The Boss, Beyonce, Bono and Everyone Else

So the lineup for Sunday's big concert at the Lincoln Memorial was just announced and it sure doesn't disappoint. Check it:

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,, and Stevie Wonder.

We have no idea what the schedule will be, how long anyone will play, what anyone will play, or anything else. Just that it's free and open to the public and will be broadcast live on HBO.

So here's a question for you -- out of that long list of performers, which collaborations would you like to see? Springsteen and Bono would certainly be huge, your grandmother might be floored by a Fleming/Groban duet, but if Beyonce and Shakira are on the stage together at any point? Wow.

By David Malitz |  January 12, 2009; 2:31 PM ET Inauguration
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I predict Sheryl Crow will duet with James Taylor (they already have) and Garth Brooks will do one with Jennifer Nettles. Bruce and Bono would be great.

I was already planning to go both Sunday and Tuesday - it'll be awesome, I'm packing two pairs of binoculars.

Posted by: Hemisphire | January 12, 2009 3:40 PM

Bruce has performed with U2 at least three times, most notably when he joined U2 to do "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" after inducting the group the Rock an Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. (Bono inducted Bruce back in '99.)

Bono solo is way less exciting. He joined Bruce onstage to do "Because the Night" on at least one "The Rising" tour gig in 2002 or 2003.

Still, what a lineup.

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Posted by: ZatMat | January 12, 2009 4:49 PM

BRUUUUUUUUCE!!! Wow, i've never been able to see him in concert and now i get to go for free? And see Shakira? And Beyonce? At the freakin Lincoln Memorial???

(Not to mention all those other ridiculously awesome people for free!)

Thank you President Obama. THANK YOU!!!

Posted by: around | January 12, 2009 5:04 PM

"....kicking off the most open and accessible Inauguration in history."


Looks like everyone will get a song or two and that's it since the show is only scheduled for 2 hours on HBO. I'll see about getting down to it. Depends on the timing of everything. Metro better have extra trains ready.

Posted by: EricS2 | January 12, 2009 5:44 PM

I'm not opposed to these kind of things as a blanket event, but if you tell yourself, or your friends "wow, I saw a Bruce and Herbie Hancock and Beyonce concert" nah, ya didn't. You saw an event with them. It's like the Superbowl. Yeah you may see Bruce at the Superbowl, but that's not a Springsteen concert. And unless there are 500 dancers on stage and lazers, is it a Beyonce concert? I would submit it is not.

Posted by: M__N | January 13, 2009 10:45 AM

Yes, Sheryl Crow, of course. The word 'ubiquitous' was invented for Sheryl Crow. She would play the opening of the cheese aisle at Sheetz if it were going to be televised. There is no escape from Sheryl Crow. Has there ever been any kind of musical event free from the scourge of the Sheryl Crow, Queen of Hackdom?

I think not.

Posted by: ana1ana2 | January 13, 2009 3:57 PM

Maybe I'm a jerk, but . . .

Dear Presidential Inaugural Committee -

Can we scrap this in favor of a 2-hour Bruce set? Thanks, bye.

Posted by: Hoodrat | January 14, 2009 10:24 AM

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