Bruce Springsteen and Madonna Lead Final Rallies for Hillary Clinton
Politics| | By Sara Wilkins
Bruce Springsteen and Madonna used their musical talents in a last-ditch attempt to encourage voters to back presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ahead of Tuesday’s election. The Boss took to the stage in front of the Independence Mall in Philadelphia, PA on Monday night, belting out tracks including “Thunder Road,” “Long Walk Home” and “Dancing in the Dark” accompanied by his acoustic guitar.
Springsteen didn’t hold back when he spoke to the crowd either, taking aim at Clinton’s presidential rival, Republican candidate Donald Trump, calling him a man “whose vision is limited to little beyond himself.” “Tomorrow those ideas and that campaign is going down,” he continued, urging voters to put the election down in history as the day “we stood with Hillary Clinton on the right side of history and a dream of a better America.” “The choice tomorrow couldn’t be any clearer. Hillary’s candidacy is based on intelligence, experience, preparation and an actual vision of America where everyone counts,” he passionately declared. “Hillary sees an America where the issue of income distribution should be at the forefront of our national conversation. She sees an America where an issue of immigration reform is dealt with realistically and compassionately.” Clinton was present for the concert, alongside her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and daughter Chelsea, as well as current President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Other performers included Jon Bon Jovi, who was joined by guitarist Carl Gentry, violinist Lorenza Ponce and percussionist Everett Bradley to entertain the crowd with four songs including the Bon Jovi hit “Livin’ on a Prayer.” It was a whirlwind trip for the singer, who then traveled on Clinton’s private jet to a midnight rally in Raleigh, NC alongside Lady Gaga. Dressed in an all-black outfit reminiscent of something Michael Jackson might wear, Gaga told the crowd, “We want you to stand up. Be a part of history. What I’m asking you is to be in this moment right now, with us, and fight for your future and the future of our children.” Meanwhile, Madonna surprised fans in Washington Square Park in New York on Monday night when she put on a special acoustic performance in support of Clinton. Surrounded by a group, many of whom were students at the nearby New York University, Madonna received cheers as she performed covers of songs including John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and her own tracks “Like A Prayer” and “Rebel Heart.” Speaking to the audience as she stood in the center of Washington Square Fountain, Madonna urged them, “Vote with your heart, vote with your mind, vote with your spirit, vote with your soul. Save this country, please.”