Contact Us
Make My Homepage

The National, Chris Cornell Support President Obama at Iowa Rally

Matt Berninger, Chris Cornell
Simone Joyner / Jim Dyson, Getty Images

The National and Chris Cornell hit the stage at a campaign rally for Barack Obama Saturday afternoon at Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa, each turning in a brief performance before the president spoke to the estimated crowd of 10,000 supporters, reports the Times-Delphic.

The National opened the afternoon with a five-song set that kicked off with ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’ and ended with ‘Mr. November,’ a tune whose title that was featured on T-shirts that the band sold to support Obama’s 2008 campaign. Before performing ‘Fake Empire’ — an odd choice for a political rally, given its dystopian undertones – singer Matt Berninger explained that the tune “was written before President Obama was elected in 2008.”

Cornell, the Soundgarden singer whose appearance at the rally upset some fans that had been expecting to see him at Jay-Z‘s Made in America festival in Philadelphia over the weekend, turned in a covers-heavy solo set that kicked off with Nick Lowe’s ‘What’s So Funny Bout Peace Love and Understanding’ and included ‘As Long as I Can See the Light,’ a tune made popular by Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s John Fogerty. He closed things out with John Lennon‘s ‘Imagine,’ calling it “one of the best songs anyone could have ever written.”

The event showed once more the strong backing President Obama has from the rock world. ”I think that we have a lot of support from a lot of industries and that includes music,” a spokesperson for the campaign told the Times-Delphic. “This event in itself shows how much the president cares about Iowa and the bands are just a part of it.”

Watch the National Perform ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’ At the Obama Rally

More From Rock 108

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://keyj.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Rock 108 - The Rock Station quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on Rock 108 - The Rock Station quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!