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. Joe, Newark

    Great... So instead of caring about issues we are going to listen to some music group? Musicians are the last people you should listen to about policies. They are just full of themselves and think everyone should care what they think. At least it'll get young people involved in politics.. cause thats what politics is, lots of music and fun things.. right?

    March 1, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. RAFi68

    the same people that support obama are the one who are going to cry when obama takes this country down to the toilet...

    March 1, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Alex

    This disappoints me... I love Arcade Fire. I wish young Americans weren't so ignorant. I feel like I'm the only 19 year old who supports Hillary.

    March 1, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Pia

    Oh, Hillary, I almost forgot to ask you once again-

    March 1, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. SJ Thornton

    Why isn't CNN reporting the Clinton's illegal fundraising trial?

    March 1, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Mike

    Obama supporters, keep making harsh comment about Hillary, without the support of her supporters Obama will never win in November, so please stop the hating!

    March 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. SJ Thornton

    Why doesn't CNN report anything negative about the Clintons!?

    March 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Nickie

    Never seen the band, but judging by the amount of comments I'm thinking this must be a really big deal for the younger more political savvy crowd. Obama is an incredible candidate and I'm excited about what is going to happen in Ohio and Texas. I've never been so engaged politically and I'm 42. I think that this has been so good for America. Personally though, I'm pretty sick of the dynastic feel to the presidency. Its long past time that we get someone new in the White House who isn't tarnished by all the political garbage of the past 32 or so years. The world watches and waits for us to do the right thing. Vote Obama '08!!!! Anyone that can get the young so energized and excited about politics has my support!

    March 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. jad

    I can see him in the white house already. People are fed up of the same people getting elected over and over. I think Obama will break the Bush- clinton routine in washington DC

    March 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Dalmo

    Brazil and the world want Obama president from USA.
    We want new leaders and new generation in the power.
    We want leaders that unite people but never divide them.
    Obama 2008!

    March 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Brandy, NJ


    Pointing out that Obama and his constitutional law education really doesn't help him.

    With his constitutional law education he voted for the schiavo law which was unconstitutional and over-stepped the powers of congress. Even he admitted this in the last debate when asked about votes he would take back.

    Running on 'being right on day one' ... apparently he isn't always right on day one. Further more, Hillary voted for the war resolution under the idea that X would happen ... when Y happened she took back her support. Hind sight is an amazing ability, in the schiavo law there was no hind sight to be had ... the law is what it is ... he said he knew the moment he voted for it that it was a mistake.

    So this shows that Obama is not only not always right on day one but he doesn't trust his own judgement and goes with the flock.


    March 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. KAY

    I will not waste vote on Obama

    March 1, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Darla from PA

    Hmmm, interesting! Once again, CNN is choosing to report on something positive about Barack's campaign while remaining silent on Hillary's lineup of musical talent endorsements and concerts and songs that are being put on for her! When will CNN be reporting on that "story" (including alive performance in Dallas Monday night)?

    (Now the other question, since I've not listed any details will CNN actually let this post make it to the list of comments or will it die in moderation as have the dozens of other thoughtful, factual posts I've tried to post?)

    March 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. PS in VA

    You guys continue to amaze me by supporting a loser. Hillary needs to go home.

    11 straight loses in a row! What part of loser don't you understand?

    Thanks Arcade Fire! You guys know a winner when you see one.

    March 1, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Joss

    "Now, one of Clinton's laws of politics is this. If one candidate is trying to scare you and the other one is try get you to think, if one candidate is appealing to your fears and the other one is appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope." -Bill Clinton, 2004

    True. Look it up – there is a clip of him saying that on you tube. Funny how things turn out. I guess he will be voting for Obama then?

    March 1, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Lee to Lee

    Is Hillary on the Daily Show news? How about her handing out cookies on an airplane? Or talking about her hairstyles?

    Hillary's celebritiy buddies have been on TX radio talk shows all this week talking about what a great pal she is. Then she held a rally with Ellen Degeneres cracking some lame jokes.

    If you mention Rezko then talk about Peter Paul, Stan Lee, and Norman Hsu.

    What is that old saying about pointing a finger?

    March 1, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. akaDoug

    IF only Barbara Striesand would support Obama and then we'd know the world was right!

    Big news for the youngsters and I'm hoping it will fire them up for Tuesday in the 4 states...however I'm more impressed with the MIlitary commanders that are endorsing him, the leaders of the Senate that endorse him, the Unions that endorse him and of course the majority of the country that wants to roll up our sleeves and work with him to make a better country!

    March 1, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. bill

    go to hillary clinton the movie on you tube to learn about her electoral fraud investigation.its terrible

    March 1, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Brent

    I am concerned over the ramifications over Hillary and Event 39.

    March 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Chris

    Hillary supporters are losing it. It is a sign that Hillary is losing and desperate.

    From the polls, we know that the educated with at least a college degree vote for Obama and the opposite vote for Hillary. Hillary is still in the race mainly because of women and racially motivated people.

    Wake up people. You made a mistake with Bush. Now don't repeat again Hillary is FRAUD. Why would you vote for someone who refuse to release her tax return.




    March 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Darla from PA

    This comes in reply to NW above who stated: “Would Laura Bush or any other first lady so arrogantly claim such experience? I do not think so. And if spouses count as they seem to in HRC's mind, then Michelle Obama is equally an expert in the matters of health care as her job attests.”

    IF Laura Bush or any other first lady aside from Clinton or Michelle Obama HAD actually implemented a national health care program that is now responsible for providing health insurance through the federally sponsored/jointly funded state programs to 6 million American children that would otherwise not have it (a plan by the way which Obama has chosen to implement in his state, as have 38 other states) OR had spoken out independently to the U.N. on Chinese soil about Human Rights and Women’s Rights, then they certainly would be entitled to claim such experience. But they didn’t. Hillary Clinton did (among many other accomplishments, independent of her husband)! So Hillary Clinton is certainly entitled and should very rightly reference these accomplishments and experience (even though Barack seems more than happy to try to take credit for that health care in his state without giving any credit whatsoever to her).

    March 1, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Abbas Elkhalifa

    Go...Obama Go...

    March 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Rebecca - Fresno, CA

    Great... large numbers of young people are supporting Sen. Obama and the musicians that support him are willing to do what they can to keep the momentum going!! I am so excited to see that young adults are becoming engaged again ...... My children and I agree on something for a CHANGE (no pun intended). Obama 08

    March 1, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. experience minus judgement equals disaster

    OBAMA WILL WIN....end of story. Like it or not.

    March 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Pete Riojas

    Obama wll use the same Intell. Info.given to Hillary and the rest of the Congress when they gave Bush authority to pursue Iraq on WMD.Will he trust the Intell. community or will he go against it as he did W/Iraq if lets say, Iran was to have WMD with the help of RUSSIA.

    March 1, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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