Taking sides: Who should be performing the Stewart/Colbert rally?
What you already know: Funnymen Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are bringing their Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear to the National Mall on Saturday afternoon.
What you also probably already know: Reports emerged earlier today that there will be music, too. Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Sheryl Crow and the Roots are all scheduled to perform.
Now these are fine artists, one and all. But so predictable! And why them? They aren't very funny and they don't necessarily inspire sanity and/or fear. For our weekly Taking sides post, Click Track's contributors each picked out an artist (or two) they'd rather see.
David Malitz: I want to see Yoko Ono. She was doing bed-ins while Stewart and Colbert were in diapers, so she knows all about making political statements in non-traditional ways. And I think she could have a pretty good scream-off with Colbert. Yoko vs. Colbert.
Allison Stewart: I don't know if they've done any demographic comparisons between "Daily Show" and Wilco fans, but I'm betting there's a huge overlap. I know Jeff Tweedy is performing with Mavis Staples, but it's not the same.
Aaron Leitko: It's a rally to restore sanity, but also a rally to restore fear. We need to cover both bases. So, I suggest that Glenn Danzig be brought on to perform "Don't Worry Be Happy."
Chris Richards: I like that literal interpretation of sanity and fear, but I can't count on one artist to deliver both. So for sanity, give me the highly sensible rock-and-roll of Spoon. As for fear, I think a performance of Kevin Drumm's "Sheer Hellish Miasma" could be pretty scary with the right PA system.
| October 28, 2010; 2:10 PM ET
Categories: Taking sides | Tags: Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, Spoon, Yoko Ono
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