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. Jdona

    Who in the he** is Arcade Fire? Never heard of them. Wow, this is so cool, being endorsed by a bunch of Canadians. Can they also vote in the upcoming election? Duh.

    March 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Willie

    Women have the right to vote for Hillary because she is a woman just like blacks have the right to vote for Obama because he is black. If you seen Bill Mahr on HBO, you would see why a woman president is needed. All of their remarks were so sexiest. Also, CNN is biased. Why are they giving Obama this free advertisement? Obama is only trying to bribe is voters with a stupid rock concert by an indy band. Wow!! If a rock concert convinces you to vote for Obama then your college education means nothing.

    March 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Desmond Josaiah

    Hope this comment is posted: Most disappointed that CNN could condescend so low as to be biased in favor of one candidate over the other. The so called called political analysts called in to comment on debates seem hired to defend issues that against Obama, and to project ones that favor him. My gratest disappointment is the bias of CNN. I would ask particularly Anderson Cooper: What has The Clintons done to deserve media/press hatred, and especially CNN. For your information this is clear to everybody but each persons reaction to your bias depends on whether the support or against your annointed candidate Obama. However, let us hope that the will of God for American people will prevail over our biases. But I would expect the media/press to report objectively.

    March 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Jim

    What is Obuma going to do if he is elected, since Hillary wont be there for him to copy, He is always saying in the debates hillary is correct or what hillary said, The media has too much control already, with him in office they will have even more, if he wins the nomination I'm voting republican. and so are all my freinds and family

    March 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. ORK

    All those winning like hillary that this is not news and he is not discussing the issues at hand, well check the next ticker entry, hillary is appearing on the daily show.. now that is news huh, there she is going to discuss the ins and outs of policies.. hypocrites abound!

    March 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. SJ Thornton

    Les, (comment #2) I didn't know the Clintons were in legal trouble.
    CNN why didn't you inform us about this?

    March 1, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Jessica

    First, thanks to those who have taken the time to write a thoughtful and objective analysis of the candidates. For those who are spewing hatred, bitterness, and animosity, you do nothing to change anyone's mind and you reflect badly on your candidate. After all, America is a democracy where people have the opportunity to support the person that they think is the best candidate. Let's show the world that we can respectfully disagree. As Democrats, we should be excited that we have two good candidates to excite us. The Republicans did not have that! Moreover, we should be excited about the elections bringing in new voters who have been disengaged. We have a great country that can be even greater if we get most of us involved in addressing our country's problems rather than just complaining about them and attacking one another. I'm looking at a candidate of high integrity and character who will make the right decisions in times of high stress and duress. There have been great presidents who have had little experience who had a major positive impact on our country (Lincoln) and ones with great experience who made terrible decisions that hurt the country. Let's all step back and vote our conscience and not be swayed by the emotional appeals to our fear. Isn't that how the Republicans got into power and kept the office? Where did fear get us, but into war and recession?

    March 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Dylan from CA

    "Oh, Arcade Fire – wow, that is going to convince a lot of college students to vote for Obama … as if he needed more lemmings among that constituency." -Mike

    So we college students are nothing but a bunch of "lemmings" Mike? Maybe so, but we're a bunch of lemmings that are going to determine the Democratic nominee and ultimately the President of the United States. And I guarantee we lemmings are a hell of a lot more informed than you are.

    March 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Mike

    A rock band supporting and playing for Obama....what will that do for the economy and all the problems we are facing today. Obama is a hipocrite that will say anything to get the vote. Pleople wakr up. In Ohio he talks about NAFTA but since it worked in South Texas he will not even mention it. Obama lacks experiece to get this country out of this mess!!

    March 1, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. SJ Thornton

    Will all the votes be counted? According to an article in the New York Times, there were votes for Obama which were not counted. Why isn't CNN reporting that?

    March 1, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. csc

    The Rezco Trial Starts on Monday. This should Reveal Just what sort of politician Obama is. Pay attention. Obama is a Wolf in Sheeps clothing. For all undecided Voters, take a hard look. Obama is not what he seems.

    March 1, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. james

    The one being treated unfair by the media is Obama. If he had lost 11 straight primary and caucus the media would have declared him dead. If he had lost three in a row to Hillary the media would have declared him dead. The sad thing is the media does not want to see a black man president. The media has made a conscious effort to sell us this story that hispanics will not vote for a black man as president contrary to evidence that historically hispanics have voted for black elected officials. Is the media trying to say hispanics are racist? The media should be ashamed of themselves. Even with John Mccain. The media allows him to get away with everything. Why is Pastor John Hagee's endorsement of John Mccain not being more scrutinized. Why is Mccain allowed to not "denounce and reject Hagee's endorsement. Obama denounced and rejected Farrakhan's endorsement and the media still tried to fan the flames as if Obama hadn't done enough. Obama did more than Hillary did when one of her supporters recently made a seemingly racist statement about Hispanics will not vote for blacks, and more than Mccain did about the endorsement of the Catholic hating pastor John Hagee.

