A Final Concert for Kerry

Taylor, Crow, Bon Jobi rock the candidate's hometown on election night

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In what supporters had hoped would be a victory party, James Taylor, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow and Black Eyed Peas played Boston's Copley Square last night as pundits and pollsters worked to determine the outcome of the Presidential election. With Senator John Kerry bunkered down nearby in his Boston home Tuesday night with election tallies trickling in, the musicians performed for thousands of supporters anxious for results.

Taylor sang the national anthem and addressed the crowd from the stage. "It's been an honor and a privilege to work in this campaign,'' he said. "I think we've seen an awakening in this country.''

Last night's show concludes an election cycle that saw an unprecedented number of artists get involved in both non-partisan get-out-the-vote campaigns, such as P. Diddy's Vote Or Die mission, and the liberal leaning Vote for Change tour, which featured the likes of Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews and the Dixie Chicks encouraging young voters to help put Kerry in office.

Just days before the election, Crow, like many performers, voiced the belief that this year's election was crucial and broke with her previous policy of being publicly non-partisan. "I have never, at least in my recollection, come out and asked people to vote for a particular candidate but instead have always encouraged folks to get registered, do the research on issues that are presented and vote," Crow posted on her Web site. "I am, in this instance, emphatically asking you to support John Kerry for more reasons than I can count."

With Ohio's final election returns still pending, President Bush appears to have won reelection. The Bush camp claimed victory this morning.

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