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. Gonzalo

    Arcade Fire endorses Obama. How cool, now I'm totally voting for Obama. Oh please, I thought indie rockers we supposed to be above the hype. I love Acrade Fire and they have a right to endorse anyone, but this is getting a little too much. What's next, Paris Hilton endorses Obama, come on people this is all really ridiculous and strays from the issues Obama really stands for(if he does have any issues he can explain without blaming Bush).

    March 1, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. BUTCH

    I AM A CONSERVATIVE,NOT REP. OR DEM. ,SO I CAN HONESTLY SAY A VOTE FOR HILLARY IS FAR BETTER THAN A OBAMA. NEITHER SHARE MY VEIWS BUT I FEEL HILLARY CAN BE A BETTER LEADER THAN A FIRST TIME SENATOR THAT REALLY IS NO MORE QUALIFIED THAN THE SHOE LACES ON MY WORK BOOTS. WAKE UP AMERICA , WHY WOULD YOU VOTE FOR A MAN WHO WANTS US TO PAY A U.N. GLOBAL TAX , STAND DOWN OUR NUCLEAR ARSENAL, GIVE AWAY OUR HARD EARNED DOLLARS TO PEOPLE WHO FEEL THEY DONT NEED TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES. HE IS PUSHING A SOCIALISTIC POLICY THAT WILL RUIN AMERICA AS WE KNOW IT. HE DOESNT BELIEVE,OR POSSIBLY DOESNT EVEN KNOW WHAT OUR CONSTITUTION STANDS FOR.

    March 1, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Woman

    I'm a woman and I would never vote for Hillary.

    March 1, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Larry Buchas, New Britain, CT

    I'm not surprised my favorite celebrities are for Obama. And now the two best North American groups, Arcade Fire and Wilco, show their support.

    Clinton supporters, this should be your wake up call.

    Personally, I hope Barack selects Hillary as his running mate. We can still do this together. How about it, Barack?

    March 1, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Beth B

    my post never get posted...until I say they never get posted..
    CNN this is news?????????How does this info help children in poverty, help people suffering from Aids, Helps people pay thier bills, Help our troops, Help put food on our table, HELPS OUR CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM AUTISM...As a mother with children of Autism Im sick and tired of noone hearing us, so instead we have to read these types of reports.
    thanks for the continuing isults cnn

    March 1, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Kathy...I know the group and I am in my forties.

    Why don't you do something good and "hip" and volunteer your blogging time to reading with an inner-city child or soup kitchen or are you too hip for that?

    If so, maybe you are not the change Obama is talking about...;get over yourself.

    March 1, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. JOYCE

    THANK YOU CLINTON SUPPORTERS FOR ALL YOUR COMMENTS
    IT JUST REALLY MAKES THE REALITY MORE REAL WHO THE NEXT PRESIDENT WILL BE, SEE WHEN SOME ONE IS DOWN AND OUT, THEY SEAM TO STRICK AT THE OPPONET. YES WE OBAMA PEOPLE THANK YOU

    March 1, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. carlo

    Why do hillary supporters refer to obama supporters as "sheep?" We are very educated, extremely intelligent people, who research every claim made. Hillary's "35 years of experience" include good will trips as first lady? Get real. She has voted much in the senate since she started running, either, and has failed to sponsor more than a handful of bills since in office. She plays the blame game, blaming Gore losing for not getting the 200,000 jobs she promised to upstate New Yorkers. She has blamed the media, black people, ignorant mid-westerners, bigots, anti-feminist, and money for her losses. She has wasted millions of money donated to her on lavish expenses, incompetent staff, and bigoted supporters, yet she says now that obama should win all four states tuesday. Never mind the fact that he was trailing significantly a few weeks ago in those states.

    Do you really want someone who blames everyone else for her shortcomings? Not me.

    March 1, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. anonymous

    Seems like Obama fans has nothing else to do, they are always on the blog. I thought the educated ones support Obama, are the educated ones supposed to be rude? Obama=disaster, beware!!!!

    March 1, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Normal Joe

    Boy bands don't have a place in politics. They are Canadians anyways. These guys just want their 2 minutes of fame.

    March 1, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Mike

    Good a concert, after they perform Obama can use some of thier lyrics, transform them into a speech an do what he does best. PREACH & PLAGIARIZE!

    Hillary 08!

    March 1, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Mike

    The college vote is singnificant, though in reality most college students lack the life experience to relate to the REAL issues. MOST see Obama as a smooth, talking, hip, VH1 icon that they are able to relate to.

    If we are relying on the youth of this country to guide our political future, we are in serious trouble. Do you think he will give you a break on your tuition, no only lower educational standards to create a "balance of racial harmony" within our educational system.

    Go Hillary 08!

