The surviving members of Grateful Dead performed together Monday night at Penn State University in support of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, reports the Associated Press.
Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart jammed together for the first time since their reunion tour in 2004. Three of the four – Weir, Lesh and Hart – performed in support of Obama in February in California.
Before Monday’s set for about 15,000 people, Hart said in a backstage interview with The AP that he was most impressed with Obama’s views on climate change.
“I believe him enough to be able to get up in front of my constituency, these people out there,” Hart said, pointing out the door to his dressing room, “and tell them ‘I believe.’ That’s really important. The Grateful Dead does not take this lightly. We’ve never really done something quite like this.”
Andrea Mead, Obama’s spokeswoman for Pennsylvania, said Monday night the main goal was to stir up voter outreach efforts in a critical battleground state. After Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band opened the show, Obama supporters including Penn State assistant football coach Jay Paterno and cornerback Lydell Sargeant took to the stage to endorse him. A taped video message from Obama himself also was projected on a scoreboard