The singer reflects on the presidential nominee during a concert in L.A.

By Eunice Oh
Updated August 30, 2008 05:00 PM
Credit: Lester Cohen/WireImage; Mike Segar/Reuters/Landov

Just two days after performing a medley of songs at the Democratic National Convention, Melissa Etheridge still had politics on her mind during a concert in Los Angeles Friday night.

“When I was there [at the DNC], I felt a great sense of hope,” she told the crowd at the Greek Theatre. “I felt a great sense of, finally, us coming together because it was people of all kinds there … I feel a huge change coming. I feel it.”

The Grammy-winning singer expressed her support for Barack Obama throughout the night, though she never explicitly said his name. Wearing an Obama pin on her guitar strap, Etheridge got the crowd excited during the song “What Happens Tomorrow” when she changed the lyrics so they would highlight the Illinois senator.

Fans erupted in cheers and applause when she sang: “I believe a black man can work hard and succeed. And we could be content to believe that he can be in charge of the free. And be the president.”

Another message she wanted to send out? “Call all your family to vote,” she urged the audience. “It’s the most important thing you can do this year.”

The singer, who wraps up her Revival Tour on Sept. 9, was candid throughout her performance. In between songs she chatted about different points in her life – from finding love to her battle with breast cancer.

“Cancer’s something that will stop you right in your tracks,” said Etheridge, who is one of the many celebrities making an appearance in the upcoming Stand Up to Cancer charity event. “It stops you and life is just like a wave … right over you. All those things that seemed so important, all those things you stressed about all day long, they just disappear and you’re left with yourself and your love of life.”

Her words of advice: “I want people to know that cancer’s not the end … [it] can be a gift,” she said. “Cancer can just be a little awakening.”