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Bruce Springsteen, E Street “still burning”

January 31, 2009

bruce1(Writing and reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)

 The Boss is heading into his Super Bowl half-time show on Sunday, and even though he is no football fan, Bruce Springsteen knows how to talk a good game.
    
Springsteen, 58, told reporters at a news conference ahead of the Bowl that his decades-old E Street Band has just gone through a “golden age” and is playing its best music ever.
    
“We’re a bunch of old soldiers, but the band is still burning,” he said.
    
President Barack Obama’s election seems to have lightened up Springsteen, who cast a bleak view at the Bush administration. Click here to read about it.
    
Springsteen’s new album “Working On a Dream” was released on Tuesday to mixed reviews. Thebruce2 first song on it “Outlaw Pete” has the Internet blogosphere buzzing over suggestions the melody sounds uncannily similar to costumed rock band Kiss’ 1979 hit “I Was Made for Lovin’ You.”
    
Inevitably, the two songs were juxtaposed on video sharing site YouTube.com to give everyone a chance to judge the similarities. 
    
Did the Boss really do it? In the modern music industry, borrowing a tune quickly gets labeled stealing. But Springsteen also comes from America’s folk music tradition. Folk icon Woody Guthrie took the melody for his anthem “This Land Is Your Land” from the Carter Family, who are also legends in the folk world — and his reputation was never hurt by that reinterpretation. Springsteen has called that song song “one of the most beautiful songs ever written.”
    
Bob Dylan — another Springsteen predecessor — has made liberal use of “borrowed” material throughout his career in and out of folk music, most recently reworking the Muddy Waters song “Trouble No More” into the strikingly similar “Someday Baby” on his 2006 album “Modern Times.”
    
So maybe Springsteen gets a pass if his song sounds like a Kiss track, especially since so many pop songs exist out there. Some are bound to start sounding alike. Then again, British supergroup Coldplay could never use the folk music excuse when they were pilloried for recording a song that appeared to resemble a riff from virtuoso guitarist Joe Satriani. 
    
kissIf nothing else, Springsteen can rest assured that with his Super Bowl show and a budding song controversy, music fans are talking about him again. He’s even reaching new audiences.
    
“If you don’t die, after awhile young people show up in the front row,” Springsteen wryly told reporters this week.

That’s something you probably can’t say about Kiss.

Comments

Springsteen is 59, not 58.

Posted by Citizen Jeff | Report as abusive
 

At 10 o’clock this morning tickets will go on sale for the Boston show on April 21st. I’m praying I can get through and get tickets. I’ve been and will always be a Springsteen fan having listened to him since Greetings from Asbury Park was released. Bruce gives me comfort, peace, and tremedous joy. I saw the show last night and was screamimg and clapping and giggling. He IS THE BOSS.

Posted by jen | Report as abusive
 

It was quite a show. 12 minutes do not begin to convey the full depth of a Bruce concert, but it certainly should wet the appetites of those who have never had the pleasure. As for shortening the songs, I thing it was necessary in order to fit 4 very different songs into a 12 minute period. As the previous writer said – HE IS STILL THE BOSS!!!

Posted by Neil | Report as abusive
 

I’m a 68 year old fan. I can still remember the 1975 TIME magazine article, calling Bruce the next Dylan.
We all know that he has exceeded that prediction. Now, at 59, he’s GOLDEN; he and the E Street Band are in their GLORY DAYS!!

Posted by Jeanelle | Report as abusive
 

the two songs were juxtaposed on video sharing site YouTube.com to give everyone a chance to judge the similarities.

 

Springsteen is the king of music pop. I am a great fan of him. I have found him lyrics.Springsteen is great! to hell with the haters

 

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