Spitfire Tour is a free speech tour of musicians, actors &
activists speaking out on global affairs. Created in part
by human rights advocate Zack De la Rocha
(Rage Against The Machine), Spitfire tours to college campuses
each year, primarily in the Fall. Each event features at least
four speakers, who are all on stage at once, but that speak
one at a time. Topics range from human rights, to environmental
justice, to social issues, to current campus issues. It is
our belief that grassroots interaction is the key to positive
change. By providing information on serious topics in a fun
and entertaining environment (which includes spoken word,
acoustic performances, slides, video, poetry and more), we
aim to inspire youth to get involved in their lives, their
communities & in their world.
Spitfire was launched in 1998 by some dedicated people who
cared enough to give this a shot. Our thanks go out to early
believers Krist Novoselic, Amy Ray, Woody Harrelson, Tracey
Conaty, Cecilia Rodriguez, Jello Biafra, Todd McCormick, Michael
Franti, Julia Butterfly & Kennedy. Since then, a lot has happened.
We have appeared at more than 50 colleges/cities, and we have
performed for as few as 100 people, and as many as 10,000
in one single night. From the very first show, it's been a
pretty powerful journey.
the way we have been a part of some tremendous victories -
like the day Julia Butterfly saved the old growth called Luna,
and finally touched ground after 2 years. But we have also
witnessed some terrible losses, like when we saw the Federal
Government put cancer patient Todd McCormick in prison, for
growing medical marijuana, legal in his home state of California.
We also made some special appearances off campuses. We performed
at Woodstock and were saddened by our experience. But then
we traveled to the WTO, and were empowered by the majority
of peaceful people, who traveled from all over the country
to take a stand. It's been a rollercoaster ride, but it's
been well worth it.
the years, The Spitfire Tour has grown into The Spitfire Agency,
and now we run a series of 'spin off' tours modeled around
the original Spitfire concept above. Our first offshoots
include Woody Harrelson's "Simple
Organic Living Tour" (Spring 2001), The Indigo Girls
"Honor The Earth Tour"
(Spring 2003), and Julia Butterfly's "We
The Planet" (Fall 2003). The original Spitfire Tour
will continue to go out between the others. Please join our
list, and we will keep you up to date. We welcome your
and look forward to seeing you on the road!