Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Kid Rock all turn out in support of their candidates
By Alex Baker
Bill Clinton’s 1992 successful bid for the White House may have been the first modern presidential campaign to feature a rock and roll theme song – Fleetwood Mac‘s “Don’t Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow).” In the two decades that have ensued since then, rock and politics have become evermore intertwined.
The current election is certainly no exception. President Obama after all, does a credible Al Green (see the video above) and GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan is on record as a metal head who lists Rage Against the Machine as his favorite band (Is it possible he doesn’t understand the lyrics?)
In an effort to court the vital youth vote, both of tomorrow’s candidates have enlisted rock and rollers to stump for them on the campaign trail. Bruce Springsteen has been working overtime to help reelect Barack Obama, only taking time out to appear at the Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together telethon on Friday night.
As President Obama himself said, “I’m the President, but he’s the Boss,” and the Boss has turned out big time for the Democrats’ cause in the last weeks of the election, appearing at campaign rallies across the country with the President, and even hitching a ride on Air Force One as the two journeyed from stump-to-stump together.
Meanwhile on the “Red State” side of the equation, Governor Romney has been able to call upon the services of Michigan rap-rocker Kid Rock to do his stumping. Rock (real name Robert James Ritchie), actually took a more conciliatory tone than we’ve typically heard from Republicans of late.
“It’s a little difficult to put myself in this position knowing it may alienate a few fans,” said Rock to a crowd at a campaign appearance. “But you know what I really believe strongly that it’s okay to disagree on politics and the direction of our country without hating one another.”
Even the “Bat Out of Hell” himself Meatloaf has stepped out of obscurity to endorse the Romney/Ryan ticket.
“I’ve never had a political agenda in my life,” said Meatloaf (real name Michael Lee Aday). “But I think that in 2012 this is the most important election in the history of the United States.”
President Obama and VP Joe Biden meanwhile got some heavyweight musical support over the weekend from Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder, who’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” has become a kind of unofficial campaign anthem for the Obama/Biden ticket.
Rapper Jay-Z is also well known for being not just a supporter of the President, but also one of his personal friends. The rap icon perhaps stole the show when it came to election rally performances this campaign cycle when he performed his classic hit “99 Problems” and replaced the word “b*tch” with “Mitt.”
Whatever your party affiliation or the outcome of the election may be, here at GSTV we strongly urge you to get out tomorrow and vote!