March 1st, 2008
09:58 AM ET
3 years ago

Arcade Fire to perform for Obama in Ohio

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Win Butler, of Arcade Fire, performs with the band in Australia recently (Getty Images).

(CNN) – Add a few more stars to the long list of celebrities lining up behind Barack Obama.

The celebrated indie rock group Arcade Fire will perform two concerts for Obama in Ohio on Sunday and Monday in advance of the state’s crucial primary contest, CNN has learned. They’re set to perform at an Obama rally on Sunday in Nelsonville, southeast of Columbus, and again on Monday in Cleveland.

The Montreal-based group consists mostly of Canadians, but is fronted by Texas native Win Butler, who initially reached out to the campaign to organize the gig.

Butler made his support for Obama public in January after the New Hampshire primary, when he blogged a pointed, if somewhat profane, critique of Clinton's victory speech on the band's web site.

According to the music web site pitchforkmedia.com, the Arcade Fire frontman isn't the only high-profile indie celeb to endorse Obama: Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and Conor Oberst, a.k.a Bright Eyes, have also jumped on the Illinois senator's bandwagon.

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Ohio
soundoff (269 Responses)
  1. Barry

    Chris in Orlando

    Just because you're out of the loop in music doesn't mean everyone else is. The Arcade Fire are one of the top bands in Indie Rock today..
    They sell out shows where ever they play.

    What the hell is the point of the campaign BUT to get people to vote for you? Are you that dense? Why's Hillary going on Jon Stewart's show? For fun?

    March 1, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. The women of Rhode Island

    Another reason we love Obama.

    March 1, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Barry

    And yes, of course because they're young voters, they're crazed. Yet Hillary cries and then suddenly wins a primary, who are the crazed voters?

    March 1, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Donna

    Look, Hillary is the past, Barack is the future. Maybe another time, Hillary would have been right for our times. She is more of the same that we've seen in Washington for decades. Why would you want more of the same? Her campaign has been nearly entirely gender-based. I'm sorry, it's not just about women, it's about all of us. Barack is all-inclusive. He has united millions of people world-wide. Bush, Clinton, Bush, why another Clinton, I ask you? It's not Hillary's turn, it's the people's turn. The people are taking back their interest in politics and are taking back their government. I am proud to support Barack Obama. He has inspired me to care and volunteer for my country.

    March 1, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Barack Oprah

    Young voters don't know the differesnce between Obama and Oprah.
    So, they actually voting for OPRAH.

    March 1, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. The women of Rhode Island

    Obama's entire campaign has been an overwhelmingly positive one. He is truly a blessed man and we can't wait to cast our votes for him THIS TUESDAY ( we are counting down the days). We support President Obama.

    March 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. jason

    Seems to be more of the same... scorched earth strategy and fear tactics vs. authenticity and good judgment. And voting for Obama does not mean one has a misguided view on the role of women in society; that is just wrong to say. On that logic, a vote for Hillary would be perceived as racist, which is totally incorrect!

    Arcade Fire should not swing anybody either way, but I still say go Obama!

    Also I would respect Hillary more if she would be transparent about things like financials and tax returns.

    March 1, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Ron

    This is such a cheap story Id rather read Dr Seuss than this garbage.CNN go back to school

    March 1, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Darla from PA

    This comes in reply to Peter who noted (and those are not my typos or grammatical errors I’m copying into this quote): “You people are keep saying that he doesn't have experience and can't make decisions… yet you say he is the chairmen of the European committee. How come an inexperienced senator be a chairman? The reason why he is a chairman is because his experience and can make a sound judgment. Remember IRAQ. Is Hillary a chairman of anything? May be chairman of dirty politics.”

    The sad fact is, Peter, a title itself does not infer any experience whatsoever. And Barack himself confessed he as Chairman had not convened any oversight meetings because he was too busy campaigning. So, certainly, he can make decisions—and in this case he obviously “decided” it was more important to campaign for President than to actually do something about the military situation in Afghanistan, the same situation he talks so much about on the campaign trail and promises to fix “when he is President.” Well, he’s already had more than a year to do something about it—so I can’t say that gives me a lot of faith. But while they’ve both been campaigning, Hillary has actually implemented actions to provide better care on several fronts for our military members so valiantly serving our country, she took on the President to ensure injured military members did not have to give back their sign-on bonuses as was unfortunately happening under the Bush administration, and the list goes on. And no, she wasn’t doing that as a Chairman of any committee, simply doing her job as a lowly member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee. I don’t see how anybody can call that dirty politics—it is a part of what politics is supposed to be about. But I guess Barack hasn’t learned that yet; he’s too busy giving speeches. (He gave another speech too—the one where he told the constituents that had just voted him into the US Senate that he would be serving out his entire term because he wasn’t experienced enough to run for President yet. Oops, guess he and all his supporters forgot about that one too.) Sorry, but I’d rather vote for the person who actually does the jobs she’s been hired for and has gained the actual experience; not the one who only makes pretty speeches about it but then fails to follow through. Our country is in too precarious a situation for that—please think about who you’re really voting for people.

