I’m Uncle Sam That’s Who I Am

by | Feb 5, 2008

Grateful Dead have fallen under Obama’s spell.

The famously apolitical band played a get out the vote concert in support of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama last night at The Warfield Theatre in San Francisco.


Mickey, Phil, Billy and Bobby were joined on stage by Jackie Greene, John Molo, and Steve Molitz in The Dead’s first show together since 2004. According to Reuters:

The concert started with a short video from Obama, filmed on an airplane, thanking the band. A thick cloud of marijuana smoke wafted through the air then and throughout the concert, and some fans engaged in free-style dance as though magically transported from 1968.

“Every few generations a guy like this comes along,” drummer Mickey Hart told a news conference a day before California’s primary, in which Obama, a senator from Illinois, faces New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. “It seems like desperate times and we’re desperate people.”