Folk-rocker Billy Bragg's us tour kicks off on November 7, 2003, and audiences are sure to hear riffs of another kind. He is disgusted that "the media is no longer reporting the stories that really matter", and so has planned to take his message directly to the people with a 'Tell Us The Truth' tour. For the first show, Bragg will be joined by r&b legend Lester Chambers, country-blues guitarist Steve Earle and Audioslave's Tom Morello, who is performing under the moniker 'The Nightwatchman'. "Since that awful day in 2001, the facts about who perpetrated such an atrocity and why have been obscured by propaganda and conspiracy theory alike. The Bush administration was able to sell the invasion of Iraq to the people because the mainstream media failed to inform the American public of the facts," said Bragg.
Bragg might also attend the ministerial meeting of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (ftaa), to be held in Miami, Florida, later this year. The ftaa gathering is expected to draw thousands of protesters from North and South America. "It might be worth putting together a series of gigs that travelled between these two events and helped to illustrate that media monopoly and globalisation are related," Bragg said.
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