Musicians to play benefit concerts

Cloak N Dagger

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Well, my Springsteen, John "Cougar" Mellancamp, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, and Dave Mathews CD's just got set aside for future skeet targets! I don't have to worry about any CD's from the Dixie Chicks, REM, James Taylor, Jurassic 5, , Babyface and Bright Eyes ... I don't own any. Oh yeah, don't forget that Bon Jovi has also been helping the Kerry Campaign.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,128000,00.html

Musicians Hitting Swing States
Wednesday, August 04, 2004


NEW YORK — In an unprecedented series of concerts in nine swing states, more than 20 musical acts — including Bruce Springsteen (search), Pearl Jam and the Dixie Chicks (search) — will perform fund-raising concerts one month before the Nov. 2 election in an effort to unseat President Bush.

The shows, which will begin Oct. 1 in Pennsylvania, will take an unusual approach: as many as six concerts on a single day in cities across the states expected to decide the November presidential race. Other stops on the tour are North Carolina (search), Ohio (search), Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin (search) and the key state in 2000, Florida.

"We're trying to put forward a group of progressive ideals and change the administration in the White House," Springsteen told The Associated Press in the most overtly political statements of his 30-year career. "That's the success or failure, very clear cut and very simple."

The artists of different generations and genres will tour under the name "Vote For Change," (search) with shows Oct. 1-8. But the money generated will go to America Coming Together, which promises on its Web site to "derail the right-wing Republican agenda by defeating George W. Bush."

The anticipated millions of dollars will be spent in the swing states before the presidential election, said ACT president Ellen Malcolm.


The shows will be presented by MoveOn Pac, the electoral arm of the liberal interest group MoveOn.org, with an official announcement expected Wednesday.

There was no immediate word on prices for tickets, which were going on sale for all shows Aug. 21. The shows will pair artists, such as Springsteen and REM or the Dixie Chicks and James Taylor. There will be 34 shows in 28 cities.

Natalie Maines, of the Dixie Chicks, who memorably told a London audience last year that she was ashamed to share her home state of Texas with Bush, echoed a Springsteen comment that this was the most important election of their lives.

"A change is in order," Maines said. "There's never been a political climate like this, which is so the polar opposite of me as a person and what I believe in."

The idea was hatched by several of the acts' managers, and quickly expanded. "Once we started talking to each other, ideas started percolating and other artists started reaching out to us," said Jon Landau, Springsteen's manager.

Other artists participating in the shows include hip-hoppers Jurassic 5, John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Babyface, Bright Eyes and the Dave Matthews Band. Most have a history of social activism, from Browne's anti-nuclear concerts to Mellencamp's Farm Aid shows. Pearl Jam front man Vedder was a Ralph Nader backer in 2000.

"At some point, you can't sit still," said Vedder, a harsh critic of the Iraq war. "You can't spend your life, when people are getting killed, without asking serious questions about why."

Springsteen said he didn't fear any backlash over going public with his personal politics.

"It's a pretty clear-cut decision in November," said Springsteen, whose songs have provided a backdrop for some Kerry events. "We're chipping in our two cents. That's all we're trying to do."
 

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Do any of you think these folks will have any serious impact on the election?

I'm asking an honest question, not trying to be funny or sarcastic.

Do you?
 
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The only one that disappoints is Mellenkamp. The others I could care less about.

Welby, I think that these performers would probably only impact those that are already true believers or the very young, first-time voters that had idiots for parents.
 

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Welby,

I do not think that these entertainers hold any value poitically, other than fund raising. I think that people are just fed up with stars thinking that they are more than just that..stars. Just because they hit the Pick 6 in the vocational pool, does not make them privy to campaigning. They hate George Bush, and that is the bottom line. This is good for America to see. I firmly believe that people will go the OTHER way from what these entertainers say and do. It only shows their arrogance. One more point. I always hear John Kerry refer to how Bush always gives tax breaks to "his friends" the wealthy. But who does Kerry run to for money and fund raising?? You guessed it...the Hollywood wealthy.
 

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Thanks for the replies.

Is there a list of musicians, actors, celebrities, etc. who support Bush? Where are they?
 

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Sorry I was late getting back to this Welby, but to answer your question ...

Anyone with half a brain surely won't be swayed by the liberal musicians and hollywood actors & actresses. Unfortunately, we live in a society that has many of these half-brained, celebrity worshiping dimwits walking around. I think they will sway some votes, how much? I don't know, but it won't be mine.

Here's a list of Liberal celebrities for ya:

http://www.celiberal.com/theWhineRack.php

BTW ... Ozzy Osborne is one of them, which just proves my "half a brain" theory.
 

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Remember a couple of years ago when Ozzy was humbled to meet George W. Bush at a Washington D.C. dinner? And Bush actually paid some kind of honor to Ozzy's family and even offered some praise for Ozzy's music?
 

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The only one that disappoints is Mellenkamp[/b]
Mine would have to be Jackson Browne. Oh well guess that more CD's in the trash.

Somebody needs to come of with the Top 10 Cd's skeet list.


Anybody notice that a majority of the "STARS" are closer to the "has been" category than the "Star" category. Guess they are concerned about their Social Security.
 

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