Thanks to backstreets.com
Nothing official yet, but here’s what’s blowin’ in the wind. On Monday, Fox News’ Roger Friedman wrote of potential musicians “in the mix” for Inaugural events: “Obama stalwarts Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, and Bruce Springsteen, I am told, were each asked to play at specific events around Washington on January 20th.”
Now, WashingtonPost.com’s Inauguration Watch blog points to specifics: “The Presidential Inaugural Committee has been mum, but sources tell the Post’s Lena Sun that Bruce Springsteen will perform at Barack Obama’s inauguration week welcome event Jan. 18 on the National Mall. The event will be on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and open to the public for free.” WTOP concurs.
According to the Presdential Inaugural Committee website, the Lincoln Memorial event is the Inaugration’s Sunday afternoon “Opening Celebration” and will be broadcast live: HBO will exclusively televise the Opening Celebration for the 56th Presidential Inaugural, a celebration of America to be held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, January 18th. HBO will televise the event that evening on an open signal, working with all of its distributors to allow Americans across the country with access to cable or satellite television to join in the Opening Celebration for free…. The Opening Celebration will be a marquis event, featuring some of the biggest acts in the world of entertainment to celebrate our common heritage and our new direction. President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden will both attend the event, which will be free and open to the public.”