Hours before polls were to open for the 2004 United States presidential election, Scott Weiland used his band’s official Web site to convince fans to vote President George W. Bush out of office. “I call on you to mobilize the forces,” the Velvet Revolver frontman wrote in a note posted late yesterday (Nov. 1). “Is America really healthy? Is George Bush a Fascist? What are you going to do about it?”
In the lengthy missive, Weiland charges that Bush and his father, former president George Bush, “impose their will globally and unilaterally, for a number of reasons: anti-terror (defense spending), democracy (oil). Democracy, democracy, oil, oil, oil.”
The former Stone Temple Pilots singer also asserts that civil liberties and freedoms are at risk under the current administration, and alleges he has been newly targeted for close scrutiny since he began publicly discussing politics.
“Ever since our media blitz in Hollywood,” he said, referring to a free Oct. 13 performance in advance of its current U.S. tour, “I have been speaking out candidly about these issues. Now, in the middle of an American tour, the frequency of which I’m selected for ‘Special Security Screening’ at airports has jumped from about 30% to 80-90%. Once again I say to you; it’s not whether we’re moving in the direction of a fascist state, it’s whether or not you want it that way. Do you?”
At the end of the note, Weiland implores fans to “Place a vote to restore honor and pride back to America and the presidency. Vote for John Kerry. If you’re asking, ‘Why did you post this now? The day of?’ It’s because I want it to be the last thing on your mind before you hit that booth!”
Velvet Revolver’s tour continues Friday in Birmingham, Ala. The band’s debut RCA album, “Contraband,” debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.