Chicago Sun-Times
Staff reports on all things politics - from City Hall to Springfield to Washington, D.C.

For DNC rockers, music transcends politics

| No Comments | No TrackBacks

Looks like journalists aren't the only ones shuttling between conventions this week. Rock super group Camp Freddy headlined a late-night show in Charlotte Monday, fresh off a Tampa performance during last week's Republican National Convention.

Lead guitarist Billy Morrison tells the Charlotte Observer the band's decision to play at both conventions is a show of bipartisanship -- but mostly just a chance to rock out for attendees who "quite frankly, need a night or two of unwinding and loosening up."

If we are being forced to make any statement, it's that rock and roll transcends any political barriers and no matter what side of the fence you sit, you understand what we do. Every person at these conventions was 14 once. Every one of them sat listening to The Crue, or Billy Idol, or Bowie, or whoever, and Republican or Democrat, they all loosen their ties, take their jackets off, and rock out.

Morrison, also a member of Billy Idol's band, tells the paper he normally is not very political, but pays attention to issues close to his heart such as healthcare and addressing homelessness. "These issues stir me as a human being at a social level, more than a political one," Morrison says.

Camp Freddy Compilation from Dave Navarro on Vimeo.

No TrackBacks

TrackBack URL:

Leave a comment