NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A concert promoter and Democratic activist is gathering signatures in an effort to draft Bruce Springsteen for a benefit concert to oppose President Bush's re-election bid.
Promoter Andrew Rasiej wants to hold the event at Giants Stadium on Sept. 1, during the Republican National Convention in New York. He said it's contingent on Springsteen's agreeing to be there, which he hopes would lead other artists to join in.
A Springsteen spokeswoman, however, said he will not play.
"Bruce Springsteen will not be performing at any events tied to the Republican or Democratic conventions," Marilyn Laverty said.
Rasiej, 46, founded the Irving Plaza concert hall in Manhattan. He has served as technology adviser to former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean.