Springsteen, U2, Beyonce rock Obama pre-inauguration concert

Bruce makes the crowd rise
Bruce makes the crowd rise

Bruce Springsteen, U2, Beyonce - the stars are lining up for President-elect Barack Obama in more ways than one.

Two days before taking the oath of office as the 44th president of the United States, Mr. Obama joined a sea of people in a rousing, star-studded celebration staged before the Lincoln Monument.

Bruce Springsteen kicked off the We Are One event with with a mighty version of The Rising. Dressed in black and backed by a gospel choir, Springsteen performed his powerful 9/11 composition - sentiments of which now echo a new feeling of hope.

Later, The Boss was joined by legendary, 89-year-old folk singer Pete Seeger for a stirring rendition of This Land Is Your Land, the video of which you can see below.

U2 provide the perfect song

If ever a song was tailor-made for the inauguration of the first African-American president of the United States, it's U2's classic Pride (In The Name Of Love). Check out this video of U2 soundchecking the night before the big show. You can tell it's cold outside!

Beyonce brings down the house

After a day that included performances by The Boss, U2, Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, will.i.am, John Mellencamp and many others, what do you do for a finale?

You bring on Beyonce, of course, for this heart-quaking reading of America The Beautiful. Enjoy!

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.