February 3, 2010, AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, joined a growing group of critics of Bob Geldof and U2 singer Bono over their very public charity work, saying they should stop lecturing audiences about charity work and instead do their good deeds in private. Johnson said “When I was a working man I didn’t want to go to a concert for some bastard to talk down to me that I should be thinking of some kid in Africa. I’m sorry mate, do it yourself, spend some of your own money and get it done. It just makes me angry.”
It’s the same with politics and music: when you mix ’em, you just cheapen the music and piss off whatever portion of your audience disagrees with you and are insulted by your presumption. You want to play music, play music and spare your audience the lecture; they paid to see you play, not to be told who to vote for. You want to involve yourself in politics, run for office or go to work for someone who is. You try to do both together, you’re gonna fail at at least one.