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/3/2009 01:42PM
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WargoJS

Great show, I can't believe I saw these two legendary groups in the same night. Allmans set was mindblowing, I was surprised to hear them cover Anyday by Derek and the Dominos. The Dead did an awesome Help>Slip!>Tower and Dark Star. The best part was I got to meet Derek Trucks before the show, what a swell guy.