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John Mellencamp, in a song titled "Texas Bandito," said Bush was "another cheap thug who sacrifices our young."

Kerry camp on the defensive after celebrities bash Bush
By Glen Johnson, Globe Staff | July 10, 2004


Other celebs also competed to bash Bush. Singer John Mellencamp (search) sang a specially written song that called the president "just another cheap thug" and ridiculed him as the "Texas bambino."

July 09, 2004
Celebs Turn Out for Kerry-Edwards Friday,2933,125141,00.html


Also on the bill were rockers Jon Bon Jovi, the Dave Matthews Band and John Fogerty, singer John Mellencamp, hip hop artist Mary J Blige, comic John Leguizamo, and actresses Meryl Streep and Sarah Jessica Parker.

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Whoopi raises hackles at Kerry fundraiser


Two weeks later, John Mellencamp posted an open letter to America on his Web site, declaring, "We have been lied to and terrorized by our own government, and it is time to take action."

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The Dave Matthews Band will make its only New York City appearance of the summer to play "A Change Is Going to Come," a benefit concert for presidential candidate John Kerry, on July 8th at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Wyclef Jean, John Mellencamp will be among the other performers.

"Whether one is talking about the economy or the environment, jobs, workers' rights or education, national security or the war on terror, John Kerry is the only choice," says Matthews. "A vote for John Kerry is a vote for a stronger, safer, better America."

Matthews to Rock for Kerry Mary J. Blige also joins rescheduled "Change" concert ROLLING STONE
Posted Jun 23, 2004 12:00 AM


Former President Bill Clinton, Janet Jackson, James Taylor, Don Henley, John Mellencamp and other famous names voiced their support for the Democratic Party -- and raised $5 million -- at the Democratic National Committee's "Every Vote Counts" concert in Washington, D.C., Wednesday night, PEOPLE reports. In her opening remarks, presenter and former "Wonder Woman" TV star Lynda Carter, 50, joked to the politically minded crowd, "I know we're all missing 'West Wing.'"

Jackson, 36, adding a pop touch to the proceedings, came on stage in flounces of tulle and introduced Clinton as "one of the great political leaders and humanitarians of all time."

She then offered a more personal take on the nation's 42nd president, saying: "It is such an honor for me to introduce one of our country's most brilliant, effective and to me, sexiest, leaders."

October 10, 2002 Janet Jackson Finds Ex-President 'Sexy'

LOS ANGELES Comedian Billy Crystal (search) called it "Woodstock for really, really rich people" as Hollywood's artists came out to raise $5 million to put Democrat John Kerry (search) in the White House.

Ticket prices for the evening started at $2,000 for the concert up to $25,000 per couple for the concert and a pre-show dinner for about 450 people, including the celebrities. The concert was sold out, although many donors didn't attend.

The $5 million raised will be divided between Kerry's campaign and the Democratic National Committee, as will funds raised at a second concert in New York City on July 8. The New York concert will feature the Dave Matthews Band, Mary J. Blige, John Mellencamp, Jon Bon Jovi, Wyclef Jean, Whoopi Goldberg and others.

Stars Turn Out for Kerry Fund-Raiser
Friday, June 25, 2004,2933,123730,00.html


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