REM leader Michael Stipe has praised Bruce Springsteen for coming up with the VOTE FOR CHANGE concerts because he thinks the politically-charged star-studded concerts will make history.

The STAND singer performed alongside Springsteen and the Dixie Chicks among others in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Friday night (01OCT04) as the tour got underway.

The concerts will weave their way across America right up until the presidential elections in a month (NOV04).

Stipe says, "It's something that has mushroomed into a colossal moving circus and one that we're all very proud of.

"I have to say that I do think it's true that bad times make for interesting art. And these are bad times."

04/10/2004 02:51