Springsteen Sets Tone at Inaugural Celebration
When President Barack Obama gave his farewell address to the nation on Jan. 10, 2017, he walked off the stage to a recording of Bruce Springsteen’s “Land of Hope and Dreams,”
So it was only appropriate that Springsteen himself would perform “Land of Hope and Dreams” to open the prime-time “Celebrating America” special marking the inauguration of President Biden.
The 90 minute program hosted by Tom Hanks, carried on most broadcast and cable news networks, featured musical performances by Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons, John Legend, Katy Perry, Foo Fighters and Demi Lovato has been described as the first of its kind virtual inauguration concert. But there was nothing virtual about Springsteen’s live, solo acoustic performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Playing his well-worn, sunburst TF450SMSB (currently P6N) which could be fairly described as his #1 Takamine, Springsteen performed the powerful song of hope determined optimism, effectively setting the tone for the balance of the uplifting and flawlessly produced program which also included tributes to America’s working class heroes and addresses from President Biden and Vice President Harris.
Check out Bruce’s performance here.