Bruce Springsteen joined forces with Billy Joel in a live concert to support Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Taking place at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on October 16, the gig was aimed to raise funds for the Democratic presidential candidate of November-4 U.S. general election.
The show was opened with India.Arie and John Legend singing "Ordinary People" and U2's "Pride (In the Name of Love)" during a brief acoustic set. It then continued with Joel taking the stage and picking up his guitar for "Glory Days". Springsteen, his wife Patti Scialfa, and E Street Band's keyboardist Roy Bittan joined Joel and his band for "10th Avenue Freeze-Out".
"Good evening bridge and tunnel elite," Springsteen said in the middle of the show. "I know you spent a lot of money, but like you did with the vice presidential debate: lower your expectations."
At the end of the concert, Arie and Legend came back to the stage closing the gig with "People Get Ready" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours". During the final performance, Obama appeared on the stage thanking fans and saying, "What a magical evening. I just told Michelle backstage that the reason I'm running for President is because I can't be Bruce Springsteen. I can't be Billy Joel."
Live performance of Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel on Barack Obama's campaign: