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"This is the fourth presidential election which Pearl Jam has engaged in as a band, and we feel it's the most important one of our lifetime."
——Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam

ROCK STARS STUMP FOR KERRY

Pearl Jam, Springsteen, R.E.M., Dixie Chicks, Dave Matthews Ready to Headline "Vote for Change" Tour
Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., the Dixie Chicks and the Dave Matthews Band have teamed up for the Vote for Change tour, which will visit 28 cities in nine presidential election "swing" states beginning Oct. 1 in Pennsylvania, according to Billboard, so you know it's true.

Several concerts will take place in different cities in one state on a given night.

Shows include R.E.M. with Springsteen & the E Street Band and Bright Eyes, Pearl Jam and Death Cab For Cutie, Dave Matthews Band with Jurassic 5 and My Morning Jacket, Dixie Chicks with James Taylor, John Mellencamp with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Jackson Browne with Bonnie Raitt and Keb' Mo'.

Not a registered Republican among 'em.

Vote for Change is presented by MoveOn.Org's political action committee MoveOn PAC and America Coming Together (ACT), an organization advocating change in government. Details are available via MoveOn's Web site. Profits after expenses will benefit ACT.

"There isn't going to be any illusion in the audience about why we're there," Matthews said on NBC's The Today Show this morning.

Adds R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, "This unprecedented coming together of musicians underscores the depth of the desire for change in our country's direction, and it feels right to use some of the freedoms granted to us in a democracy to try and effect that change."

"This is the fourth presidential election which Pearl Jam has engaged in as a band, and we feel it's the most important one of our lifetime," Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder says in a statement. "We believe in the power of the first amendment, and have always exercised our right to free speech in every aspect of our lives and music. This year there is no more powerful way for all Americans to exercise that right than by voting.”

Springsteen is expected to discuss the tour tonight during an interview with Ted Koppel on ABC's Nightline.

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