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Obama Inaugural DVD to Include John’s Performance at the Lincoln Memorial
01.29.2010 - HBO Home Entertainment will release “The Official Inaugural Celebration DVD,” containing the pre-inaugural “We Are One” concert presentation along with the first-ever Neighborhood Ball and Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony and inaugural address, on April 13. Endorsed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the special edition two-disc collector’s set runs approximately 230 minutes and is priced at $19.97.

Accompanied by Andy York, John performed an exultant version of “Pink Houses” that had the huge crowd singing along with them and the Brookland Baptist Choir (Columbia, S.C.) behind them. President-elect Obama and Mrs. Obama and Vice President-elect Biden and Dr. Biden were equally thrilled.

Besides John’s performance, the DVD features those by Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, Bettye LaVette, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, U2, Usher Raymond IV, and Stevie Wonder. Among those reading historical passages are Jack Black, Steve Carell, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah, Laura Linney and Denzel Washington, with The RT. Reverend V. Gene Robinson giving the invocation.

The “We Are One” concert was originally broadcast by HBO. ABC presented the Neighborhood Ball on Inauguration night, which featured the new President’s and First Lady’s first dance to Beyoncé’s moving rendition of “At Last,” along with performances by, Mary J. Blige, Maroon 5, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Sting and Faith Hill.

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