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Sources: Springsteen to Perform at Inaugural Welcome Event

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has been mum, but sources tell the Post's Lena Sun that Bruce Springsteen will perform at Barack Obama's inauguration week welcome event Jan. 18 on the National Mall. The event will be on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and open to the public for free.

The Boss has been a bigtime Obama backer and they campaigned together in Cleveland during the general election.

By David A Nakamura  |  January 6, 2009; 6:02 PM ET  | Category:  Celebrities , Entertainment , Presidential Inaugural Committee
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I didn't realize there was a big concert event on the Mall for Presidential inaugurations. Is this commonplace? Who has perfomed in the past?

Posted by: housewifeink | January 6, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

So I wonder which other celebrities who publicly badmouthed McCain will get kickbacks? Obama sure is intent on sharing the Chicago politics wealth with the rest of the country.

Posted by: Cryos | January 6, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow - Springsteen performing during the inaugeral celebration and at the Super Bowl! This jersey girl must have died and went to heaven!

Posted by: jerzygrl | January 6, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

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Nah, he's just promoting a new album. :-)

Posted by: FormerDCer | January 6, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Just awesome.

Posted by: gregguevara | January 6, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

housewifeink writes: "I didn't realize there was a big concert event on the Mall for Presidential inaugurations. Is this commonplace? Who has perfomed in the past?"

Here's the complete list, by party affiliation:

Democrats: YoYo Ma & Special Guest Misha Rostropovich; The Beatles (opening act Prince and the Revolution); Fleetwood Mac with Pink Floyd; The Who with the Dave Matthews Band; Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash; Duke Ellington with Dizzy Gillespie; Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne.

Republicans: Sophie Tucker; The Marine Corps Pipe Band; Hank Williams Jr. and the Monday Night Football Orchestra; The Blue Angels Flying Step-Dancers; Andy Williams with special guest Perry Como.

Yep, you missed some great parties. Shouldn't have cancelled your subscription to the Post.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 6, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Michelle could do a pas-de-deux with Rev Wright. Her churlishness, wealth, and dislike of country is well matched to Bruce's

Posted by: georgejones5 | January 6, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

This is fantastic news!! I've always wanted to see the Boss -- sometimes it's really great to live in the District.

Posted by: BrightwoodLiving | January 6, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Fleetwood Mac played for Clinton.

Posted by: bsumpter3 | January 6, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans: Sophie Tucker; The Marine Corps Pipe Band; Hank Williams Jr. and the Monday Night Football Orchestra; The Blue Angels Flying Step-Dancers; Andy Williams with special guest Perry Como."

I recall in 2001 the Post had a picture of Ricky Martin performing with Bush trying--not so successfully--to dance along.

Posted by: 1995hoo | January 6, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Is this Bruce Springsteen solo (meh!) or Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (yeah!)?

Posted by: skipper7 | January 6, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Tes President Clinton's welcoming ceremony
in 1993 was great....He came over
Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Memorial
and Diana Ross..Michael Jackson and Michael
Bolton all performed for us that night
It was a lot of fun.

Posted by: rodneysmall | January 7, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

As usual, the true beleivers are being churlish. Bruce Springsteen is a great American who always speaks up for working class Americans. He will be performing to honor the Obamas, who are also great Americans. You Repukes should remember your mantra from 2002 and onward, criticizing the president (elect) is treasonous. What goes around comes around, but your sense of irony is so atrophied, I doubt you will ever catch up.

Posted by: ElectricBill | January 7, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

So sorry to learn that Sophie Tucker was a filthy republican...

Posted by: kase | January 7, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Bruce is the best !!

Posted by: gpaukstis | January 8, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if this might be on C-Span ????

Posted by: sports2 | January 9, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

This is going to be broadcast on HBO. People will need a free ticket, no announcement on how to get them. There's also a free concert on MLK Day where Aretha Franklin will perform, at the Millenium Stage, and a Kids Concert that will also be shown on Disney.
http://www.obama-mamas.com/inauguration.html

Posted by: sandnsea | January 10, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I heard a rumor that Bono is showing up at this concert with Bruce!! I wish they would confirm this and how to get the free tickets! Can't wait to witness history!

Posted by: yeswedid1 | January 11, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

As I recall, Andy Williams was a close personal friend of Robert F. Kennedy and performed at his funeral. You may have put him in the wrong list.


>Republicans: Sophie Tucker; The Marine >Corps Pipe Band; Hank Williams Jr. and >the Monday Night Football Orchestra; The >Blue Angels Flying Step-Dancers; Andy >Williams with special guest Perry Como.

Posted by: tedb1 | January 11, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

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