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. Andy

    I fall into the "angry young white male" category, so I love it when women get on here and say that they're voting for Hillary just because they want to vote for the first woman president. Ooh, she's being scrutinized; ooh, Obama's being coddled. Hillary's run a horrible campaign; she and her husband have alienated themselves from the media, and she has no ability to connect with anyone besides the people who support the current system in Washington. This older generation who, at least in part, wants to see a woman in the White House, and doesn't want to see a black man there. Hillary's "experience" is the kind that I don't want making important decisions in my government. If she wins the DNC nomination, and wins the presidency, I'm finding a different country to live in. It'll just show how corrupt Washington is and how gullible Americans really are.

    March 1, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. AJ, IL

    Unfortunately, Hillary and her campaign are playing with a double-edge sword by talking about Obama's role in a subcommittee involving the European Union military. I'm sure Hillary is suppose to be leading sub-committees as well but the American public is unaware of this, and Obama's campaign is trying to be positive. But if Hillary is the nominee, this sub-committee relevation about Obama will be brought to light against Hillary in a general election.

    Obama in 08!

    March 1, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. John

    I cannot support Hillary unless and until she discloses the Whitehouse papers and her and Bills Tax returns there is absolutely no doubt that she will shift any dodgy dealings over to Bill to make herself look better.
    I guarantee the voters that if there is no definitive decision on the 4th March she will delay these disclosures until after 22 April and Pensylvania.
    I just cannot imagine what ammunition she will hand on a plate to Barack Obama and John McCain. Her contributions from the Drug and Oil companies maybe.
    Why is she so reluctant to disclose the infomation?????????????? Until she does it leaves a huge question mark over her ethics, honesty and Character. No disclosure, No vote for Hillary.

    March 1, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Against the Cult

    I love Arcade Fire & Wilco but so what if the endorse Obama? As a young rock fan is that meant to make me vote for him? I honestly think that people who are swayed by Obama by his rock star status are sadly shallow and unintelligent.

    The same goes for all those voting for him for reasons that have nothing to do with the real issues. The amount of grief I have got from fellow young so called intelligent alumni grad school friends from prestigious universities because of my support of Clinton has been astounding. So far the only honest well and well researched reason a person has given for their support of Obama over Clinton is that they cant stand the Clintons or they cant stand a woman in power.

    You cant do your homework and say Obama is better qualified. I dont care how many degrees you have, you should not vote for a person because rock stars endorse them.

    March 1, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. NO_MO_CLINTONS in Tokyo

    WE LOVE YOU OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GOBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. VSS




    These are the people who elected our current president!
    I am afraid they will make a blunder this time too!

    March 1, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Quinn

    Hey Hillary Supporters!

    Since most of you think Hillary is getting a raw deal from the media just because she is a woman, how do explain both Bill and Hillary both having their stump speeches all over CNN this weekend?

    It's been a long time since this point was brought up, but Barack is STILL running against both of them. He is doing remarkably well despite the 2 to 1 media coverage of Camp Clinton. You can't deny it.

    March 1, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. marge

    James Baker adds, "There is no such thing as presidential experience outside of the job itself. The quality we ought to seek is leadership."

    ****This is the point the Clinton Kool-Aid drinkers fail to get! But Hillary has no more experience tahn Obama. ****************************

    Lucky March 1st, 2008 11:12 am ET

    Desperate Obama campaing now want to throw a concern.. Is that suppose to make him a more deisre candidate. Whatever! How dumb!
    I'm not looking for a cool president. He likes targeting young peope because they are ignorent and will vote for a cool kind of homie. Get a grip.. Go Hillary 08

    ************Desperate is NOT the correct term to describe!lol! In case you've been to busy blogging to notice......HE'S THE LEADER!!!!!!! Since when is the FRONT RUNNER desperate???
    BTW Hillary is appearing on the Jon Stewart show.....what is she a comedian???????*********************************************

    March 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. mrsingh

    Obama should get Chicago and Earth Wind and Fire to play. Also when he wins, there should be a celebration on white house grounds, not inside as the white house will be fumagated to take all the bush stench out, kind of what ?President Jackson? had but there shouldn't be any drink. Have all the news sources there too and broadcast all over the world!!

    March 1, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Spirit of America

    All these men supporting the only man stopping the first woman from becoming US President. And this during Womens History Month! Why am I not surprised? If Obama wins, not only will the Dems lose in November, but it will only prove that sexism is more potent than racism in America today, and that ain't good.

    March 1, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. no name


    March 1, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Marie

    CNN..Do you really consider this news worthy?

    March 1, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. no name


    March 1, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Mike

    What happened to the big Obama support? Are people finally seeing past the hype and realizing this guy is a parrot to Hillary? There are still a lot of people google-eyed over this false prophet.

    March 1, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Reality check

    Why Does CNN refuse to publish anything about Obama's friendship with William Ayers, a most despicable American terriost whose orgination bombed or tried to bomb many buildings in the USA, including the NYC police department and the Pentagon? Fair reporting? Not, or you would address this.

