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Thursday, August 05, 2004

Anti-Bush Rock Stars to tour "battleground" states

Billboard: The [Vote for Change] tour will kick off Oct. 1 with a concerted effort in Pennsylvania, where Springsteen & the E Street Band will play Philadelphia with R.E.M., John Fogerty and Bright Eyes, while Pearl Jam will play Reading, Pa., with Death Cab For Cutie.

State College, Pa. will get the Dave Matthews Band, Jurassic 5, Ben Harper and My Morning Jacket on that date and the Dixie Chicks will team up with James Taylor to play Pittsburgh. John Mellencamp and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds will perform together in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Keb' Mo' will stir things up in Williamsport, Pa.

Other states that will see some or all of the shows are Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Minnesota, North Carolina and Florida.

Vote for Change is presented by MoveOn.Org's political action committee MoveOn PAC and America Coming Together (ACT), an organization advocating change in government.

Dave Matthews:

"A vote for Bush is a vote for a divided, unstable, paranoid America."

UPDATE: Meryl Yourish is the best on this:

"Hey, they're Americans. They have the right to their opinion, and they have the right to try to change America. And I have the right to laugh at them. They're going to sponsor a concert from October 1st through the 8th in swing states, trying to affect change, by getting people who scarcely vote to come to a concert where people their parents' age and older are going to tell them to vote.

Yeah, that'll work."