April 15, 2004

Cursive Set to Headline Plea for Peace 2004 Tour

By Randy J. Klodz

Cursive will be making its way though the Chicago area again, this time not only to perform for the Chicago faithful, but to also support a cause when the band comes through with the Plea for Peace Tour 2004, which is set to hit Metro on April 21.

The Omaha, Neb.-based quintet—which includes Tim Kasher on vocals, guitar and organ; Ted Stevens on guitar and vocals; Matt Maginn on bass; Clint Schnase on drums and Gretta Cohn on cello—is headlining the Plea for Peace Tour 2004, a trek that aims to increase awareness of the upcoming election and the importance of voting.

The Plea for Peace Tour 2004 has become its own tour, separating itself from the popular Take Action Tour, which stressed more on suicide prevention. It is planned that an agency will be at each stop on this tour to allow fans to register to vote, and although the tour may appear to have a political edge, the entire tour plans to be non-partisan. Also, Cursive plans to play its popular brand of cello-infused rock that has helped its most recent album, “The Ugly Organ,” sell over 60,000 copies, the band plans to rock, and keep the political aspect of the tour out of its set.

“Basically we are taking the pro-voting standpoint, because the band is not a political band. But I would say all of us would agree that voting is important—I don’t know who wouldn’t think that,” Cursive’s bassist Matt Maginn said. “And of course I think individually we all have our problems with what’s going on today, but really as a music fan, I like to go to a show and not be preached to, so this was a way we could help out, but not go against what we ourselves would want bands that we are going to see do.”

Metro is at 3730 N. Clark St. in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. Denali and Mike Park are also scheduled to perform. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $16 each with a show start time listed for 6:30 p.m. For more information on the tour log on to www.pleaforpeace.org and for more information on Cursive, be sure to log on to www.cursivearmy.com.

Cursive Photo: Saddle Creek Records