Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton Coming to Support Obama in Ohio


Bruce Springsteen is joining the presidential race. He’s coming to an Obama rally in Parma, Ohio on October 18th, where he will no doubt put on a great performance. Springsteen’s appearance in Ohio, a swing state, maybe the first of several in places where Obama supporters need reassurance and a little entertainment. Previously, the Boss said he was staying out of the race. But he helped Obama in 2008 and it worked. The Obama campaign uses Bruce’s “We Take Care of Our Own” as one of its rallying cries. Bill Clinton will also speak at the Parma event. Maybe he’ll play a little sax with Bruce. It’s unclear whether Bruce will be on his own or joined by members of the E Street Band.

Meanwhile, E Street’s Steve van Zandt is in the last leg of raising money for his Rascals reunion shows on van Zandt needs $20,000 more in donations. The Rascals — and I’m told this is a scoop– were the first band Stevie and Bruce ever saw. And both at the same time, and before they knew each other. This was at the Keyport Roller Drome Battle of the Bands in 1965.

So contribute already, says my source– to Obama and to the Rascals!




Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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