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Vote For Change: a series of vide statements by Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Keb' Mo' and Michael Stipe have been just released. Today eight Vote for Change artists released a series of video statements on why they feel a vote for change is needed on November 2nd. Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Keb' Mo' and Michael Stipe spoke about the issues that are important to each of them and their reasons for being part of this unprecedented tour.

"My point of view about it has been pretty simple," said Bruce Springsteen. "I think that if you mislead the country and you take the nation to war and you put our sons and daughters on the line and the basis on which you have taken the country to war has been proven false, you lose your job. It's not rocket science. When you do that you lose your job."

Vote for Change artists were brought together by a single idea -- the need to make a change in the direction of our country at the federal, state and local levels. The Vote for Change artists felt it was important to speak out prior to the tour's October 1st kick-off shows in Pennsylvania. Each of them took the time to address the reasons why a change of administration is essential to the health of our nation.

"They went out of their way, I believe, to lie to the American people about Iraq and made us feel so unsafe that we felt we had to do this when we really didn't," said Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. "There was no imminent danger. Sadaam Hussein didn't have anything to do with 9/11."

Bonnie Raitt added, "Jobs are being outsourced wholesale to the rest of the world. When you consider everything that is happening to the economy, to labor, the cost of health care and almost every issue that working class and middle class people care about, this administration has failed."

The Vote for Change tour came out of an informal conversation among a handful of artists on how they could make a difference in this year's elections and beyond. This idea has resulted in a first-of-its-kind endeavor where Vote for Change participating artists will focus their energies on the states where the elections are expected to be the closest.

The artist coalition includes Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Bonnie Raitt, Bright Eyes, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Dave Matthews Band, Death Cab for Cutie, Dixie Chicks, Jackson Brown, James Taylor, Jurassic 5, Keb' Mo', Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and My Morning Jacket. These artists will tour simultaneously in 11 battleground states as well as the District of Columbia over the course of 15 days with a grand finale set for Oct. 11th in Washington, D.C.

The finale brings together more than 12 artists for a four-hour performance that is set to be the centerpiece for the Sundance Channel's televised special titled National Anthem: Inside the "Vote for Change" Concert Tour. This documentary film will include behind-the-scenes footage from the tour and live performances from the Washington, D.C. event. National Anthem will air on Monday, October 11th during the performances from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.

All Vote for Change shows are presented by MoveOn PAC to benefit America Coming Together (ACT). All Vote for Change artists are donating their time and talent in support of the tour. For more information on Vote for Change, visit MoveOn website and ACT 2004.


Yes it's true, the hard drive crashed and there was poor Steve Augeri naked with his real vocals coming through the P.A.
Deen Castronovo (who can play all Steve Smith's Drum parts while singing all of Perry's vocal parts perfectly) saved the day by jumping off the drum riser and taking over vocals. His roadie took over drumming.
No one has heard Steve Augeri sing for 3 years. I did a video of them in 1999 at Concord Pavillion and poor Stevie (a very nice guy) was having trouble even then. People told me it was the best Video of Journey they had ever seen, all except Neal Schon who watched my video and cringed as Augeri regularly went off key and his voice cracked. Neal has perfect pitch. Herbie Herbert (former Journey Manager) told me "Man when I first heard Augeri's audition tape, I said he owns these songs."
But the following year Stevie A. was in trouble, by the time they did the Live DVD Video from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nocturne (The video production company formerly owned by Schon & Herbert) had to isolate all of Stevie A.'s vocal tracks and "Fix" them in Pro-Tools, correcting pitch etc. A deviated septum surgery didn't help matters at all.
When you watch my videos "Concord & Beyond" & "Fillmore Boogie" on the website (Click on "Fan Club" then "Photos & Videos" to download, you'll notice I had to take Stevie A. out of both videos or they never would've seen the light of day.
Former Journey guitar wizard/composer George Tickner told me yesterday "It's pathetic, now they're only in it for the money". Former Production Manager Allen Craft also is "Feelin' That Way" he said to me "You can't stop the Gravy Train" .
Seems like this Gravy Train has de-railed itself, now it's a Crazy Train. By the way I was at Skywalker Rance when Journey recorded "Trial By Fire" and Steve Perry was pleasant and could still sing great. If they had waited until Perry decided to have surgery on his own and not gone out with Augeri, Perry would still be with them today. I always said "Hell, just put him in a wheel chair and get him to the show and "Wheel In This Guy".
Oh well as Perry said to Jonathan Cain "You know there's no going back".

Ted Oliphant Las Vegas, Nevada [email protected]

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