Updated: Springsteen And Billy Joel Will Rock For Barack
Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel are about to rock for Barack.
It was announced today that the two music superstars will co-headline "Change Rocks," a concert for the campaign of democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama on Thursday October 16 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
Obama himself will also take part in the event, as will other "special guests" still to be disclosed. There is no word yet on whether the two performers will perform solo acoustic sets or with a full band. Ticket prices begin at $500 (for balcony) and top out at $10,000 (for "lounge").
Four years ago, Springsteen took part in the 2004 "Vote For Change" tour, a series of concerts held in swing states determined "too close to call" for then Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry. The concerts also featured artists such as R.E.M., James Taylor, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and the Dixie Chicks. Springsteen publically came out in support of Obama's presidential bid earlier this year.
"Change Rocks" is being billed as the first time Springsteen and Joel have ever performed in concert together (although some websites are already disputing that claim).
Springsteen was just this past weekend confirmed as the headline act for next year's Super Bowl Halftime Show, and also recently concluded a year long world tour with the E Street Band in support of his 2007 album Magic. Billy Joel meanwhile hits the road again after the election, when he will begin a tour of China, Australia, Japan and New Zealand on Nov. 12
Update: Bruce Springsteen has added three new dates in support of Barack Obama. The Boss will perform free acoustic concerts during Obama rallies in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan. On Saturday October 4 Springsteen performs in Philadelphia at Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 3:30 pm. On Sunday October 5 Springsteen comes to Columbus, Ohio at Ohio State University's Main Oval at 4:30 pm. The mini-tour wraps up at at Eastern Michigan University's Oestrike Stadium for a 4:30 pm concert on Monday October 6.