Beyoncé, Bono, Boss Headline Inaugural Show

Pop stars will share stage with jazz, opera legends at Lincoln Memorial
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2009 6:00 AM CST
British musician Bono speaks onstage at the 2008 European MTV Awards in Liverpool, England, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
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(Newser) – Two days before Barack Obama becomes president, 19 musicians will kick off the inaugural festivities with a free public concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Bruce Springsteen, Bono, and Beyoncé will perform alongside jazz legend Herbie Hancock and opera superstar Renée Fleming, Billboard reports. The concert, called We Are One, will be broadcast live on HBO on Jan. 18.

The Lincoln Memorial concert is only the first of several musical performances scheduled during the inauguration. On Jan. 19 Sheryl Crow and the Beastie Boys will play at a Washington club, while Bela Fleck and Wynton Marsalis will take the stage at the Kennedy Center. Jay-Z will also travel to the capital for the Obamathon—he's headlining a show at the Warner Theater on the eve of the inauguration.