The Allman Brothers Band will open for the Grateful Dead during their October 13th reunion benefit for Sen. Barack Obama at Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania, according to pennlive.com. The show will feature the Dead's surviving members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, and Bill Kreutzmann. Last February, Weir, Lesh and Hart performed together for the first time since 2004 at the "Deadheads For Obama" concert at San Francisco's Warfield Theatre.
Allman Brothers lead guitarist Warren Haynes will be pulling double duty by stepping in for the late Jerry Garcia, and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti will be handling keyboard duties for the band's Vince Welnick, who committed suicide in 2006.
Meanwhile Sen. John McCain continues to get yelled at by musicians for using their music.
Ann and Nancy Wilson and Heart's music publishers have sent a "cease and desist" order to the McCain-Palin campaign demanding that they refrain from using the band's 1977 hit "Barracuda" as a campaign song for Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin. The Vice Presidential nominee has been nicknamed "Sarah 'The Barracuda' Palin, and the song was used last week during her appearance at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.
No matter where you are in the political landscape of this country you have to admit Obama wins when it comes to landing the support of musical talent. With the Allmans's commitment to the Obama fundraiser, they join a long list of musicians who have thrown their support behind the Illinois senator, including, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Roger Daltrey, Jackson Browne, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, to name a few.