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

Arcade Fire to perform for Obama in Ohio


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, 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. Nancy

    James Smith writes:

    This is news? Forget about issues, let's talk about how cool Sen. Obama is to be endorsed by rock bands. The 20-some odd flag generals that showed support for Sen. Clinton during her speech on foreign policy makes her seem like such a nerd. Vote for cool, America!!!!!

    Now this scares me that young people would vote jfor someone just because a rock bank endorses. This is what we have been saying all along Obama is only getting the young vote because of stuff such as this. GROW UP

    March 1, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Kim

    Oooh I like Obama/Powell 09!!!

    March 1, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Frank

    hahaha, this country is in trouble. We can not vote based on the best interest on the country, instead on some nonsense speeches, rock stars. Obama claimed he opposed the Iraq war, did he vote? and based on the information FBI and CIA provided, he still said "No". What kind of thought he had, put our country in danger, or something is hidden? My vote goes to McCain if Hillary is not the nomination.

    March 1, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Sean

    Ok, who is Arcade Fire? Never heard of them at all. This is definitely some headline and attention grabbing news. No names flock to support Obama in Ohio leading up to the primary! Film at 11! LOL

    March 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. WJ

    Great News! If you guys ahven't heard of The Arcade Fire then you're not up to date with the current music scene – they're one of the biggest indie groups in the world.

    March 1, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Bob

    No Clinton dynasty ...

    We need fresh face....

    No scandals.
    On foreign policy we should talk to every one.....

    This will boost our understanding of the world.. and we will know why they hate us....

    Please no 100 years of war or scandals....

    Lets fix our bleeding country, and bring home our troops and focus and isolate al-queda

    March 1, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Ted van Tol

    Good morning America!

    Dont make the same mistake this time!
    Obama will change not only America but we will have a better world when he is your president. Respected over the whole world.
    He is a gift of heaven!
    Vote for him!

    Ted. The Netherlands.

    March 1, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Vig

    This just reinforces Obama's image as a rock star, hip, fresh breeze of air. Clinton has the righ stuff, Obama has concerts

    March 1, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Shey

    Let's see, celebrities only count if they're for Hillary. Got it....
    My mind spins at the hypocrisies forwarded on these message boards. I have to put on my twisted logic hat to keep up with everything

    Having said that...
    It doesn't matter to me how Hillary has run her campaign, I will not vote for her under any circumstances, even if it means sitting out this election, I will not vote for McCain either.

    Hillary lost my vote forever when she consistently rolled over and played dead and fetched for Bush. She's been Bush and Co's lapdog for the past several years……….UNTIL it wasn't prudent to do so because NOW she wants to be president.

    IF you've been paying attention for longer than the past 6 months…you'd know this is just one of her 'experienced' rolls she's played.

    This isn't a sporting event where you root for your team no matter how they're playing the game. It's real life, with real problems in our country.

    The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again...hoping for a different outcome. Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush,Clinton.

    Ready on Day One? Is this going to require, from now on, that every one suitable for the presidency will have to have lived in the white house first?

    C'mon people.....let's play this record out.

    March 1, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Jen

    Woohoo!!! Barack, you are the whole package and know exactly what America needs!!!

    March 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Wall

    Awesome – Love that Obama has the ears of youth – maybe he can convince them to stop driving around with those ridiculous sound systems blasting base out of the trunk of their cars – I usually can feel the vibration inside my body for a minute or so before they actually drive by – hey if he is president maybe I would at least get that out of it – I mean he looks about as uptight in those suits as any corporate exec I have seen so he cannot possibly like the base boomers either. LOL – what a joke this primary is proving to be.

    March 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Spirit of America

    This is Womens History Month. Why not really celebrate it by allowing Hillary to make history as the first-ever US President! Instead we have all these male singers joining forces with the one man who is standing in the way of this history-making event. When the woman is clearly the most qualified, why give the job to a man? Haven't we had enough of this sexism in America?

    March 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. elmo

    Grandstanding is that how you get people to vote? Obama has no clue on foreign policy or if there are terrorist groups in Iraq, yea, i want him as commander and chief. he is more an actor trying to be politician. Go to hollywood Obama where you belong.

    March 1, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Vicki in NY

    I'm disappointed in the indie rock scene. I thought the point of indie culture was to think for yourself, not follow the crowd. When I think for myself, looking at the actual issues, it's clear that the best candidate is Hillary Clinton.

    Kathy, from comment 1: I am a fan of Arcade Fire and have known who they are for years; it is moronic, immature, and irrelevent to suggest that Clinton supporters aren't 'hip.'

    As we all should have learned in high school, what's cool isn't always right.

    March 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Bill from Pa.

    obama does like this kind of music...........................................................

    he is just hoping that all the college weirdo's come out for

    a big pot head party. This musical group really does not have any #1 hits..................................................................................................................

    So the circus goes on and on..........Thankk God for CNN.

    We can post our view points, and see what really matters.

    Thanks again CNN.

    March 1, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Laurie

    Just heard Will. I.Am's new song....sounds tooo much like cult worship for me.

    Maybe what Obama needs to be is a guru or a tel-evangelist. He definitely has you guys in a trance. Looks a little alarming for me.

    This sounds like bangwagon mentality now and not locially sound and focused judgement.

    March 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. Wall

    Hey Kim – just read your post about Obama/Powell – except I think you mean Obama/Powell 08 – would hate for you to show up to the polls a year late. In reality I think you have some real substance in your posting – I am a Caucasian male who would love to see the mold of giving us only stuffy Caucasian males for president shattered beyond repair – I mean in many cases some of these guys could not be less inspiring or effective leaders. The sad thing is this Obama character in my opinion is so lacking in substance that it is astounding the attention he draws and it will be in my humble opinion a shame if he is in the history books as the first nontraditional US president – we have had eight years of mediocrity with Bush – I do not feel like another four years of mediocrity with the empty words of Obama, who himself only a few years back when he ran for the US Senate said that he would not consider a National campaign because of his lack of experience – but now Colin Powell I would feel very differently about – he is a man who I believe has real substance and would have been more in the limelight now if the Bush administration had not shafted him as Secretary of State (thanks Bush – another great job – wish you had listened more to Powell instead of giving us one of your stooges in Rice) So yeah Kim – I am with you except change that around in my opinion and take Obama out of the equation COMPLETELY and give us Powell!! Otherwise Clinton or McCain get my vote.

    March 1, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Sabrina from Calif

    I happen to think the support of 27, yes 27 flag generals, is a lot more of an endorsement for Hillary Clinton!!

    These strong men support the only other person they feel is strong enough to lead this great country, THEY TRUST HILLARY CLINTON!!

    Hmmm, let's see, do you value the opinion of Arcade Fire, a bunch of Canadians, or 27 of our most distinguished highly decorated American generals? The question and answer speaks for itself!


    March 1, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. Pasha

    The heaviest load of a nation is the subject of being their leader. I think, one person can bear it. Others are busy enough to their style, haircut and old being (needs more care, isolated hospitals).

    Nation is not a nation if it has not culture. Arcade Fire is a party of our cultural things which has moral values, motivation and encouragement, and so on.

    Arcade Fire, sports, and other jobs are the parties which arrange a nation's eyes to the right path. Why? Because they create business, no one will think about some thing bad because being busy to his job or entertainment. So, who ever say, Arcade fire is liked by the children or it is bad thing, he or she has not understood it's great role. It has great scope in every society.

    Those qualities proves that Obama can lead the nation into the real change.

    March 1, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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