November 29, 2023

Bruce Springsteen’s fans were astonished to find that former US First Lady Michelle Obama had jetted all the way to Barcelona for a surprise stint as The Boss’s backing singer.

Ms Obama, who also played tambourine during the hit song Glory Days, took to the stage on Friday with Steven Spielberg‘s actress wife Kate Capshaw.

The pair shared a microphone with Patti Scialfa, Springsteen’s wife and E Street bandmate. One fan said: ‘It was the last thing anyone expected, to see Michelle up there. What a surprise! A woman of many talents. The crowd went nuts.’

The Obamas have been close friends with Springsteen and his wife for years.

Springsteen, who is currently touring Europe, met Barack on the presidential campaign trail in 2008, and played at his fundraisers. 

Bruce Springsteen’s fans were astonished to find that former US First Lady Michelle Obama had jetted all the way to Barcelona for a surprise stint as The Boss’s backing singer

The Obamas have been close friends with Bruce Springsteen and his wife for years

The musician was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, and the pair co-hosted a podcast, Renegades: Born In The USA, in 2021. Springsteen opposed his friend’s successor, Donald Trump, playing his hit Born In The USA at political rallies.

The Obamas flew to Barcelona on Thursday before joining the Spielbergs and Springsteens at the five-star Palace Hotel’s Amar restaurant. One waiter posted a picture of himself with the guests on Instagram with the caption: ‘Pleasures that this job brings you!’

Before her on-stage appearance, the former First Lady toured some of Barcelona’s landmarks with her husband, including Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia.