Earle, Bragg, Morello Set Tour Plans
The trek begins Nov. 7-8 at the National Conference on Media Reform in Madison, Wis., and will wrap Nov. 24 in Washington, D.C.Dates have been unveiled for the politically minded Tell Us the Truth Tour, which, as first reported here, will feature Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Lester Chambers and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello (under the name the Nightwatchman). The trek begins Nov. 7-8 at the National Conference on Media Reform in Madison, Wis., and will wrap Nov. 24 in Washington, D.C.
Not all artists will appear on all dates, and additional acts may be added. Actress/comedian Janeane Garofalo will emcee the final four shows, which will feature Earle, Bragg, Chambers and Morello. The tour will spawn a companion Web site beginning Sunday (Oct. 12).
Earle told Billboard.com the tour is looking for more honesty and accountability from the mass media in their coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the disputed 2000 U.S. presidential election.
"Everyone can tell you all about hanging chads, but that's not what happened in Florida," he said. "That's not the important story. The important story in Florida is that hundreds of thousands of people had their names deleted from the voting rolls because they had the same name as someone else who committed a felony, because in Florida felons, can't vote.
"The point is, the media is aware that that's what happened, but they haven't touched it," he continued. "I mean, it's there. It's been on page six, but it never became front-page news, and it's not an accident that it didn't become front-page news."
Here are the Tell Us the Truth tour dates:
Nov. 7-8: Madison, Wis. (National Conference on Media Reform)
Nov. 10: Chicago (Park West)
Nov. 11: Royal Oak, Mich. (Royal Oak Music Theater)
Nov. 12: Indianapolis (the Vogue)
Nov. 14: Nashville (the Trap)
Nov. 15: Asheville, N.C. (venue TBA)
Nov. 16: Atlanta (Variety Playhouse)
Nov. 18: Tampa, Fla. (venue TBA)
Nov. 19: Miami (People's Gala for Global Justice)
Nov. 21: Philadelphia (Keswick Theatre)
Nov. 22: New York (Webster Hall)
Nov. 23: Boston (Berklee Performance Center)
Nov. 24: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)