    March 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. The Truth, according to the good folks in Cleveland

    The more the Clintons attack Mr. Obama, the more America wants to embrace him. Thanks, Maggie Williams (great reverse psychology tactic). Can't wait to hear Hillary's concession speech on Tuesday.

    XOXO

    The Ohio constituency.

    March 1, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. get real

    Its called a rally for a reason, to get people excited. Also, the band wanted to do this, not other way around. If Obama campaign said no, all of you people complaining would have then said, oh Obama think he is too good to have an Canadian band at his rally. It is very common to have bands play at rallies.

    Obama 08

    March 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. elizabeth

    Like someone said before The Arcade Fire didn't ask him to perform. They're doing it because they support Obama and also they did come in at number 2 on the billboard music charts so yeah they are celebrities. Maybe you've just never heard of them.

    March 1, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Tim in Canada

    This is for Mr McCain. Nafta means North American Free Trade Agreement. Our soldiers are not for trade, they are there for NATO, for Afganistan and for Canada, so I sugest that you leave them out of your politics. By the way do you know how many have died for the good of the people of Afganistan? I think they deserve your respect.

    March 1, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. liephobe

    PLEASE SEARCH CLINTON BEFORE YOU VOTE FOR HER!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. no obama EVER

    This only confirm to me the hipocrasy of obama. I thought he wanted change! this is business as usual, taken from the pages of Bill Clintn's campain.

    is Arcade fire anyway low on sales?

    Hillary or McCain I'm tired of this celebrity culture. ENOUGH we are electing a president of the US, not the next american idol.

    March 1, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Sue

    People what is going on,did any of you think this is what's going on in side our white house too..(Everyone take a deep breath) no matter what the turn out is, , no one had anything to say about Bush or make him tell us what's going on. (Put him on the stand)

    March 1, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. michael

    Sen. Clinton accepts donations from troubled firm
    1 march

    March 1, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Athan from MD.

    WAKE UP DEMS.. VOTE HILLARY!!

    if BO wins in Texas will be ONLY BECAUSE REPUBLICANS WILL VOTE FOR HIM.

    With John McCain well ahead Texans can vote in either party's primary, Republicans have been casting hate Hillary vote.

    March 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. HR-2003

    OHIO IS OBAMA'S LAND.
    TEXAS IS OBAMA'S LAND.

    OBAMA IS FOR CHANGE.
    CLINTON IS THE PART OF OLD GOVERNMENT.
    NAFTA WAS SIGNED BY HER HUSBAND & SHE SUPPORTED. SHE SAID, NOW SHE WANT TO FIX IT. FLIP FLOP HILARY.
    OBAMA OPPOSES NAFTA FROM THE BEGINING.

    I LIVE IN OHIO AND ALL MY FAMILY MEMBERS (50) WILL BE VOTE FOR OBAMA.

    MY FAMILY IS SUFFERED FROM NAFTA. NAFTA IS GOOD FOR CHINA AND BAD FOR US.

    YES WE CAN & SUPPORT OBAMA BY ALL MEANS.
    NO DOUBT THAT OBAMA WILL WILL THE NOMINATION AND WIN MCCAIN.

    HE WILL BE THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF USA.

    March 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. sivananthi

    I DON^T GET THIS….
    IF THE DEMOCRATS ARE MOSTLY VOTING FOR HILLARY CLINTON AND T HE INDEPENDENTS ARE VOTING FOR OBAMA , WHY IS OBAMA GOING AS A DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE??????????????????

    BY THE WAY WE LOVE YOU ARCADE FIRE...................

    March 1, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Hannah Wirtshafter

    As has indie singer/songwriter Andrew Bird, who played a benefit concert for him on Feb. 28, 2008

    March 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Sabrina from Calif

    Arcade Fire? I don't think this is as much of an endorsement for Obama, as it is drumming up exposure for their band.

    They probably think Obama is running against the only Hillary they know about, HILLARY DUFF. Since they are relatively unknowns, they should concentrate more on their record sales.

    Obviously, they are looking for a way to boost their career in the name of politics. Not COOL guys!

    March 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Matt in Ohio

    This sounds pretty silly to me. An indie Canadian rock band with a limited college audience doesn't sound like a smart way to go when trying to capture the conservative, blue collar Democrats of Ohio. This might serve to capture a few college votes for him but may alienate core democratic voters in the state and may not resonate well with undecided voters. He would have been better having Stevie Wonder of Beyonce headline for him. They have much greater universal appeal and would attract an audience more likely to vote on Tuesday.

    My college kids say they are going to camp out the night before for front row seats and then leave when the band finishes.

    March 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. RJ

    Sorry I;m more interested in the Superior court case in California
    Clintons vs Peter Paul for Campaign Finance Fraud
    Why is that such a secret!!!!!

    March 1, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Pasha

    Leave or Love Obama is the....................2008

    Fresh brain can do a lot for the United State's future development. I hope, the time of prosperity of each and every one is appeared depending only the correct placement of your single vote.

    Who will give us rest, refreshment, and excitement, if we vote for our wives. The house will be yours and you would play with the dogs.

    Care and Cure the health of the society with the help of your power.

    March 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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