Bruce Springsteen spent the days leading up to the election as President Obama’s opening act, performing short acoustic sets at several rallies. Jay-Z, too, shared the stump with the president at several stops, even tweaking his classic “99 Problems” for the occasion. (“I got 99 problems but Mitt ain’t one!”)
We hoped against hope that either of the pair would stay on the circuit and join Obama at his victory rally last night in Chicago. No such luck.
The best musical moment at McCormick Place, though, occurred over the PA. Shortly after NBC and CNN called the election for Obama, a song with a rousing, soulful title/chorus blared through the hall: the Heavy’s “How You Like Me Now?”
Obama took to the stage as Stevie Wonder’s unofficial campaign song, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” played. As I said the other day, it’s time to reclaim that song and others from the political arena!
One of the smattering of celebs on hand Tuesday night in Chicago was Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am, who tweeted about getting to meet Obama backstage and then — not that anyone asked — announcing that he’s releasing a victory song for the president. “Last week I wrote another victory song…it will be out in 1week,” he said.
This news is only interesting if he performs it on CNN as a hologram.