One week ago on January 12, two days after President Obama’s farewell speech, legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen treated the President, the First Lady and many of the White House staff to a special private acoustic session in the East Room, honoring the sacrifice that the collected workers and their families had made over the past eight years.
Springsteen fansite Backstreets recently posted an in-depth account of the performance from a reader who was in attendance. The intimate set featured a few Boss staples and deeper cuts, and the singer dedicated the tunes to the President and his outgoing administration and support staff, many of which were in the crowd with their families. The 15-song set was performed in front of around 200-250 attendees.
Springsteen’s wife and E Street Band member Patti Scialfa also joined her husband for a couple songs, “Tougher Than the Rest” and “If I Should Fall Behind,” the first of which was dedicated to the President and the First Lady. The set also featured tunes like “Growin’ Up,” “My Father’s House,” “Thunder Road,” “Born in the U.S.A,” “Dancing in the Dark” and an appropriate finale of “Land of Hope and Dreams.”
See the full setlist below, and get the full story of the performance here.
The White House East Room, Washington, DC
Working On The Highway, Growin’ Up, My Hometown, My Father’s House, The Wish, Thunder Road, The Promised Land, Born in the U.S.A., Devils & Dust, Tougher Than the Rest*, If I Should Fall Behind*, The Ghost Of Tom Joad, Long Walk Home, Dancing In The Dark, Land of Hope and Dreams
*with Patti Scialfa