Head of state: Springsteen rocks Pavilion for Obama

At an event that was a political rally and a concert, rock superstar Bruce Springsteen fired up the mostly pro-Obama crowd with acoustic versions of "No Surrender," "The Promised Land," a funny Obama campaign song he wrote, "We Take Care of Our Own," and "Thunder Road."  

Democratic candidate for senate Tim Kaine introduced the Boss, saying "Thunder Road" by this "guy from New Jersey" was the best song he'd ever heard when he was a 17-year old kid growing up in the Midwest. Springsteen would sing the song for Kaine at the end of the show, and wish him good luck. 

"I heard there was a good band playing in town tonight," Springsteen told the crowd before he began. His band plays the John Paul Jones Arena tonight.

At one point Springsteen did a pretty good imitation of Obama, telling a joke about how the President calls him every night, then sang a campaign song he made up, one that he said was difficult because it was hard to keep coming up with words that rhymed with Obama. Among other lines, there was "said I was going to vote for Obama, but Fox News told me he smokes marijuana."

A good time was had by all.

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Did they manage to give away all of the tickets?

Old people.

LOL. My FB feed actually showed a flipphone held in the air. Must have been really old people, although given the hair sported by our City Council I guess it stands to reason. And actually, many tix went unfilled as many places were trying to give them away...

Guessing he did not sing "Born in the USA?"

@jimi, remie...there were people of all ages there. Don't be such jerks.

Ha! Did you see Henry Grafs feed? One person with a head of dark hair, looking down and prolly texting.... lame. The rest was a sea of bald guys and grey hair. Guessing Buzzy is of this ilk.

I have nothing against old people (other than the fact that they are actively squandering MY social security payments). Not surprising Springsteen did so well among the hippietelligentsia of Charlottesville.

@Remie, you lucky guy. You must be one of us that will pay more into SS than we receive in the future. Silly boomers still think they are a blessing to the country rather than a plaque.

@jimi...guessing wrong, I'm afraid. Sounds like your daddy didn't take you to the woodshed enough. @remie those "old people" have probably been working twice as long as you've been living.

Good one Buzzy. I am in my 50s and you seem to struggle to post cogently.

Thanks, jimini....so you're making fun of yourself. Now I get it. :)

Sadly, you do not. But keep that smug look on your mug. It looks silly to those who pay the bills.

hey it was ok
lots of people young and old
but it was not a big turn out
bruce was great

looking at a person texting is a wate of time
bruce was singing
and showing how important your vote is

lots of kids in the group who had no idea how much work they will need to do
that was the first time the pledge had been said out loud in a long time
some of the people around me did not know the words

You still playing hoops Joe? Those terps days were long ago....

Bravo, jorsmith@aol.com...nice poem. Bruce was great, singing those classic songs in such an intimate setting. It was a real treat.

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I've never understood how someone with such a terrible voice was so popular.....and every song sounds the same. Oh well, to each his/her own. I thought he was cool for about 20 minutes back in the 80s.

@Bob...who do you consider to have a good voice from the same time period? Come on, man, don't chicken out...put it out there. ;)

question.... who pays for the rental of the pavilliona nd the cost involved in putting this show on?

question.... who pays for the rental of the pavillion and the cost involved in putting this show on?

like myself; springsteen is little more than a side show now.

what would yossarian say ?

help the bombardier.

like myself; springsteen is little more than a side show now.

what would yossarian say ?

help the bombardier.

If Obama couldn't convince people to vote for him during his last visit, how much sway will an overrated, aged rocker have with them? This was nothing but self-aggrandizement from Springsteen.

I grew up on Long Island in the 70's and one thing hasn't changed -- Billy Joel is STILL the far superior musician and Jersey sucks. LOL!

what is wrong with you people?? seriously!! most of those commenting here need a heart and a prayer. you too will be in your 50ties one day, son. nothing wrong with old folks, but u r proving young folks are majorly amiss.

Billy Joel? Seriously?

"..who do you consider to have a good voice from the same time period?"

Bob Seger. What you heard from the studio was what you heard live.

Janis Joplin had a great voice. Her duets with Karen Carpenter were awesome!

Billy Joel. The same a-hole who got so drunk he called Elton John a faggot onstage while playing with him? Oh that guy. You know you've jumped the shark when there is an off Broadway musical with nothing but Billy Joel tunes in it. At least Bruce sang about getting the hell outta Jersey, and that's what I did. So happy to swap my NJ license plates for Virginia ones a long time ago. Bruce show was great.

Billy Joel. The same shmo who got so drunk he called Elton John a faggot onstage while playing with him? Oh that guy. You know you've jumped the shark when there is an off Broadway musical with nothing but Billy Joel tunes in it. At least Bruce sang about getting the hell outta Jersey, and that's what I did. So happy to swap my NJ license plates for Virginia ones a long time ago. Bruce show was great.

This thread is a great example of what's wrong with this town...The Avett Brothers (local faves) put on a show and there story doesn't get a single post. Bruce does a show and gets, for the most part, sh*t on. I guess it's easier to find something to whine about...

oops...haven't had my coffee this morning. That should read...

The Avett Brothers (local faves) put on a show and "their" story doesn't get a single post.

Another reason to vote for Obama - Bruce likes him and sings about him. Completely removes the thought process. They very kind of people for whom Obama has such a profound impact. Give 'em music, give 'em songs. There you go.

@omgitspaul. Thanks. My daughter and I shot the Avett's show and my daughter did the interview. Thanks for commenting on our post here! They were great and so was Bruce.

lol at all the uptight folks ripping Springsteen and his fans. Heaven forbid people go out and have a good time! (And heaven help you if Billy Joel is your idea of a good time....)

@JSGeare...you're spot on. Now, if one is not sure if they will vote at all OR is not sure for whom they will vote, then they should not be voting. Stay home. As a great mentor of our current potus said, "Useful idiots." We really do not need them.

BTW, why does a hero of the working class get such a bad dye job?

R.I.P.: Freddie Mercury (if you want a voice from the '70s and '80s)

Mr. Socks, I can hardly see the screen through my tears.

Some folks were Born To Run. The rest of us were born to stand our ground.