The anti-war movement just got a whole lot cooler. Billboard.com reported yesterday that R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, Bright Eyes, Devendra Banhart, Rufus Wainwright, Fischerspooner, Public Enemy's Chuck D, and Peaches have signed on for the 'Bring 'Em Home Now' benefit concert, which will take place at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on March 20. It will commemorate the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and will raise funds for Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace.
Activist mom Cindy Sheehan will speak at the show, setting the stage for her 15-date April speaking tour with authors yet to be announced. Jaeane Garofalo's Air America Radio show 'The Majority Report' will broadcast live from the concert and will run interviews with its artists.
Fischerspooner's Casey Spooner told Billboard, 'We have been at war for three years. One desperately feels the need for someone to speak some sort of truth, either poetic or factual.'
Whether or not performing electroclash songs while dressed up as extras from the musical Cats will bring about such truth remains to be seen.
* Iraq Veterans Against the War: http://www.ivaw.net/
* Veterans for Peace: http://www.veteransforpeace.org/
Been waiting for our musicians to step it up - not to diss any of these artists, who I know have been working to remove Bush and stop war for many years now.