Bruce Springsteen Stumps And Strums For Obama In The Streets Of Philadelphia

Pennsylvania wasn’t the only battleground state the Boss visited this weekend in service of his chosen candidate (he also hit Columbus, OH on Sunday), but it was particularly poetic seeing a massive crowd take to Philly’s Ben Franklin Parkway to hear him get political on Saturday. It was part of a mini-swing of performances Bruce is doing to help Senator Obama get some attention amongst people who like rock music. I was watching MSNBC and caught a bit of Saturday’s performance and I’m glad to see it posted on line: this vid catches the tail end of “Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?” and then moves into “The Rising,” but in between Bruce delivers a speech which is remarkably eloquent, inspired, and inspiring, whatever your political view.

OK, particularly if you are an Obama supporter, but whatever the guy knows words. There’s a transcript up at brucespringsteen.com. If you want to see something similar to it in person, here’s a quick list of Bruce’s forthcoming muso-political engagements:

10/06 – Ypsilanti, MI @ Oestrike Stadium at Eastern Michigan University
10/16 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom (“Change Rocks” benefit) (w/ Billy Joel)
11/05 – New York, NY – Town Hall (“Stand Up for Heroes” benefit)