Bruce Springsteen & Jon Bon Jovi Rally Around Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia

Billboard

Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi rocked the streets of Philadelphia in front of Independence Mall on Monday night (Nov. 7) in support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Springsteen did not mince words, taking aim at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as a man "whose vision is limited to little beyond himself."

"Tomorrow those ideas and that campaign is going down," he said, urging voters to remember the outcome of Tuesday's election as the day "we stood with Hillary Clinton on the right side of history and a dream of a better America."

The rally also included appearances by former President Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

"How great was it to have Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen with us?" Hillary Clinton said from the stage.

Armed with an acoustic guitar, Springsteen opened with "Thunder Road" and played "Long Walk Home," which he called a "prayer for post election," before wrapping up with "Dancing in the Dark."

Springsteen praised Clinton as a candidate who embraces an inclusive country. "The choice tomorrow couldn't be any clearer. Hillary's candidacy is based on intelligence, experience, preparation and an actual vision of America where everyone counts," he said. "Hillary sees an America where the issue of income distribution should be at the forefront of our national conversation. She sees an America where an issue of immigration reform is dealt with realistically and compassionately."

Jon Bon Jovi took the stage with three other musicians -- including Carl Gentry on guitar, violinist Lorenza Ponce and percussionist Everett Bradley -- for a four-song set that included "Who Says You Can't Go Home," "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night," "Livin' on a Prayer" and a cover of the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun." 

"Think of Mrs. C when you hear this one," he said. 

"Philadelphia, we have been through a lot together," said Bon Jovi,  who said the seeds of his charitable organization, The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, were planted in the city. He also read a letter from Philadelphia resident, Dan Box, a Republican voting for Clinton. "I'm a Republican. I'm a gun owner. I'm a Catholic. And yesterday, I voted," read Bon Jovi, who will fly to Raleigh, North Carolina, on Clinton's jet to a rally in North Carolina with Lady Gaga.