About 12 hours after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Red Hot Chili Peppers gave it away, gave it away, gave it away… for Obama campaign volunteers at Cleveland’s House of Blues. As Cleveland’s Plain Dealer writes, the band performed a special 45-minute concert for 1,200 liberal-minded music lovers. Tickets were free, provided a would-be concert-goer had worked in an Obama phone bank.
A video montage of Obama speeches paved the way for Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith, and Josh Klinghoffer’s set. In between hits like “Under the Bridge” and “Can’t Stop,” Kiedis urged the audience to register voters and declared his support for our 44th president. From Blood Sugar Sex Magik to stumping for a sitting POTUS — who says a rocker’s edge dulls with age?
The band’s vocal pro-Obama stance puts its members in good celebrity company. George Clooney is hosting a fundraiser for the president on May 10, and Tom Hanks recently lent his voice to a 16-minute-long, Ken Burnsian Obama campaign video. In fact, some of the only stars who seem immune to the allure of Barack & co. are the boys of One Direction, who turned down a White House invitation from the First Lady earlier this month. Must be the whole “British” thing.
Watch RHCP perform “Can’t Stop” at their Obama concert below — and note the “Obama Biden” screen in the background. Think the band will inspire young Americans to rock the vote?