Vote For Change Tour

Vote for Change Tour
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 then President George W. Bush and for John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election campaign.[1][3][4][5] Bush would defeat Kerry in November of 2004.


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.

Songs performed by Springsteen



The tour was generally successful in attracting audiences, generating media attention and raising approximately $10 million for America Coming Together.[9]

In terms of the tour's effect on the election, none of the states that featured shows on the tour went differently than predicted in pre-election polls. Four of the eight ended up voting in favor of Kerry (Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) while the other four went to Bush (Missouri, Iowa, Florida, and Ohio). The states that had the heaviest tour presence (five or six shows) also split evenly. The result in Ohio was the most critical, as it decided the election in Bush's favor (despite six shows there).


External links

  • set lists and descriptions for the shows that Springsteen was involved in
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