Public Enemy make their stand at the annual Rock The Vote awards bash...

PUBLIC ENEMY performed at the annual ROCK THE VOTE awards event in NEW YORK on Saturday (February 22), with frontman CHUCK D taking the opportunity to speak out against any US attack on IRAQ.

Collecting his Rock The Vote Founders Award at the Roseland Ballroom for his work with groups such as Rock The Vote, National Urban League and National Alliance of African American Athletes, Chuck D urged Americans to call on President George W. Bush to listen to public opinion. “Somebody out there please tell your president he has to listen to the rest of the world,” he said. He also described as “ridiculous” the rumoured move by the Grammy organisers to try and stop award winners referring to the international crisis and threatening to censor them, which was later denied by TV station CBS, who broadcast the Grammys.

>Public Enemy performed ‘Welcome To The Terrordome’, ‘Fight The Power’ – which saw them joined by Bootsy Collins – and ‘Son Of A Bush’ from their latest album ‘Revolverlution’, during which they were joined by someone in a George W. Bush mask, with Chuck D saying: “You see this fucking guy? He stole the presidency.”

Other artists who were honoured at the 10th annual awards were Bush, for her work on various benefit concerts, and Peter Gabriel, for his work with the Witness project, which arms activists with video cameras.

Actor Vince Vaughan and P Funk legend George Clinton were among the audience who saw performances that included Clash‘ Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum playing ‘It’s So Easy’ together, and Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Gavin Rossdale of Cult both paying tribute to David Bowie, singing ‘Tommy Gun’ and ‘White Man In Hammersmith Palais’ respectively.

The audience was also regaled with a covers set by Camp Freddy, whose line-up comprises Sorum, Dave Navarro, Donovan Leitch and Billy Duffy from Flaming Lips, with guest stars joining them including Slash, Moby, actress Gina Gershon and singer Linda Perry. The set included [/a]’s ‘Jean Genie’ and ‘Rebel Rebel’, Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ and Rolling Stones‘ ‘Brown Sugar’, reports.

The [a] played three songs and sang “Happy Birthday” to a fan, while Robbie Williams sang four songs. The event wound up with Melissa Etheridge joining Kid Rock for a cover of Bad Company’s ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’ and [a][/a]’ ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’, with Kid Rock finishing off with a solo version of ‘Paradise City’.