March 1st, 2008
09:58 AM ET
11 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. Lena

    How is this BIAS??????

    I am so SICK of all the brain-washed dems who think every piece of news about obama is bias!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    There was a post about Ellen at Hillary's rally, so GET OVER IT.

    March 1, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Anonymous

    clinton news network is not happy nowadays. i think they will stop political reporting after march 4.

    March 1, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. c

    I don't know if this is really a good thing for Obama. I've seen Arcade Fire live on T.V. once and WOW did they suck!! I would have waked out if I were there. The so called innovative sound was not harmonizing in any way. VERY loud and annoying. They sound better in a studio where they can get professional help. I hope they perform better for the Obamabots!!

    March 1, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Lena

    Why isnt the media talking about Peter Paul???? And the tainted money (180 000) from that law firm that contributed to Hillary?????? At least NBC is transperent enough to talk about these issues.

    Give me a break with your bias argument!!! Hillary has been cut enough slack!!!!!!

    March 1, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Austin, Texas

    And noone knows about Obama's chief financial aid being apart of a bank who ruined peoples lives by giving low income people loans with hidden fee's and high interest rates, knowing they couldn't pay. This has been documented.
    And noone knows about Obama's ties with special interest groups, Lobbyists and PAC's. During his 2007/2008 Presidential campaign, he has taken money from medical/pharmasutical groups, and then lies straight to our faces saying he hasn't.
    Obama criticized Edwards for receiving money from Unions backing him before Iowa, but now that a major Union has spent over $1m campaigning for Obama in Texas and Ohio, it's suddently ok.
    And noone knows that Michelle Obama has visited a very rural poor community and told them to become school teachers and nurses because the corporate world just isn't for them.

    *sighs* cmon CNN. This will prbly not get posted because it brings out horrible truths about Obama.

    Obama only has momentum because these supposed college educated kids and near sighted adults only see the sparkly glitter in front of the camera, and not the solutions behind it.

    March 1, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Carmen

    Music from the soul.....................still does not mean you will be President...................................Hillary all the way 2008.

    Thank you CNN...please post.

    March 1, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. SS

    Apparently celebrities are not people so they should stay out of politics. Isn't that something?

    March 1, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. IOWA

    Lawrence Keeping it real you can find it on MSNBC first read
    about Hillary's new corruption charges

    March 1, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. sam


    March 1, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Giovina G. Crisalli

    To Chris,
    People all over the world have been blogging and wanting to add their voices and donations ( yes, putting their money hard earned euros) to getting Barack elected President. I know that their funds can not be accepted, but that's not the point.
    Barack Obama's message has reached out and touched people everywhere in the global community.
    There is no place in our society for your offensive words.

    March 1, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Peter

    Hillary and her supports are the biggest hypocrites.

    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.

    Hillary You loser!.

    March 1, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. lasis

    Chris or whatever you call your name.I know you are one of those bad losers out there.Why don't you just accept that Obama is our next president and jump into the bandwagon of winners.

    March 1, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. dee

    You know, the funny thing is when its all said and done just like Damon was able to leave the redsox for the Yankees Hillary will endorse obama by referring to him as the fiercest competitor in American history and together they will hold hands high up and march on to victory.

    March 1, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Barry IL

    It's NOT only Senator Obama but his campaign machine that's unstopable. Although the media rarely acknowledges it, the campaign group behind Senator Obama are untouchables. The old guards in Senator Clinton's campaign camp are no match to them.

    March 1, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. GDK

    Obama's campaign is a positive one.
    Music may be an hopelifting thing.

    As always, the Clinton supporters just tend to spin any news concerning Obama's campaign is a negative way.

    That's why Clinton will loose: she is the anti-hope candidate.

    March 1, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. wasforhillary

    get a grip... all of you... it's a concert. you people have lost it.

    it's good fun.. music is a part of everything in history. group up.

    you hillary supporters are some dark people. you can't let anything just be. just like her. crazy.

    March 1, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. Bill from Pa.

    Hillary has so much wisdon, spirit and affection for our country.

    Obama is cool, however I'm not looking for cool.

    We need experience, as well as a smart women for President.

    March 1, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. Houston, Texas

    I wonder why CNN didn't report those endorsements for Hillary...such as Wesley Clark, the general and NATO commander, remember?

    I vote for Hillary – the 35 years hard working woman for people!

    March 1, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Suzanne

    Hello! Anyone there? For those of you that think Barack has no experience, what rock have you been hiding under? Legislatively speaking, Barack has more experience.

    Do your research people. There are many reputable websites, including the candidates sites, that show their 'experience'. Hillary cannot count her years as first lady as experience.

    That said, Barack has run a smooth, well organized, and fiscally responsible campaign, unlike Hillary. He's cool and collected rather than emotional like Hillary. Now do you really want her answering the phone at 3:00 a.m. with her emotional outbursts?

    I'm all for a woman as President, but just not this one.

    Hillary has divided the democratic party by threatening to go back on her pledge to not count Michigan and Florida, and potential legal action against the Texas Democratic Party.

    She whines when things don't go her way.

    Yes we can!

    March 1, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. ml

    this is repulsing.
    Obama is overdoing this now. The bad copying of Hillary's ad, now the concert.... new Woodstock?
    Politics are not a rock concerts, but obviously for Obama they are. What kind of leadership is he offering? Rock concert does not help anything, just kids to get crazy about stars....

    I do want to live a life which is safe, we have enough money to support us, and help our children when very old, be able to save, to have health insurance – and help our parents. I do not care about rock stars -leave this to entertainment, do not mix it with politics. To try to buy young voters by staging rock stars is nasty.
    Hillary 08!!!

    March 1, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. A. K.

    Don't trust Clinton !! …. Ohio and Texas vote for Obama!

    Clinton's ad was fear mongering !!! Her answer was wrong!!!

    Of course she has many experiences, but bad experiences.

    March 1, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Joss

    Too bad I don't llive in Ohio.. I love the Arcade Fire!! What a great band.. You Ohio-ans are sure lucky 🙂


    March 1, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Bill from Pa.

    Will this music group give any money to the poor people of Ohia?

    I hope they do.

    However I'm voting for Hillary in 08.

    Thank you CNN, please post.

    March 1, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. AJ

    When did we Americans become so stupid? First G.W. Bush now Obama. It's incredible how quickly Americans flock to any cult like figure that appears n politics, no matter how little character or substance that person may show.
    I cant wait to see the next national disaster we wreak on ourselves.
    Obama = Hope?
    Yeah he insipres hope in me all right, hope that he will put HIMSELF aside and start doing his job and doing whats best for the nation. Both Obama and his wife are arrogant beyind belief. They have done NOTHING for america.
    The hope I have is that Obama and all the Obamazombies drink the Kool-Aide. The sooner the better, so we can go back to having rational political discourse.

    March 1, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. John White, Texas

    Well, all of you Clintonites can scream foul on this one too. It is just not the news media that has been unfair to Hillary. Arcade Fire and a multitude of entertainers are being unfair to the poor little rich girl too.

    March 1, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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