Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz To Comprise Rock The Vote 2012
Politics and music have a habit of colliding from time to time. Over the course of the last two presidential elections, they have collided in epic fashion in the form of the Vote for Change concerts. Any given show in the Vote for Change could parade a lineup of Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, and John Fogerty. Whether or not you leaned with or against the efforts of these shows, it is hard to ignore that the meshing of the biggest names in music allowed for a series of sensational highlights that would have likely not happened.
For 2012, the lineup will be somewhat less dramatic as Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, and Jason Mraz will headline sporadic events at several venues throughout the country. The Foo Fighters promise to have the biggest event of 2012’s Rock the Vote by headlining an intimate club show in North Carolina that coincides with the Democratic Party’s National Convention. Mraz will host the bulk of the events, which will culminate at Las Vegas’ Red Rock Casino in October.
Now to head into nostalgialand (and the excuse for this post), the two biggest performances from the past Rock the Vote/Vote for Change events: Michael Stipe sitting in with Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band for an unbelievable “Because the Night” (make sure to watch Stipe and Max Weinberg) and Neil Young leading Pearl Jam with a breathtaking cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower”: