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"I can't do this. I'm sorry."

In an emotional plea to his fans, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard cut a live radio broadcast short on 91.1 FM, saying he could not continue to perform because he was too distraught over the election results.

Last Wednesday afternoon, the day after the election and just a few hours before the band's near sell-out show at Soma, singer/guitarist Gibbard stopped by the Clear Channel complex to perform a live "91X Garage Session." He made it halfway through his song "A Movie Script Ending" when he stopped and said, "I'm sorry, you guys. Thank you for coming."

Gibbard, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, and other rockers appeared two months earlier on the cover of Rolling Stone, urging fans to register and vote against Bush.

Hillary, the afternoon DJ at 91X, sounded as if she was getting emotional as well and commiserated by saying, "I'm a Democrat."

One fan who attended the Death Cab show that night said Gibbard did not seem upset at the show, which drew about 1700 fans. "All he said is that it was his birthday, and all he wanted for his birthday was for Bush to lose. He didn't get his wish."

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