grateful_dead_reunites_tonight_for_barack_obama_443x2901.thumbnail.gifIt is kinda trippy when you think about it. The Grateful Dead will be truckin’ for Obama at Penn State  Monday, October 13,  an event sponsored by Change Rocks at Pennsylvania State University.

Fans of the pioneering Sixties’ psychedelic band, known for their tie-dyed shirts, patchouli and high spirits, are getting fired up and ready to vote. Tickets, on sale today, are $50 ($30 with student ID) though at presstime the Ticketmaster site hadn’t updated to allow sales.  VIP packages are available and start at $2,500 per ticket and put guests in reserved seats in the first section of seats to the left or right of the stage, plus provide for a serated VIP entrance into the venue. For $5,000 you get the extra perk of a pre-show meet-and-greet with the band.

Expect  Saab-driving Dead fans to wonder out loud, "What a long strange trip its been." Repeatedly. For hours. Like a jam during "Sugar Magnolia."

The event will mark the first time surviving band members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kretuzman and Mickey Hart have played together since 2004. The band’s de facto leader Jerry Garcia died in 1995.

The Dead will be joined by friends Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Jaimo, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Marc Quinones, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti from the Allman Brothers Band.

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.