The Beastie Boys are the latest group of musicians getting involved in the 2008 presidential race.
In an e-mail blast to their fans, the rap-rockers yesterday announced plans for a series of concerts called the "Get Out And Vote" tour. The shows will take place in so-called "swing states" (or in non-politico terms, those still considered too close to call) in the presidential contest. The Beastie Boys will also be joined for the shows by a formidable group of special guests, including Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson, and Crosby and Nash.
"This election is too important to stay at home. We hope that you can come out, have a nice night, dance, sing, get your freak on, and then wake up the next morning and get everyone that you possibly can to get out and vote," the group said in the e-mail statement.
Co-sponsored by Rock The Vote, the tour is remaining neutral and not supporting either Barack Obama or John McCain -- although Sheryl Crow has already performed at rallies for Obama. The Beasties themselves have also come out for Obama according to Rolling Stone.
“This is the first election in my lifetime that seems so crucial … Barack Obama is somebody who has really got me excited about the Presidential race,” Beastie Boy Mike D told Rolling Stone.
Here are the Beastie Boys Get Out and Vote Tour Dates:
October 28 - Richmond, VA @ Richmond Coliseum (With Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson and Santogold)
November 1 - St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium (With Ben Harper and Tenacious D)
November 2 - Milwaukee, WI @ U.S. Cellular Arena (With Ben Harper, Crosby & Nash and Tenacious D)