Bruce Spring­steen, Seth Mey­ers head­line veterans fundraiser


NEW YORK — Bruce Spring­steen teamed up with coun­try star Eric Church on a ver­sion of "Work­ing on the High­way" and Jon Ste­wart laced into Don­ald Trump at a bawdy event Mon­day in New York that gath­ered co­me­di­ans and mu­si­cians to help raise money for mil­i­tary veterans.

Spring­steen, a vo­cal critic of sev­eral White House poli­cies, avoided pol­i­tics com­pletely at the Stand Up for He­roes show, in­stead of­fer­ing a few off-color jokes and four songs, in­clud­ing "Danc­ing in the Dark," ''The Hard Land" and "If I Should Fall Be­hind" with his wife, Patti Scialfa.

The Boss, in jeans, a white shirt and a jean jacket, was re­turn­ing to the event now in its 12 year, hav­ing been the mu­si­cal guest since the be­gin­ning. Last year, the Red Hot Chili Pep­pers took his spot as he worked on his one-man "Spring­steen on Broad­way."

Stand Up for He­roes is co-pre­sented by the Bob Woodruff Foun­da­tion and the New York Com­edy Fes­ti­val. It kicks off the fes­ti­val and raises money for the Woodruff foun­da­tion, which funds pro­grams for in­jured veterans and their fam­i­lies. The foun­da­tion is named for the ABC news an­chor in­jured in Iraq in 2006. It raised over $5.4 mil­lion at the event, held at the 6,000-seat Hulu The­ater at Madi­son Square Gar­den.

Ste­wart, also a vet­eran of the event, opened his set ridi­cul­ing the no­tion that Amer­ica faced a threat from thou­sands of Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants trav­el­ing north­ward in a car­a­van. "I'm so scared," he said. "There's thou­sands of share­crop­pers com­ing at Amer­ica at 1 to 2 miles per hour. They'll be here by April."

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