Springsteen Concert Rallies Thousands for President
Charlottesville, VA - He's one of a kind, a true American legend. Bruce Springsteen managed to get out more than 5,000 people on a weekday afternoon in Charlottesville Tuesday.
He held a free concert at the N-Telos wireless pavilion, as a campaign event for President Obama.
He sang a slate of six of his all-time classic hits. But he chose carefully, making sure the lyrics to these songs, held a message.
"I've seen it from both sides, as a young blue collar kid in a working class home in a small town in New Jersey," said Springsteen to the crowd.
"I get up every morning and go to work each day," he sang.
These words, "We take care of our own," lyrics from classic rock and roll hits, transcended the pages of music and spoke directly to these Virginia voters.
"Basically, what it is is that we're all one, that we're all connected, regardless of political beliefs. He kind of illustrated though, the clearer choice, between one side and the other today," said one fan.
Springsteen didn't come to just sing though. His political message extended beyond songs, when he addressed the crowd directly.
"I don't have to tell you about the danger to Roe vs. Wade, and women's health issues around the world under our opponent's policies," he said.
"I love Bruce's enthusiasm for Obama. I'm really excited to see him, and sort of just share that with everybody here and get people more excited about the whole campaign," said one woman.
But many supporters in this crowd, die hard democrats, feel that Springsteen's musical message transcends political parties and speaks to all Americans.
"He's going on thirty some odd years now. So I think that it speaks to every class, and every American regardless of race, sexuality, color, all of it, it's fabulous," she the same woman.
"I think his songs can speak to a lot of different parties and different situations. His songs can be interpreted by anybody, anyway," said one man.
The boss stuck around for a concert at the John Paul Jones Arena. Not free this time, tickets to that event cost anywhere from $70 to $150.