Bruce Springsteen kicked off his Australian tour with the declaration that he is joining the “new American resistance” at a show in Perth Saturday.
“We’re a long way from home,” Springsteen told the crowd after performing “Lonesome Day” from his album The Rising. “Our hearts and spirits are with the hundreds of thousands of women and men that marched yesterday in every city of America — and in Melbourne.”
Springsteen is on a monthlong tour of Australia and New Zealand, but his wife and fellow E Street Band member, Patti Scialfa, stayed stateside to join the Women’s March held in Asbury Park, N.J., according to the Asbury Park Press.
“We rallied against hate and division and in support of tolerance, inclusion, reproductive rights, civil rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, the environment, wage equality, gender equality, health care and immigrant rights. We stand with you. We are the new American resistance,” said the rocker.
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With that, Springsteen launched into “Darkness on the Edge of Town” and a setlist that included “American Skin (41 Shots)” and “Land of Hope and Dreams,” the song chosen by President Barack Obama for his final address to the nation.
Watch the video of Springsteen’s speech below.
A version of this story originally appeared on Billboard.com.