Friday, February 1st, 2008 by Chris Riemenschneider
Golden-Smog-Dan Murphy, Gary Louris, Kraig Johnson, Marc Perlman and even their old pal Jeff Tweedy are getting back together as Golden Smog to perform at the rally for Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday at the Target Center (1:30 p.m.). It’s not like the (mostly) local all-star band was needed to help fill the arena or bring attention to the candidate: The free tickets to the event were gobbled up days ago. Geez, who’s the real rock star? You can get on a waiting list here: http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/minneapolis
Word is the band will play for 45 minutes prior to when Barack goes on. They only got the invite to join the rally on Wednesday and jumped at the chance. “They’re definitely all supporters,” manager Jake Walesch said. Tweedy has already played several other events for his fellow Chicagoan. The timing here was key: Tweedy’s going back out with Wilco in two weeks (nearest stop is Des Moines on March 9), and Louris is getting ready to tour behind his solo album.