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Vote For Change
Vote for Change Tour
Tour by MoveOn.org
VoteForChange.jpg
The tour poster, which shared characteristics with Captain America's shield.
Location United States
Start date September 27, 2004
End date October 13, 2004
Legs 1
No. of shows 40
Bruce Springsteen tour chronology
The Rising Tour
(2002-2003)
Vote for Change
(2004)
Devils & Dust Tour
(2005)
Dixie Chicks tour chronology
Top of the World Tour
(2003)
Vote for Change
(2004)
Accidents & Accusations Tour
(2006)
Pearl Jam tour chronology
Riot Act Tour
(2003)
Vote for Change
(2004)
2005 North American/Latin American Tour
(2005)

The Vote for Change tour was a politically motivated American popular music concert tour that took place in October 2004.[1] The tour was presented by MoveOn.org to benefit America Coming Together.[2] The tour was held in swing states and was designed to encourage people to register and vote. Though the tour and the organization were officially non-partisan, many of the performers urged people to vote against then President George W. Bush and for John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election campaign.[1][3][4][5] Bush would defeat Kerry in November 2004.

Itinerary

Every region had a specific night during which the concerts would be held in that region.[6] When concerts were held in the same city, they were at different venues.

Results

The tour was generally successful in attracting audiences,[according to whom?] generating media attention and raising approximately $10 million for America Coming Together.[7][better source needed]

In terms of the tour's effect on the 2004 election, none of the visited states went differently from what had been predicted in pre-election polls.[according to whom?] Four of the eight ended up voting in favor of Kerry (Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) while the other four went to Bush (Missouri, Iowa, Florida, and Ohio).[] The states that had the heaviest tour presence (five or six shows) also split evenly. The result in Ohio was the most critical, as it decided the election in Bush's favor[] (despite six shows there).

The shows

The Springsteen and E Street Band performances were compressed to two hours in length due to the multi-act nature of the concerts.[8] Especially at the beginning of his sets, Springsteen accomplished this by stripping down the songs,[8] removing elongated outros and false endings from the likes of "Born in the U.S.A." and "Badlands". In doing so, the style of the Vote for Change shows foreshadowed the next E Street outing,[according to whom?] the 2007 Magic Tour, when Springsteen adopted a similar approach.[]


Originals

Cover songs

Source:[8][9]

Tour dates

Performers

Performer Fairborn Cleveland (Theater) Columbus East Lansing Walker Detroit (Cobo) Detroit (Fox) Auburn Hills Kalamazoo Kansas City
Babyface Yes Yes
Ben Harper Yes Yes
Bonnie Raitt Yes Yes
Bright Eyes Yes
Bruce Springsteen Yes
Dave Matthews Band Yes Yes
Death Cab for Cutie Yes
Dixie Chicks Yes Yes Yes
Gob Roberts Yes
Jackson Browne Yes Yes
James Taylor Yes Yes
John Fogerty Yes
John Mellencamp Yes Yes
Jurassic 5 Yes Yes
Keb' Mo' Yes Yes
My Morning Jacket Yes Yes
Neil Young Yes
Pearl Jam Yes
R.E.M. Yes
Performer St. Louis (October 5) St. Louis (October 6) Saint Paul Madison Iowa City Milwaukee Des Moines Asheville Ames Jacksonville
Babyface Yes
Ben Harper Yes Yes
Bonnie Raitt Yes Yes
Bright Eyes Yes
Bruce Springsteen Yes
Dave Matthews Band Yes Yes
Death Cab for Cutie Yes Yes
Dixie Chicks Yes Yes
Gob Roberts Yes Yes
James Taylor Yes Yes
John Fogerty Yes
John Mellencamp Yes
John Prine Yes
Jurassic 5 Yes Yes
Keb' Mo' Yes Yes
My Morning Jacket Yes Yes
Neil Young Yes Yes
Pearl Jam Yes Yes
R.E.M. Yes
Sheryl Crow Yes
Performer Kissimmee Orlando Gainesville Clearwater Miami Beach Washington, D.C. East Rutherford
Babyface Yes Yes
Ben Harper Yes
Bonnie Raitt Yes
Bruce Springsteen Yes Yes Yes
Dave Matthews Band Yes Yes
Death Cab for Cutie Yes
Dixie Chicks Yes Yes
Eddie Vedder Yes
Gob Roberts Yes
Jackson Browne Yes Yes
James Taylor Yes Yes
John Fogerty Yes Yes Yes
John Mellencamp Yes Yes
Jurassic 5 Yes Yes
Keb' Mo' Yes
Neil Young Yes
Patti Scialfa Yes
Pearl Jam Yes Yes
Peter Frampton Yes
R.E.M. Yes Yes
Tracy Chapman Yes

References

  1. ^ a b "Voices for Change". Rolling Stone. 2004-10-14. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Tyrangiel, Josh (2004-10-11). "Born to Stump". Time. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Gardner, Elysa. "Springsteen, R.E.M., Other Big Acts Embark on Tour". USA Today. August 4, 2004.
  4. ^ Springsteen, Bruce. "Chords for Change". The New York Times. August 5, 2004.
  5. ^ Kay, Jennifer. "Springsteen, R.E.M. Kick off "Vote for Change" Concerts Across Swing States". Common Dreams NewsCenter. October 2, 2004.
  6. ^ Evans, Rob. "Bruce Springsteen takes Vote for Change Tour home" Archived 2004-10-10 at the Wayback Machine.. LiveDaily. October 4, 2004.
  7. ^ Fricke, David. "Taking It to the Streets". Rolling Stone. August 11, 2004.
  8. ^ a b c "2004 Setlists". Backstreets.com. October 2004. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-26. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Evans, Rob (October 4, 2004). "Bruce Springsteen takes Vote for Change Tour home". LiveDaily. Archived from the original on October 10, 2004. Retrieved 2013.

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