Bruce Springsteen’s third album, his career-making Born to Run, turns 40 today. Naturally, Twitter has been buzzing all day with 140-character reflections, reactions and praise for the work that spawned hits like “Born to Run” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” and helped the New Jersey-born singer break into the mainstream.
The occasion even seems to have Chris Christie back on the Springsteen side of his ongoing “Who do I like better, Springsteen or Bon Jovi?” battle. He released a whole statement on Twitter, calling the album “my desert island disc. … It is the most powerful rock album of my lifetime.” (See the rest of his statement below.)
Here’s who else decided to chime in today, and what they had to say:
Chris Christie is a Bruce Springsteen fan. This has been one of the more charming parts of the Jersey governor’s prickly personality for the last few years, even if it sometimes seemed to discomfit The Boss himself.
“In an interview with Lifezette, right-wing radio darling Laura Ingraham’s website, Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, confessed they now favor Bon Jovi. ‘This is a hard one,’ Mary Pat said when the interviewer asked her to choose. She ultimately decided ‘Bon Jovi.’ Christie, sitting next to Mary Pat, paused and smirked. ‘Bon Jovi,’ he answered.”
Lifezette nabbed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat to play a game of “This or That.” The two are asked a series of questions, like “Bradley Cooper or Anderson Cooper?” and “Kim Kardashian or Snooki?,” and they have to choose which one they like best. It’s a fun little no-nonsense game until Governor Christie baffles by choosing Bon Jovi over Bruce Springsteen. Huh?! Christie’s supposed to be a huge Springsteen fan! What gives?!
On Saturday at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, band Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers were nearly 20 minutes into their set when they baffled guests by bringing on stage Bruce Springsteen to finish out their nearly two-hour set. More from NJ.com:
British electro rock group HotChip are touring the States in support of their latest album, Why Make Sense. According to Pitchfork, they’ve added a hat-tip-to-America tune to their setlist that they’ve been performing at each stop: “Dancing in the Dark,” from BruceSpringsteen‘s 1984 classic Born in the U.S.A.
Check them out performing the song at Boston’s House of Blues above.
We’ve heard it—and likely said it—a million times: Meryl Streep can do anything. But did we take into account that she might be taking on Springsteen?
Entertainment Weekly reports that the Queen of All Things Acting will sing tunes from The Boss, Lady Gaga, Tom Petty and more in Ricki and The Flash, a film in which she portrays the lead singer in a covers band called The Flash.
I get a fair amount of hate mail here at Philadelphia magazine, especially when it comes to my opinions of American disgrace Bruce Springsteen, which I have shared in the form of two articles: 2012’s “Why I Hate Bruce Springsteen” and a version of that piece that I repackaged for Springsteen’s unfortunate 2014 tour, “Bruce Springsteen Sucks.”
But no pro-Springsteen, anti-Philly Mag hate mail approaches that which I received the other day from New Jersey’s David Meyers. He took the time to write more than 2,300 words in response — more than double the word count of the original piece, nailing me with things like:
Now allow me to tell you why you are not only wrong on the Boss, but a terrible human being in general.
Maybe to someone who does no research on Bruce before he writes an article on him Ms. Patti is solely in the band because of nepotism, but to someone who recognizes the true nature of the situation, she was in fact a part of the band well before she married Dr. Zoom (Bruce’s original nick name that he actually prefers to the Boss. I assume you knew this since you wrote an article on him published in a major magazine).
Now you attack “Streets of Philadelphia” as if that is a legitimate argument. I recognize that you have your own opinion regarding the song and I can’t change that. However, a song that wins a Grammy is certainly not a bad song. If you look at the lyrics you will see just how descriptive and poetic Bruce can be.
Did you ever think maybe there is a reason that his fans are so in love with him? Have you considered that maybe his talent and his heart are so extraordinarily huge that people can’t help but be passionate about him, his band, and their music?
So maintain your stuck up, arrogant, uninformed opinion about Bruce Springsteen. Because while you sulk in the corner at what he does, millions of us around the world will rejoice that God has blessed our lives with someone as giving and as talented as Bruce.
I found it quite, err, moving in parts and thought I should share. Check out the entire letter below:
Last night in New York City U2 took to Times Square for a surprise concert performance in honor of World AIDS Day. As we reported, a recent bike accident kept Bono from performing, so Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay’s Chris Martin stood in as lead singers for the band.
Springsteen proved a worthy replacement for Bono, taking on “Where the Streets Have No Name,” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Check out the full, 11-minute performance below: