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Rock Royalty to Join Voices Against Bush With Fall Concerts

Musicians will perform in swing states to try to affect
election. Playing for a cause is a tradition, but injecting
political views can be risky.

By Geoff Boucher

July 25, 2004 by the Los Angeles Times

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0725-02.htm

Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, R.E.M., Pearl Jam and a deep
roster of other rock stars will unite for politically minded
concerts this fall that will give voice to dissatisfaction
with the Bush administration.

The all-star rock shows, which are expected to begin in
October and target campaign swing states, are in the planning
stage but were confirmed by half a dozen music industry
sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Insiders disagree on the unifying rhythm of the celebrity
coalition. Some say it is the promise of the John F. Kerry
candidacy, but at least one emphasizes the fear of President
Bush's reelection. "There is a range of feeling about Kerry,"
the source said, "but a uniform belief that Bush must go."

The tour turns up the volume of the rock scene's role in
politics, but it is not the only example of an apparent surge
of commentary among artists. Rockers seem virtually unanimous
in their anti-Bush stance, just as country music has seen a
wave of passionate patriotism and support for the president,
exemplified by the songs of Toby Keith.

MTV has been showing a video by the British dance-pop outfit
Faithless that features a teen shipped off to Iraq only to
return home wounded and disillusioned. Representing a
different generation, Tom Waits and John Fogerty have
recorded songs about Iraq. For Waits, it's the first
political song of his four-decade career; for Fogerty, it's a
return to his Vietnam-era songs such as "Who'll Stop the
Rain."

Elsewhere, rapper Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is steering a new
voter registration drive, and the usually bratty punk-pop
band Green Day has said its next album will be a political
concept piece. Steve Earle has a new album laced with songs
about Iraq and Bush and even a mocking valentine to national
security advisor Condoleezza Rice. Blues player Keb Mo has an
upcoming album of peace songs, including John Lennon's
"Imagine" and Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth."

Introducing political commentary into music is sometimes a
risky prospect  even if it's just a passing reference.

Last weekend, Linda Ronstadt was booed in Las Vegas for
praising a Bush nemesis, filmmaker Michael Moore, while Ozzy
Osbourne relented to critics and removed concert imagery that
showed Bush and Hitler together on an overhead screen.

The countercultural mind-set and recklessness once at the
core of rock music now seem relegated to the distant past,
Elton John told Interview magazine. He said that protest had
often given way to strict careerism in this corporate age.

"There's an atmosphere of fear in America right now, and that
is deadly," John said. "Everyone is too career-conscious.
They're all too scared. Things have changed."

Tom Morello, guitarist with Rage Against the Machine and once
a staffer to the late California Democratic Sen. Alan
Cranston, is a veteran of politics-meets-rock. "I'm not
surprised you're seeing this music being made, and I'm not
surprised it's connecting with an audience," he said. "It's
not just people who write songs  carpenters, teachers,
everyone is ready for a regime change."

Morello was cited by some sources as a probable participant
in the concert series, but he declined to confirm plans for
the shows.

No album or song is likely to capture as much media attention
as the concerts involving Springsteen in swing states, which
are expected to take place in arenas.

Organizers have been tight-lipped since discussions of the
idea caught the ears of some of the stars in April. At the
end of last week, the formal announcement was scheduled for
Aug. 4 in New York.

Other artists expected to join the lineup include Earle, the
Dave Matthews Band, the Dixie Chicks, Bright Eyes, Ani
DiFranco, Death Cab for Cutie and International Noise
Conspiracy. There also are reports that Bob Dylan and James
Taylor may be part of the bill.

The shows reportedly will benefit several organizations,
chief among them MoveOn.org, the advocacy group that
champions a liberal agenda through Web-based grass-roots
efforts.

All-star concerts to raise money for philanthropic or
political causes have become a tradition. The template goes
back to 1971 with George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh
and the no-nukes shows of 1980 that featured Springsteen and
such artists as Taylor, Jackson Browne and Carly Simon.

Organizers have tried to keep the fall shows under wraps to
spotlight the official announcement. Springsteen's manager,
Jon Landau, declined to discuss the shows, and Young's
manager, Elliot Roberts, did not return calls. When Bertis
Downs, who manages R.E.M., was asked about the band's
fundraising plans, he replied, "I can't talk about that."

R.E.M became one of the first bands to criticize the war in
Iraq when it posted a song on its website in March 2003, the
month of the invasion.

Others now joining the critical chorus include the Beastie
Boys, a Perfect Circle and Jay Farrar, the alternative-
country rocker who said Saturday that he resisted political
messages in the past because the topic didn't fit his
sensibilities.

But now, he said, he would feel derelict if he didn't speak
up. "And there will be a lot more artists doing the same
thing if Bush gets reelected."

 Copyright 2004 Los Angeles Times


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