More than 20 artists, including Dave Matthews Band, the Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and John Mellencamp announced today the launch of the Vote for Change Tour, which will kickoff on October 1st and bring its Vote for Change message to 9 of the 17 key electoral battleground states.

Danny Clinch
"The upcoming election provides everyone an opportunity to change the direction our country is headed and to elect a government that is just, rational and respectful of the views and rights of the people it serves. This coalition of artists wants to be a part of that change," said Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam.

Conceived by a loose coalition of musicians four months ago, Vote for Change is a multi-city, multi-artist tour that will include approximately 34 shows in 28 cities in 9 states over the course of one week.

Artist lineups include:

• Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band/R.E.M./John Fogerty/Bright Eyes
• Dixie Chicks/James Taylor
• Pearl Jam/Death Cab for Cutie
• Dave Matthews Band/Ben Harper/Jurassic 5/My Morning Jacket
Bonnie Raitt/Jackson Browne/ Keb' Mo'/ others TBA
• John Mellencamp/Babyface

These and other artists will be appearing on separate bills on the same night in select cities around several battleground states. Vote for Change artists hope to accomplish a single goal through the tour: to get people to the polls on November 2nd to vote for a change.

The Vote for Change tour came about as part of an informal conversation among a handful of artists on how they could make a difference in this year's elections and beyond. This idea has resulted in a first-of-its-kind endeavor where Vote for Change participating artists will focus their energies on the states where the elections are expected to be the closest. All Vote for Change artists are donating their time and talent in support of the tour.

The Vote for Change tour will be presented by MoveOn PAC , with all concert proceeds benefiting the work of America Coming Together (ACT).

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[Published on: 8/4/04]

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