Last night (November 1st), Bruce Springsteen headlined the annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit at New York’s Theatre at Madison Square Garden. In addition to Springsteen and John Stewart, who appears every year, this year's event also starred Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., and Jim Gaffigan. As expected, between jokes, Springsteen performed a four song acoustic set, which according to Backstreets.com, "raised more than a quarter million dollars with an auction lot including a Cadillac ride with 'The Boss' and, once again, his mother's lasagna."
Springsteen book-ended his set with two 1984 Born In The U.S.A. standards -- "Working On The Highway" and "Dancing In The Dark" -- with a pair of 2007 Magic tunes sandwiched between -- "I'll Work For Your Love" and "Long Walk Home."
- Bruce Springsteen has long maintained that his live performances are the backbone of his career, which connects him not only to the audience and his bandmates, but ultimately to himself: "I knew that the most important thing to me was when I walked out -- whether it was in a little bar on any stage, how it made me feel. Because I wanna do -- find some way in. Some way to be a part of, I guess, a community that was either really there or that I imagined. That I dreamt of."
- The annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit serves the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which provides aid to those who have sustained the "hidden injuries of war," and has raised over $33 million and helped over one million veterans, service members, and their families since it began.