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Bruce Springsteen was lively as ever last night at the Stand Up for Heroes fifth anniversary show at the Beacon Theatre. He told his bad jokes, rocked the house, and then he auctioned off his guitar, harmonica, mike stand, and the shirt off his back. The winning bidder paid $150,000 as Springsteen stripped down to a t shirt and gave away his plaid shirt. The winner then donated the guitar back to Marine Corps First Lt. Andrew Kinard in the audience. Stand Up for Heroes has really turned into an annual love fest, with military mixing with celebrities, and everyone saluting our troops. Among the guests last night were Glenn Close, Greg Kinnear, Rachel Ray, Kathy Griffin, Diane Sawyer, and Gayle King.  The performers included Bill Clinton, who kicked off the night with a rousing and funny speech. The Max Weinberg Big Band provided the music, and there were plenty of others involved including the wonderful group called 4Troops, Jim Gaffigan, Jon Stewart, Ricky Gervais, Brian Williams, Seth Meyers, and Springsteen. Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters didn’t perform, but he met and mixed with all the troops, quite emotionally. It turns out Waters’s dad died in World War II, and other members of his family have fought in the British Army. “I’ve never seen him so excited about being at a public event,” said his long time love, Laurie Durning.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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