Vote For Change Tour Wraps In D.C.
The Vote for Change tour wrapped last night (Oct. 11) with a star-studded finale at Washington, D.C.'s MCI Center. To close the show, more than a dozen major acts teamed for covers of the Nick Lowe-wrThe Vote for Change tour wrapped last night (Oct. 11) with a star-studded finale at Washington, D.C.'s MCI Center. To close the show, more than a dozen major acts teamed for covers of the Nick Lowe-written, Elvis Costello-popularized "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding)" and Patti Smith's "People Have the Power," backed by Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
Broadcast live on Sundance mixed with documentary clips by filmmakers Albert Maysles and D.A. Pennebaker, the show capped a multiple-bill barnstorming tour through nine key presidential election swing states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri and North Carolina, in an effort to remove George W. Bush from the White House via the Nov. 2 U.S. Presidential election.
The evening offered mini-sets from the likes of Springsteen, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Dave Matthews Band, the Dixie Chicks, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne with Keb' Mo', Jurassic 5, John Mellencamp and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.
Springsteen and the E Streeters brought the house down during the final set, tearing through "Born in the U.S.A.," "Badlands," "No Surrender" and backing Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty on his new single, "Deja Vu (All Over Again)" and a frenetic "Fortunate Son."
"America is not always right," Springsteen told the crowd. "But one thing America should always be is true. The country we carry in our hearts is waiting."
A number of other collaborations highlighted the evening, including Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joining R.E.M. for "Begin the Begin," R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe chipping in with Springsteen and company for "Because the Night" and Springsteen returning the favor with guitar and vocal work on R.E.M.'s "Man on the Moon."
The Dixie Chicks teamed with Taylor for the latter's "Sweet Baby James" and "Shower the People," while Browne, Raitt and Keb' Mo' made a formidable trio on covers of E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt's "I Am a Patriot" and Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth."
The Vote for Change tour was conceived by artist managers Jon Landau, Kelly Curtis, Simon Renshaw, Coran Capshaw and Bertis Downs and presented by MoveOn PAC. Proceeds will benefit America Coming Together (ACT), which is working to empower Democratic and progressive candidates for U.S. elected offices.
"We have accomplished what we set out to do," Dave Matthews said in a statement released prior to last night's concert. "We made our voice heard, we motivated new and returning voters nationwide and we raised money to fund historic outreach and GOTV efforts. Now all we have to do as a country is vote for change on November 2nd."
Organizers claim to have recruited "thousands of new volunteers" during the tour, along with registering voters and raising "millions" for ACT, but did not release exact revenue figures.
Although the tour has essentially wrapped, one more show is planned tomorrow in East Rutherford, N.J., with Springsteen, Jackson Browne and John Fogerty, as well as Springsteen's wife/E Street Band singer/guitarist Patti Scialfa on the bill.