Thursday, August 05, 2004

Dixie Chicks Tour to Defeat Bush

The Dixie Chicks and James Taylor will perform together in October as part of the Vote for Change concert tour aimed at defeating George W. Bush in his re-election bid. The Chicks and Taylor are among more than 20 acts scheduled to perform in nine swing states before the Nov. 2 presidential election. Others on the tour include John Mellencamp, the Dave Matthews Band, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street and, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, R.E.M., Babyface, Ben Harper and Pearl Jam. Multiple concerts will be staged on the same day in the same state to maximize the political effectiveness of the tour. All shows will take place Oct. 1-8.


In March 2003, when the U.S. was on the brink of the war in Iraq, Dixie Chicks lead vocalist Natalie Maines gained international attention when she told a London audience she was ashamed that Bush is from their home state of Texas. She later issued a written apology for making the statement and told a New Zealand TV reporter that her comment about Bush was "a joke."At the time of the London concert, the Dixie Chicks had already sold out virtually every show of its 2003 world tour. CD sales plummeted, however, and country radio programmers still show little indication of adding the trio back to station playlists.Talking to the Associated Press to promote the Vote for Change tour, Maines this week said, "A change is in order. There's never been a political climate like this, which is just the opposite of me as a person and what I believe in."

Comment on AlterNet. I don't want to revisit the moronic reaction to Maines' original comment, if I'd had this blog then I'd have had plenty to say. Anyway, they might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb. Noticed on CNN last week during the DemCon Kerry was using Bruce's No Surrender (one of my favourites) which includes the classic rock 'n' roll line : We learned more from a three minute record than we ever learned in school, not sure how that fits in with his education platform. Maybe it was a Reagan-era school. Bruce is no newcomer to this advocating-votes-against-Bush game, scroll down to 01.04.88 Uniondale, NY, middle of´Light of Day.´

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