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Vote for Change Tour
The tour poster, which shared characteristics with Captain America's shield.
Tour by
Location United States
Start date September 27, 2004
End date October 13, 2004
Legs 1
Shows 40
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The Vote for Change tour was a politically-motivated American popular music concert tour that took place in October 2004.[1] The tour was presented by to benefit America Coming Together.[2] The tour was held in swing states and was designed to encourage people to register and vote. Though the tour and the organization were officially non-partisan, many of the performers urged people to vote against George W. Bush and for John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election campaign.[1][3][4][5]



Every region had a specific night during which the concerts would be held in that region.[6] When concerts were held in the same city, they were at different venues. Acts are listed in opener-to-closer order.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Friday, October 1, 2004

Saturday, October 2, 2004

Sunday, October 3, 2004

Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Friday, October 8, 2004

Monday, October 11, 2004

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The shows

The Springsteen and E Street Band performances were compressed to two hours in length due to the multi-act nature of the concerts.[7] Especially at the beginning of his sets, Springsteen accomplished this by stripping down the songs,[7] removing elongated outros and false endings from the likes of "Born in the U.S.A." and "Badlands". In doing so, the style of the Vote for Change shows foreshadowed the next E Street outing, the 2007 Magic Tour, when Springsteen adopted a similar approach.


The tour was generally successful in attracting audiences, generating media attention and raising approximately $10 million for America Coming Together,[8] but failed in its ultimate purpose of swaying the vote in battleground states. None of the states involved went differently than predicted in pre-election polls. Most critically, Ohio stayed in the Bush column despite the placement of six concerts there.


  1. ^ a b "Voices for Change". Rolling Stone. 2004-10-14. Retrieved 2007-09-03.  
  2. ^ Tyrangiel, Josh (2004-10-11). "Born to Stump". Time.,9171,995309,00.html. Retrieved 2009-09-09.  
  3. ^ Gardner, Elysa. "Springsteen, R.E.M., Other Big Acts Embark on Tour". USA Today. August 4, 2004.
  4. ^ Springsteen, Bruce. "Chords for Change". The New York Times. August 5, 2004.
  5. ^ Kay, Jennifer. "Springsteen, R.E.M. Kick off "Vote for Change" Concerts Across Swing States". Common Dreams NewsCenter. October 2, 2004.
  6. ^ Evans, Rob. "Bruce Springsteen takes Vote for Change Tour home". LiveDaily. October 4, 2004.
  7. ^ a b "2004 Setlists". October 2004. Retrieved 2007-12-12.  
  8. ^ Fricke, David. "Taking It to the Streets". Rolling Stone. August 11, 2004.

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