Music heavyweights Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel shared a New York stage Thursday night to drum up financial support for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and the Democratic Party.
The singers alternated between each other’s songs and clearly had fun, noted the Associated Press. India.Arie, John Legend and Springsteen’s wife, Patti Scialfa, joined in to perform the pair’s biggest hits. When they launched into “Born to Run,” Springsteen said, “This is for the senator.”
Obama appeared at the end of the historic concert at Hammerstein Ballroom, calling the event “a magical evening.” He said he wouldn’t ruin the moment with a long speech, then proceeded to make a speech comparing the struggling, everyday people in Joel’s and Springsteen’s songs to the people he’s met on the campaign trail, reports the Associated Press.
He warned supporters not to get too cocky because he leads in the polls. “Don’t underestimate the capacity of Democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Don’t underestimate our ability to screw it up,” Obama said. “I want everybody running scared.”
Obama also offered a new explanation for his decision to seek the White House. “I was sitting offstage with (his wife) Michelle, and I … said, ‘Honey, the reason I’m running for president is I can’t be Bruce Springsteen. I can’t be Billy Joel,'” Obama said.
Springsteen hugged Joel during “Spirit in the Night,” then ended up laying across the piano as he sang. Joel left the piano and picked up a guitar for “Glory Days.” They even stuck a bit of the Beatles’ “Hard Day’s Night” into the middle of Joel’s song “River of Dreams.”
Tickets for the “Change Rocks” concert ranged from $500 to $25,000 each.
“Spirit in the Night” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYne9E4LL0c
“Born to Run” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Zreaj4hrTo