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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Journey's Show Outside Republican Convention Is a Paying Gig, Not a Political Statement

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM

click to enlarge Journey in 2008, via Wikipedia
  • Journey in 2008, via Wikipedia

We know they (publicly) frown on pot, gay sex, arugula, elite education, and public transportation, but apparently there is one thing from San Francisco Republicans will pay to enjoy: The Band That Sings "Don't Stop Believing," aka, Journey.

The '70s power-rockers, still famous for their inescapable karaoke anthem, will be paid $500,000 to perform at an off-site fundraiser near the Republican National Convention, numerous sources are reporting today. Other RNC performers include Kid Rock -- whose "Born Free" has become a Mitt Romney campaign song -- Dave Navarro, Zac Brown, 3 Doors Down, and Taylor Hicks.

If it seems surprising that Journey, a band so thoroughly associated with a permissive, hedonistic, homo-friendly city like San Francisco, would get tapped to play for the Republicans, it shouldn't be: The Journey show is a fundraiser for the Creative Coalition, a nonpartisan group that advocates for the entertainment industry. It's not a political statement.

"It's not an endorsement of any candidate and/or party - it's just another private show," a Journey spokesperson tells Rolling Stone. "These dates are simply listed as 'Private Event' on the tour grid."

The Creative Coalition has apparently been hosting charity shows like this at political conventions for years. It will host the B-52's for another pricey fundraiser at the Democratic Convention next month, according to Rolling Stone.

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