    March 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. SJ Thornton

    I am tired of the Clintons and Bushes in office. Enough! I want new blood!

    March 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Edi

    I am so glad Obama chose a mostly Canadian band to fire him up in Ohio. Obama has blown it here when a sr. aide from his campaign phoned the Prime Minister's Office and told them that they should not believe that he will pull out of NAFTA. This was reconfirmed by the Prime Minister's Office. He phoned BEFORE the debate. We will never believe him here in Canada. I don't understand how he can be believed now in the US.

    March 1, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Kristin, Athens, OH

    Just from the standpoint of an OU college student, most people I've talked to here support Obama, but there were some Hillary supporters in line this morning who just wanted to see the band.

    If they want to come here and play a free show, that's cool. I didn't go to see them in Columbus a few months ago because it was over $40, and think its nice they're willing to play for free on their own accord. I mean, at least someone actually believes in something.

    I understand that most people think Obama doesn't have any weight to his eloquent speeches, but a lot of the young voters out there are sick and tired of the monarchial patterns that our country is seeing in presidents. Whether or not you think Hillary could do a good job, let's face it – we already have a group of families basically running our economy, so lets give someone else a chance to at least be president.

    I don't hate Hillary at all, but think about it for a sec. If you were president and your spouse had already done the job, wouldn't you be inclined to confide in them about things? Good relationships yield good communication. Spouses talk about each other's days at work, and what they're doing – that is part of being close to someone. So undoubtedly Bill (although he seems like an okay dude, no hating) is going to share advice with his wife. I'm not saying that she couldn't hold her own, but if you think about the reality of it, she's going to be getting a lot of help from Bill just because that's what spouses do.

    I say, let's see what Obama has to offer. It probably couldn't make anything worse.

    March 1, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Dominoid

    For all you "This is news?" Obama haters. Yes it is. Checkout the people posting "hate" over here who are on the other blog posting how awesome it is for Clinton to be on the Daily show tomorrow. Hypocrites.

    March 1, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. dance

    TX & Ohio Go Hillary 08!

    March 1, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Tony, nm

    "Substance over Rhetoric"?

    get real.
    vote Obama

    March 1, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. SJ Thornton

    The more I hear from the Clintons about how bad Obama, the more I realize we need new blood in the White House.

    March 1, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. SJ Thornton

    What is wrong with CNN always reporting favorable articles about the Clintons. They might as well just endose her!

    March 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. H

    Joe, I agree.

    Hillary 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. someone smiling in Texas

    I'm from way down South Texas and have never heard of any of the two groups playing (Arcade Fire or indie Whatever) and if they really want to pull in young votes he can promise a beer party after March 4th, since that's what college students live for(free beer parties) hopefully Hillary can have her own rally with High school Musical and Hanna Montana, so that the little kids can encourage their parents to go out and vote......I know who they daughter loves them.

    Hillary 08.....all the way!!!!!

    March 1, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Tired of the foolishness

    I have read so many comments over the past few days. And it is really hilarious. As a democratic party we are truly amusing the republican party. They are enjoying the foolishness that is going back and forth between the candidates & the voters. Unless we get it together... it really isn't going to matter who wins the nomination, Obama or Clinton, because the Republican party is going to come out on top.

    March 1, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. vl

    Gosh, what are we doing here? Are we having a "Battle of the Bands" or are we voting for a President? Get real, this is stupid.

    CNN, you are really losing it to report this stupid crap.

    March 1, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Johnny Hodge

    ouch Arcade Fire. I used to have respect for you. Your albums and lyrics made it seem like you understood the world. How mistaken was I? At the end of the day EXPERIENCE, REAL STRENGTH (see Hillary), and CREDIBILITY (not afraid of your own history) really matter. I am a true Democrat who believes that if a candidate does not know how to handle tough issues (see RUSSIA, CHINA, ETC.) then I cannot support them. and no having a SUPER TEAM around you doesn't count (see GW BUSH). I have been proud of America since I was born. Nobody is perfect and to pretend so makes you arrogant and stupid. Do bands do this to increase album sales by the way? I hope not....or to be seen as having picked the COOL PERSON over the PRACTICAL. Pathetic indeed.

    March 1, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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