Bruce Springsteen wraps Obama dates
Plays 50-minute acoustic set at Michigan collegeYPSILANTI, Mich. -- Bruce Springsteen concluded his three-day barnstorming tour in support of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday night with an eight-song, 50-minute acoustic set at Oestrike Stadium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.
"Hello, Michigan. Hello, Ypsilanti -- glad to be here. I don't know how to spell it, though," Springsteen told the crowd, which university officials estimated at 5,000, before kicking into "The Promised Land."
The set also included "The Ghost of Tom Joad," "Thunder Road, "Devils & Dust," "Used Car" -- which drew cheers for its reference to nearby Michigan Avenue ("You can't go wrong singing a song that has the name of the state in it," Springsteen said) -- "No Surrender," "The Rising" and Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land."
Early in the show, Springsteen said: "I was on the campaign trail four years ago. This time we're winning." And before "The Rising," he made a long speech similar to those he delivered Saturday in Philadelphia and yesterday in Columbus, Ohio (the text is posted on his official Web site).
He said he believed Obama's Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, would begin launching "an attack on Sen. Obama's character that will make the Swift Boaters look fair and balanced ... they will fail." Springsteen finished the show leading the crowd in a rhythmic chant of Obama's campaign slogan, "Yes we can."
Springsteen isn't finished with his Obama activism efforts. On Oct. 16, he will join Billy Joel and John Legend for a fund-raiser on behalf of the candidate at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.