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Rock The R3volution Tour Goes Belly Up, Tempe Show Still Scheduled

​On the official Rock the Revolution site, presidential candidate Ron Paul says: "I always knew that if you were going to have a revolution, you needed two things. Young people, and music." Well, it used to say that at least. Now it just says: "Rock the r3volution Tour Has Been Canceled."

Wait. What? How is Ron Paul going to get the young people without the music? Well, liberty-espousing music lovers can still get their free market (er, free show at least) on at Club Red on Thursday, November 3. Although the national tour has been canceled, the Tempe date featuring, Europa, Property Six, Captain Squeegee, Sun Ghost, Voice PHX, Per Capita, Rise, Concise and Krookid, is still on.

We reached out to former Rock the r3volution organizer Zak Carter about the tour's sudden bust, and received the following statement.

Personal Statement from Zak Carter, former organizer of the Rock The r3volution Tour.

I'd heard others talk about a Ron Paul concert tour, and in late August I decided to work to make it a reality. I spent a month and a half working seven days a week 16 to 18 hours with no pay assembling a nationwide team of volunteer regional coordinators, finding liberty artists that wanted to help support Ron Paul by donating their time and talent, and raising donations to fund the tour. While I was very successful at both putting together an amazing team and finding liberty artists, I was admittedly terrible at fundraising and only raised a little over $1,000 in donations. While the tour had promotional backing from Revolution PAC, we received not a penny from them. I was by far the largest financial contributor to the tour, I even sold my pickup truck and most of my guns to help get the tour off the ground. In hindsight I would have done a few things differently. I would have stayed home for one, I became ineffective once I was unplugged most of the day on the road, even my cell phone service became an issue. I wasn't able to communicate as I would have liked with my regional coordinators and supporters, and interview opportunities were lost. The conversations I had with KRS-One and his wife Simone, I would have kept to myself had I known KRS-One's history of cancelling shows, but I was still hoping he'd walk through the door even at the San Francisco show. It was KRS-One that made the Alex Jones interview I did happen, and I'm still scratching my head over his disappearing act. I would have asked for more help with the website. Consise (of Rise, Consise, and Krookid) was our webmaster, and he simply didn't have the time needed to devote to it. Some venues that were booked weren't linked to the site at all and others took too long to get linked. I still believe in a tour over individual shows without connections to each other, I believe that if it was done right it could generate amazing amounts of press that individual shows just couldn't create. The tour just needed a reliable vehicle, the RV that I bought with my own money broke down before the first show, and the RV that Rise and Consise bought on their own broke down twice while on the road. That second breakdown was a nail in the tours coffin as I no longer had a way to get to the next show in Santa Monica from San Francisco. I'm still trying to make my way home. I've heard that a few people have accused me of fraud, if so I'm not very good at it or I wouldn't be hitchhiking right now, and you can find me along interstate 40 heading east. Those few who did donate to the tour through the Freedom and Prosperity PAC, I have every intention of repaying once I am able. Thank you to everyone who helped in so many ways. I hope someone else takes up the cause of the tour, the Rock The r3volution Tour was never about me, it was all about freedom, and Ron Paul. I'm very happy to know that several of the planned shows are still going to happen thanks to the resourceful regional coordinators in Buffalo, Kansas City, Dallas, and Phoenix! Viva la r3volution.

In Liberty, Zak Carter

Guess it doesn't get more Libertarian than losing your national infrastructure and soldiering on. Check this week's issue for our interview with Captain Squeegee's Danny Torgersen and Sun Ghost's Trevor Denton, where they discuss the Rock the r3volution tour.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.