Pop stars speak out politically about election 2004

As long as there’s been MTV and VH1, there’s been pop music stars with political views expressing them through their rockstardom. The Bush presidency has incurred the wrath of many in the music industry, and according to the Chicago Tribune, more than 20 performers (incidentally more rock n’ rollers than bubblegum pop stars) are launching a tour Oct.1, beginning in Pennsylvania, under the title of “Vote for Change.”

It’s a daring move that is ostentatiously headed by Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen, who is making his first point-blank political statements to the public about the Bush presidency and the war. As he told the Tribune: “I feel this is one of the most critical elections in my life-time. This wasn’t one that a concerned citizen felt comfortable sitting out.”

The tour schedule is extremely intensive and will have 34 shows on 28 dates; some dates feature six concerts in a single day. This kind of scheduling displays the adamant activism of people who are generally expected to just put out new albums every year. These musicians include The Dave Matthews Band, The Dixie Chicks, John Mellencamp, Jurassic 5, Jackson Browne, Ben Harper, Bonnie Raitt, Eddy Vedder and others who feel that Democratic nominee John Kerry should take the place of President Bush. The mission of this tour is to bring their message to unlikely Kerry voters in key battleground states.

The “Vote for a Change” tour is presented by the liberal interest group Moveon.org, which is raising money for the Kerry campaign and their efforts to oust Bush through the Vote for a Change tour and other programs. According to Moveon.org, “On the same day last week that Bruce Springsteen and dozens of artists announced their Vote for a Change tour, Peter Chernin, President and CEO of News Corp, which owns Fox News, announced his support for John Kerry.”

For more information about Vote for a Change or MoveOn membership, go to www.moveonpac.org/vfc/.

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