A Presidents’ Day List of Rock Stars Who Should Run For Public Office
It's Presidents Day, which means an extra day off work for government employees and bank tellers and a big mattress sale at every furniture store in the country. In honor of George Washington and the men who have presided over the greatest democracy in the history of mankind, here's a list of rock stars who could or should run for public office.
1. Joe Walsh - The legendary Eagles' guitarist is only man on the list who actually ran for public office twice. In 1980, Walsh jokingly launched a write-in campaign for President, promising free gas for everyone if elected and proposing to change the national anthem to his hit song "Life's Been Good". Walsh also encouraged fans to elect him as Vice President in 1992 and even wrote a song about it titled "Vote For Me".
2. Ted Nugent - The Motor City Madman is no stranger to politics, or controversy, for that matter. The outspoken supporter of the Republican party and the National Rifle Association has speculated many times about running for Governor of Michigan and even mounting a Presidential campaign. However, his involvement with elections to date has been limited to endorsing conservative candidates such as Mitt Romney and Texas Governor Greg Abbot.
3. Alice Cooper - Like Joe Walsh, the father of shock rock has written a song about running for public office. "Elected" peaked at #26 on the Billboard Singles Chart during the week of the 1972 Presidential Election. Revered as a hero in his hometown of Phoenix, Cooper's charity work and christian faith would probably be popular with voters. However, Cooper has spoken out against rock stars who use their celebrity status to endorse politicians, accusing several artists who campaigned for Presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004 of "committing treason against rock and roll".
4. Brian May - The legendary Queen guitarist made headlines earlier this month when he announced that he is "considering" running for Parliament in his home country of England this fall. May is a long time supporter of a group called "Common Decency" and has endorsed several animal rights causes, including a ban on the hunting of badgers in Great Britain. In addition to his interest in politics, May is also a noted scientist, who earned his Ph.D. in Astrophysics in 2007.
5. Roger Waters from Pink Floyd - Perhaps the most controversial political opinions of any rock star belong to the iconic Pink Floyd bassist and singer. Waters has been an outspoken proponent of several humanitarian and environmental causes. In recent years, he has urged fellow musicians to boycott concerts in Israel, which he accuses of oppressing their neighbors in Palestine. Waters was also publicly critical of the United States' refusal to sign the Kyoto protocol in 2004, which would have pledged to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses.
Honorable Mention: Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Bono, Bruce Springsteen and the late Johnny Ramone, who was a life long supporter of the Republican party.