Music Stars Come Out For Obama Inaugural Concert
January 19, 2009 at 5:48 AM (PT)
Music legends joined SUNDAY with hundreds of thousands of people at WASHINGTON's Lincoln Memorial in a vast emotional celebration of BARACK OBAMA's upcoming inauguration as the first black U.S. president.
OBAMA and his family sang to the music along with a massive crowd who braved biting cold to witness mega-stars including BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, U2 and STEVIE WONDER perform on the same steps MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. roused the civil rights movement 46 years ago.
When Irish rockers U2 sang "Pride (In the Name of Love)," its song dedicated to the memory of KING, singer BONO told the crowd the civil rights' leader's vision had been realized: "On TUESDAY, that dream comes to pass!"
By dawn, tens of thousands bundled in winter coats and gloves were already streaming through intense security cordons for the "We Are One" extravaganza that boasted a lineup with as many big names as a LIVE AID concert.
In keeping with OBAMA's appeals to unity, the concert and readings sought to meld the country's cultural strands and historic trials into a single mosaic, weaving together a range of artists and genres -- ranging from country to African-American Gospel music, traditional patriotic hymns to R&B, hip-hop and folk.
Music legends WONDER and SPRINGSTEEN joined soul divas BEYONCE and MARY J. BLIGE and a host of other stars -- JON BON JOVI, JOHN LEGEND, SHAKIRA and JAMES TAYLOR, among many others.
"Directly in front of us is a pool that still reflects the dream of a KING, and the glory of a people who marched and bled so that their children might be judged by their character's content," OBAMA said. "And behind me, watching over the union he saved, sits the man who in so many ways made this day possible."