    March 1, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Debbie Maha

    There are a lot of customers left for this snake oil salesman.

    March 1, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Normal Joe

    These boy bands just want their 2 minutes of fame. They should stay out of politics. They are Canadians anyways..

    March 1, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Lee

    Fits with his American Idol type campaign. It does not impress me. If young voters vote for this guy because he sends you to a concert – God please be with the USA. The US is going to hell in a handbasket. Wonder how the young people will feel when 4 years from now they dont have money to take the bus to walk 4 miles to get to a used clothing outlet – oh the days of the concert – wish we woulda been smarter...

    Hillary is the way out of this mess and you guys are missin it.

    March 1, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Kim in Ohio

    How nice of Barack to treat Ohioans to a nice concert but my vote is not for sale, not even to see Arcade Fire. I would have been far more impressed to see him in discussions with Gov. Strickland regarding his agenda to bring the state back to prosperity following the devastating years of the Taft administration. Fortunately, Gov. Strickland spent his time wisely with Hillary Clinton. We don't need free concerts, WE NEED JOBS!

    In the debates, Barack had no original answers. Just agreed with Hillary. When the phone rings at 3:00 a.m., does he plan to have Hillary on speed dial so he knows what to say? Let's cut out the middle man and simply VOTE FOR HILLARY!

    March 1, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. xavier

    BUTCH – Obama taught constitutional law. I suspect he knows more about it than you do. Conservative as you may be, there isn't much of a difference between Obama and Hillary, and choosing to post in all caps won't change that.

    March 1, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Chicago

    If Obama was a woman she'd never be in the position the man Obama is in now.

    I voted for Clinton twice, Gore and Kerry once, but will never vote for Barak Obama.

    March 1, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. ct

    " Jorge....: TO TAKE BACK WHAT? We are not the proletariat rising against the Bourgeoisie…"

    like your comment, but these words made me think ; I escaped from communism. He using these words above. To take back..... take back what? It is so limited. Communists took all possessions from rich people, they let them die in poverty, they did terrible things to people.....is this going to happen here? What i worry is the reverse racism. So far it is mostly and mainly afro-americans in speeches, not the other races....if he would be honest, non-racist, he would be mentioning people of this country, not african-american, he would say all the races and religions......I really worry, I went through hell, hoped for good, this is scary.

    March 1, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Chris, Orlando, FL

    THIS IS SUCH A PUBLICITY STUNT!

    What a joke Obama's become. Doesn't anyone see that this is just a ploy for the band, and Obama, to get some butts in seats? The little known indie band sees this as a perfect opportunity to quaduple the size of their usual audience, and Obama sees this as a perfect opportunity to get more crazed 18, 19, and 20 year olds out to "follow him" to the polls like sheep.

    March 1, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Jon Brooklyn, NY

    Obama did not ask the Arcade Fire to perform for him.
    (They put this together on their own...and since when have rock 'n roll and politics not gone hand in hand??)
    Obama is not cool (nor has there ever really been a "cool" politician).
    He does not have as much experience as I'd like to see in a presidential candidate, and his track record is not spotless (but show me one politician who's record is).

    What he has, most importantly, is sound judgment.
    What he embodies is a changing of the guard in the leadership of this nation.
    Hillary Clinton represents the same old Washington that has not worked for this country for many years now.
    She is now clearly power-smitten, and will do anything and say anything to get into office. What does that mean she'll do and say if she were to get there?
    Her greatest success has been in further dividing the democratic party.
    Since when have the people of this great nation become so emotionally crippled and dehumanized by fear that we're not collectively willing to hope for a better tomorrow and act in a way that will get us there?

    We need to elect Obama as our next president.
    Not because he's cool, or because he can raise lot's of money...
    ...because he can alter the awful course this country has been headed on and will continue to head on unless we make a drastic change.

    Yes we can.

    March 1, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. TIRED OF HILLARY ALREADY

    Another Clinton past Bush Sr., Bill Clinton, BUSH SR. would be
    32 YEARS of a the same. That I think is called a MONARCHY!!!!!
    I never want to see a Bush or a Clinton again. Please.

    Obama 2008

    March 1, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. xavier

    ct – I don't consider Obama to be unstoppable like a tank. I consider it to be unstoppable like a sunrise.

    March 1, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Enough is Enough

    MEMO TO HILLARY'S CAMPAIGN MANAGER:

    The more you "throw in the kithcen sink" and attack Barack the more the people believe in him. So keep it up! Thanks.

    Obama/Powell 08

    March 1, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. joe

    TEXAS AND OHIO

    SHOW THE REST OF THE WORLD

    ITS A CRITICAL TIME FOR US

    AND WE WILL CHOOSE SUBSTANCE OVER RHETORIC

    HILLARY O8

    HILLARY 08

    HILLARY 08

    March 1, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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