Al Gore (March 31, 1948) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. He was senator of Tennessee from 1985 until 1993. Then he became vice-president under president Bill Clinton's administraton from 1993 until 2001. Gore ran against George W. Bush in 2000 to become the next president of the United States, but lost Florida (and thus the electoral college and the election) after the U.S. Supreme court ruled against him. Gore then conceded the election.
Since then Gore found new fame and admiration as a vocal environmentalist. He starred in the Academy Award-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" (2007) and won the Nobel Peace Prize that same year.
Gore and Zappa
Gore has been a lifelong Zappa fan. However, his wife Tipper Gore founded the PMRC organisation for stricter regulations and censorship against pop and rock artists. Zappa fought hard against these plans and on September 19, 1985 he and senator Gore met face to face during a live debate about music censorship.
"I have been a fan of your music, believe it or not- not. I ah respect you as a true original and- and a tremendously talented musician. - Al Gore in debate with Frank Zappa, September 19, 1985.
Even though Zappa and Al Gore had different opinions about music censorship Al and Tipper both sent a letter of condolence to the Zappa family after Frank's death. Gail Zappa and Tipper later became friends. Tipper later played the drums and her daughter Kristin sang backup on Diva Zappa's single "When The Bell Drops" from 1999.
Zappa about Al Gore
"I take back every bad thing I ever said - about Clinton and Gore ... Whoever or whatever George Bush is, if you look at his friends, or his fellow travelers, I don't want to see those fellow travelers anywhere near Washington, D.C. Enough already with Pat Robertson and these guys! So I even considered calling the Clinton campaign and say I'd be happy to give them an endorsement if they thought it would be beneficial to them. They might want to run screaming in the other direction."- Quoted from Frank Zappa, 1992-10-01, The Lost Angeles Times, 1 October 1992.