Jon Stewart's Rally Attendees: Ozzy Osbourne, Sheryl Crow and Thousands More
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Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity brought an estimated 215,000 people to the National Mall on Saturday, and it wasn't only regular people fed up with the insanity of our culture's cable news. Singers like Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, John Legend and the Roots showed up to play along.
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Speaking to the thousands of attendees at the Rally, host Stewart said they were all gathered there not as individuals on radical sides of the political spectrum, but as normal people with busy lives.
"Most Americans don’t live their lives as Democrats or Republicans or liberals or conservatives," said Stewart. "Most live their lives as people a little bit late for something they have to do… making little, reasonable compromises we all make... We have to work together to get from the darkness to the light."
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Mixed with speeches and comedy video montages, the event also drew a bunch of musical acts. A string of train-themed songs were performed by Ozzy Osbourne ("Crazy Train"), Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens ("Peace Train") and the O'Jays ("Love Train").
Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow teamed up for the special song "The Least I Can Do is Care," while Tony Bennett, Law & Order's Sam Waterston, basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar and even R2-D2 from Star Wars made an appearance.
Summing up the day's theme, Stewart called the mass of faux news constantly being streamed at us a real distraction of what is actually important.
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"We live now in hard times, not end times," Stewart said. "The country's 24-hour [news cycle] did not cause our problems but its existence makes solving them that much harder. If we amplify everything, we hear nothing."