Saturday, March 1, 2008

Arcade Fire perform for Obama

On Sunday March 2, the Arcade Fire will perform at Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio, and the following day they'll play at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland. Both performances are in support of Barack Obama's bid for the Democratic nomination. Ohio hosts several major primaries this Tuesday.

Perhaps to stem criticism that a Canadian band shouldn't be interfering in US politics, the group included this statement on their press release:

"Though the Arcade Fire is known as a Canadian band, Win and Will were born and raised in the U.S. (and spent their formative years in Texas), Regine is a dual citizen whose dad served in Vietnam, and Jeremy Gara is just a really nice Canadian who likes playing music and is sick of explaining to Americans what universal health care means."

On the band's website Win Butler noted that there has been a Clinton or Bush in the White House for all but nine years of his life, and the prospect of change is too "exhilarating" not to participate in.

Other indie celebrities endorsing Obama include Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes.

Republicans, unsurprisingly, have less luck with musicians. John Mellencamp and Tom Sholtz of Boston recently requested that John McCain and Mike Huckabee (respectively) cease and desist their use of "Pink Houses" and "More than a Feeling" at campaign rallies. These complaints echo Bruce Springsteen, who objected to the use of "Born in the USA" by Ronald Reagan in 1984. Reagan's campaign team apparently mistook the song's anti-Vietnam war lyrics as jingoistic.

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