Friday, April 12, 2024

Inauguration Update: Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake Set for Tom Hanks-Hosted TV Special, Springsteen a Possibility



Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake will headline a TV special for the Biden-Harris inauguration on January 20th, hosted by Tom Hanks. Bruce Springsteen may join in.

It would be great if Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band could play the Lincoln Memorial, just as Bruce did in January 2009 for Barack Obama. That concert, called “We Are One,” featured Bruce, and dozens more artists live outside for huge crowds. Additionally, Sting and Stevie Wonder performed on ABC while the Obama’s took their first dance.

This 90-minute program, called “Celebrating America,” will also feature remarks from the President-elect and the Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and will celebrate “American heroes” like front line workers, teachers and health care workers, among others.
“Our first priority is safety — so while many of us will be watching safely from our homes, we are creating real moments of connection that highlight a new inclusive American era of leadership that works for and represents all Americans,” said an organizer.


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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