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VOTE FOR CHANGE TOUR ANNOUNCED Coalition of Musicians Makes Way to Battleground States in an Effort to Get Out the Vote this Fall
Babyface, Bright Eyes, Jackson Browne, Dave Matthews Band, Death Cab for Cutie, the Dixie Chicks, John Fogerty, Ben Harper, Jurassic 5, John Mellencamp, Keb’ Mo’, My Morning Jacket, Pearl Jam, Bonnie Raitt, R.E.M., James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and more All Shows On Sale August 21
SEATTLE—More than 20 artists, including Dave Matthews Band, the Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and John Mellencamp announced today the launch of the “Vote for Change” Tour, which will kickoff on October 1st and bring its Vote for Change message to 9 of the 17 key electoral battleground states. “The upcoming election provides everyone an opportunity to change the direction our country is headed and to elect a government that is just, rational and respectful of the views and rights of the people it serves. This coalition of artists wants to be a part of that change,” said Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam. Conceived by a loose coalition of musicians four months ago, Vote for Change is a multi-city, multi-artist tour that will include approximately 34 shows in 28 cities in 9 states over the course of one week. --more--
Artist lineups include: • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band/R.E.M./John Fogerty/Bright Eyes • Dixie Chicks/James Taylor • Pearl Jam/Death Cab for Cutie • Dave Matthews Band/Ben Harper/Jurassic 5/My Morning Jacket • Bonnie Raitt/Jackson Browne/ Keb’ Mo’/ others TBA • John Mellencamp/Babyface These and other artists will be appearing on separate bills on the same night in select cities around several battleground states. Vote for Change artists hope to accomplish a single goal through the tour: to get people to the polls on November 2nd to vote for a change. The Vote for Change tour came about as part of an informal conversation among a handful of artists on how they could make a difference in this year’s elections and beyond. This idea has resulted in a first-of-its-kind endeavor where Vote for Change participating artists will focus their energies on the states where the elections are expected to be the closest. All Vote for Change artists are donating their time and talent in support of the tour. The Vote for Change tour will be presented by MoveOn PAC, with all concert proceeds benefiting the work of America Coming Together (ACT). BACKGROUND: Unprecedented in scale and strategy, ACT is building the largest voter mobilization effort in history to elect progressive candidates to federal, state and local offices in November. For more information on ACT visit www.act04.com. MoveOn PAC is a 2.5 million-member online grassroots political action committee working to take back our government. By gathering small contributions from ordinary citizens, it is using the Internet to level the playing field against the interest of big corporate money in politics. Its sister organization, MoveOn.org, raises issues of war and peace, social justice, media integrity and honesty in government. For more information, visit www.moveonpac.org. “This election is the most important one in our lifetime,” said Dave Matthews. “It may be the most important in America’s history.”
Vote for Change tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster on August 21 for all tour dates in all cities. (Full list of Vote for Change dates attached.) For more information about Vote for Change, including ticket information and updates, go to www.moveonpac.org. Attachments follow below: #1 Vote for Change Declaration #2 Vote for Change Artist Quotes #3 Vote for Change Tour Schedule
"A vote for change is a vote for a stronger, safer, healthier America. A vote for Bush is a vote for a divided, unstable, paranoid America. It is our duty to this beautiful land to let our voices be heard. That's the reason for the tour. That's why I'm doing it." Dave Matthews "As concerned mothers, women and most importantly concerned Americans, we are compelled to do what we can to inspire other voters to get involved in this year's election. We hope our participation in the Vote For Change Tour will be a catalyst for positive change.” The Dixie Chicks “This is an extraordinary example of America coming together to win this election and change the direction of the country. These artists feel so strongly about this election that they are doing something unprecedented in creating this magnificent tour. They are sending an important message to voters in the battleground states: you can change the country if you go to the polls and vote.” Ellen Malcolm, America Coming Together “R.E.M. is very happy to be a part of the Vote for Change Tour. This unprecedented coming together of musicians underscores the depth of the desire for change in our country’s direction, and it feels right to use some of the freedoms granted to us in a democracy to try and effect that change.” Mike Mills "It's about showing up and being counted. I'll be there and I hope you will too." Keb' Mo' “We’ve always believed that popular culture and populist politics go hand in hand. It’s an honor to be working with so many respected and influential artists, and we’re indebted to them for having the courage to speak out at a time when our country so desperately needs change. For our 2.5 million members and far beyond, the Vote for Change tour will have a seismic cultural impact.” Eli Pariser, MoveOn Pac
“There has never been a more important time to band together and bring about real change. I want to see Americans everywhere honor those who have fought and died for our right to vote by getting out to the polls on Election Day. Democracy only works if we work it.” Bonnie Raitt “I felt like I couldn't have written the music I've written, and been on stage singing about the things that I've sung about for the last twenty five years and not taken part in this particular election." Bruce Springsteen “This is the fourth presidential election which Pearl Jam has engaged in as a band, and we feel it’s the most important one of our life time. We believe in the power of the first amendment, and have always exercised our right to free speech in every aspect of our lives and music. This year there is no more powerful way for all Americans to exercise that right than by voting. Given the extreme political climate of a country at war, we are proud to stand among the many artists involved in this tour and to encourage Americans not only to vote for a president this November 2nd, but to vote for the change they wish to see in the world.” Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam
Attachment #3 - Vote for Change Artist Tour Schedule
(pending/updated as of August 3, 2004] Pearl Jam/Death Cab for Cutie Friday, Oct. 1 Reading Saturday, Oct. 2 Toledo Sunday, Oct. 3 Grand Rapids Tuesday, Oct. 5 St. Louis Wednesday, Oct. 6 Asheville Friday, Oct. 8 Kissimmee Dave Matthews Band/Jurassic 5/ My Morning Jacket Friday, Oct. 1 State College Saturday, Oct. 2 Dayton Sunday, Oct. 3 Detroit Tuesday, Oct. 5 Madison Wednesday, Oct. 6 Ames Friday, Oct. 8 Gainesville Jackson Browne/Bonnie Raitt/Keb’ Mo* Friday, Oct. 1 Williamsport Saturday, Oct. 2 TBA Sunday, Oct. 3 Grand Rapid Tuesday, Oct. 5 Kansas City Wednesday, Oct. 6 Des Moines Friday, Oct. 8 Jacksonville
(*Note: Others to be announced.)
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band/ R.E.M./John Fogerty/Bright Eyes Friday, Oct. 1 Philadelphia Saturday, Oct. 2 Cleveland Sunday, Oct. 3 Ann Arbor Tuesday, Oct. 5 St. Paul Friday, Oct. 8 Orlando Dixie Chicks/James Taylor Friday, Oct. 1 Pittsburgh Saturday, Oct. 2 Cleveland Sunday, Oct. 3 Detroit Tuesday, Oct. 5 Iowa City Wednesday, Oct. 6 St. Louis Friday, Oct. 8 Tampa Bay
John Mellencamp/Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds Friday, Oct. 1 Wilkes-Barre Saturday, Oct. 2 Cincinnati Sunday, Oct. 3 Kalamazoo Tuesday, Oct. 5 Milwaukee Friday, Oct. 8 Miami
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