    March 1, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Dan


    The Arcade Fire is not a "little known indie band." Their last album debuted at #2 despite not having adds for it shoved down our throats like every major label release. They also happened to sell 25,000 tickets to their show in NYC that ended their US tour. Them playing a couple small clubs for free is not a publicity stunt. Everyone and their mothers knows who The Arcade Fire is. Maybe listening to trash like nickelback distracts you from following innovative music and not what the large corporations are trying to sell you.

    Secondly, college students are not "crazy" for following Obama to the polls. Crazy b/c he is a transparent candidate? Crazy b/c they are tired of the institution that Hillary represents? Crazy b/c we don't buy her propaganda proclaiming MIchigan and Florida as wins despite the fact that the candidates didn't campaign there and Obama's name wasn't even on the ballot in Michigan? She is tearing up the party by staying in a race she can not win unless the super-delegates take the vote away from the people of the US.

    March 1, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. from Boston

    This is absolutely ridiculous. The media is to blame for creating this Obamamania. This political climate and the loss of some very qualified candidates to lead this country can be blamed on them. Their impartiality, the unfairness to all the candidates (past and present) in this run for the presidency, their biases, their lack of scrutiny has put this country on a dangerous path. What they have actually done is divide this nation and the Democratic Party. In their quest to influence the race, to latch onto Obama and create a rock star candidate with no real experience takes us back to the days when the extreme right wing establishment of the so called Moral Majority divided us that is still prevalent today. The media, just like the lunatic papparazzi can make or break you. In this case, we are divided. It will backfire and John McCain has a great chance of winning just because extreme stands taken on by the Obama supporters. But then again, McCain is a good man, can work across the aisle and is very experienced.

    March 1, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Josh

    Heuristics man. Ain't nothing wrong with that. Hillary's got Billary, Obama has the youth of the United States, and those with education.

    March 1, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Tim

    Rowena is dead on right. The posts here by and large reflect such childishness it is shameful and the only ones who benefit are the GOP. We have two excellent, intelligent , and qualified candidates. We should be patting each other on the back at our good fortune. My advice- if you wouldn't let a child hear it, don't post it. Stop the name calling and insults and remember what is important- ending a war, making healthcare affordable, turning oureconomy around and closing the gap between the haves and have nots- this is what both democratic candidates aim to do. Get smart and stop tearing each other down. Neither Obama nor Hillary is causing the split in the party- the people who are out of control in their overzealous support for their candidate are. You may not get your first choice- but the democratic choice this year is the better choice, no matter which is the nominee. Start getting your minds around that.

    March 1, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. Bessie Robinson

    Hillary can not use the gender card because her political achievements were received as Ms. BILL Clinton. Her race for the White House is as Ms. BILL Clinton. In other words, there is no evidence she could have made these achievement, if it wasn't for BILL Clinton. They give her way too much credit, when all she has done is act like a spoiled brat. She acted like the Blacks were her pet, 'you have to support me because I am Ms. BILL Clinton' the only interaction she had with the Blacks was going to their churches. As Senator, she never reached out to her constituents living in public housing. There were plenty events where the other representative would appear, she is too important to interact with her constituents.
    What was missed by the media at the CNN debate, was, when Barack Obama made an opening statement, he thanked the University of Texas and he said it was an honor to be sitting beside her. She squinched at that. That is why in her closing remark she said it was an honor to sit next him. that is also why she wants to go first because he have better answer.

    March 1, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Sue

    Who cares? I do not. I care about the issues and what the candidate stands for . I also care about what the person can do to get this country back on track. This person is Hillary and if Hillary was a male the story would be different. I say Hillary 08 or I do not vote. She has the common sense, courage and determination this country needs.

    March 1, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. JimmySea

    the arcade fire rule!

    March 1, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. mychoice

    Get your facts straight and STOP listening to Hillary's misrepresentations like they are true. She will say and spin anything to win votes and cares nothing about the truth. The committee that Barack Obama chairs isn't over the relationship with Afganistan in NATO, that falls under the part of the committee that John Kerry chairs and Hillary knows that, but doesn't expect you to know it, therefore she plants the idea that Barack Obama isn't doing his job, and you all swallow her lies hook, line and sinker. STOP IT! She is counting on the american people being as stupid as she thinks we are and will just believe whatever she says. SHE LIES PEOPLE! DON'T LET HER BE RIGHT ABOUT YOUR BEING STUPID.

    March 1, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Harvey

    this is what you call a political ticker...why not run an article on Obama girl....and this is why people support Obama oh I forgot the ROCK STAR

    March 1, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Sean, Detroit MI

    I am dismayed by democrats who declare that "if Obama is the nominee then I'm voting for McCain!" or "If Hillary is the nominee, then I'm voting for McCain". These kinds of statements only show how racist or sexist you are. And it shows how you put your racism/sexism ahead if what is good for our country. I dont care who ends up being the eventual nominee, I'm still voting democrat come November. I'm hopeful for Obama, but I wont cut off my nose to spite me face.

    March 1, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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