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It's Official: Bruce Springsteen to Headline Obama's Sunday Concert

As The Post's Lena H. Sun first reported last week, Bruce Springsteen will be among the headliners at Obama's welcome concert on the National Mall on Sunday. The event will be from 7 p.m to 9 p.m near the Lincoln Memorial and it will feature performances by Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Usher, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, will.i.am and Stevie Wonder.

(Clarification: The event starting time has not been announced. It appears likely to be in the afternoon. Update: The event will begin at 2 p.m.)

The concert, which will be televised live by HBO at from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., is free and open to the public. The title of the event is "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial."

According to the Presidential Inaugural Committee Web site Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah and Denzel Washington will be among those reading historical passages. The Rev. V. Gene Robinson will give the invocation.

By David A Nakamura  |  January 12, 2009; 2:24 PM ET  | Category:  Celebrities , Entertainment
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The press release from PIC does not mention that it is a "live" broadcast. Is it really going to be an evening event in the middle of winter. The schedule on PIC still says that the event is in the afternoon.

Posted by: MVTer | January 12, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The official press release said that HBO will broadcast the show from 7 - 9 p.m. But is that the time it will actually take place down at the Lincoln? (Often shows are recorded earlier and edited to fit into the broadcast time.)

Also - what kind of security can we expect? Same as the ticketed area for the inaugural? Or can we bring a thermos of hot coa-coa?

Posted by: graceld99 | January 12, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse



The link below was posted in a deactivated state on "The Inaugration Watch" (not by the poster). So it is re-reposted here:


• What happened to Homeland Security warnings of "heightened risk" during Presidential transition?

• How about the late November FBI warning about possible Northeast train station attacks?

• "Amtrak Joe" Biden's longstanding warnings about security flaws along the Amtrak Northeast corridor -- why isn't he waving this whistle stop tour to a halt?



OR (if link is corrupted):


Posted by: scrivener50 | January 12, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Is it definite that the event is being broadcast live? Just wondering if the actual event might be taking place during the afternoon (as has been earlier indicated on the PIC website's schedule), but then edited down to 2 hours for broadcast that night at 7 pm....

Posted by: jnypny | January 12, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

That link to Obama train article keeps posted deactivated. Once again:


Posted by: scrivener50 | January 12, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

What about WILCO ! ! !

Posted by: marmol | January 12, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who knows that tooooo many stars can mess up a good thing?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 12, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

So will the HBO broadcast be the full concert or an edited version? I've never heard of half these performers, but seeing Springsteen, Bono, and Mellencamp might be the one event (other than the Capitals game Saturday night) that might get me to go into DC this weekend. I won't pay to attend their political concerts, but since it's FREE....

Posted by: 1995hoo | January 12, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Talk about irrelevant "has been" musicians.

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 12, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

CHannel 4 news' Jim Vance just said it's going to be the night before the inauguration. That would make it on Monday... And he said it was going to be at night. Then they showed a graphic about the "We are One" concert on Sunday. A lot of inconsistency in the data being reported,no doubt.

Posted by: amybjones1 | January 12, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse


It's been a while since I heard of such a great lineup. And what a worthy occasion for such an event.

Posted by: AimeeLaFountain | January 12, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah -- What about Wilco??

Posted by: Sonyask | January 12, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Memo to HBO:

Make this event a "free preview" to all cable subscribers.

You'll gain much goodwill and probably pick up a few subscribers.

Actually, you should consider making the show available to one broadcast affiliate in each market... a grand gesture and great advertising for your channel.

No charge for the consult.

D.C.-area HBO affiliate relations: Please forward to the honchos in NYC.

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 12, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: kase | January 12, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see Bruce, that irrelevent guy who won a golden globe last night, and Bono, the other irrelevent guy who does more for charity than you can imagine. Springsteen has also contributed greatly to some very worthy causes in New Jersey. Great examples to have performing.

Posted by: jerzygrl | January 12, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Bono without the Edge, Larry or Adam is like Springsteen without the E Street Band. Think I'll skip that one.

Posted by: buster2 | January 12, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Where were the black entertainers when Obama was running for office? I respect Oprah; she supported Obama before Americans could even pronounce his name. Bono, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, T.I, Nas, Denzel Washington and Stevie Wonder supported Obama at the very being too. It is shame John Bon Jovi cannot show up, he support Obama too, and many other rock stars; where the rappers were, I think they forgot it was election this year. It good we have TI, Nas , and Usher. Bob Johnson with BET and Celfo Dollar made some very nasty comments about Obama. However, Bob Johnson made billions off BET Network, which shows black people rapping and running around in videos naked. Even Bill Crosby supported Ron Paul; he said it on Larry King, and boy he really sound like the comedian. P Daddy, JAY Z and 50 Cents did not come out either, but they were too busy selling the brothers a new 40 beer and some Vitamin Water. Now the black entertainers are trying getting the airtime. ESPN had asked Tiger about Obama-I just like asking Michael Jackson about race relations. Obama is for all the people, let the black entertainers entertain that what they do best. The black and white entertainers that support Obama for the very being, I have some respect for, because they poor they are slaves to the Hollywood Establishment. I think some black entertainers are jealous that Obama will be getting more airtime them. Special Thanks to Oprah-You are one classy person-you’re beautiful work in schools in Africa was on the greatest stories I ever seen.

Posted by: nativeva1 | January 12, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

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