Sunday, March 27, 2005

Springsteen on U2

The Beautiful One and I were flipping back and forth between "The Amazing Race" and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction show on Thursday night when I saw Bruce Springsteen on the tube. I've never paid much attention to the induction ceremony, but I'm a huge Springsteen fan, so I stopped to listen. I had no idea that he was giving the speech to induct U2, another favorite group of mine. As he spoke, both The Beautiful One and I became more and more impressed. His speech (and it was his; he had it written out in front of him on what appeared to be notebook paper) was eloquent, funny, moving, and fundamentally honest. I happen to think that of both of those artists, so it was also incredibly appropriate. I have a good friend who doesn't much care for the Boss--"all his songs are about girls and cars, and they all sound the same!"--but I hope that even he would admit that this speech was something special. If you don't get a chance to see the induction ceremony (I would imagine that VH1 will replay it at some point), the whole speech is transcribed here.


Anonymous Lyndsay said...

Bruce is nice and all, but you need to add this link to your site:


8:38 PM  
Blogger bryduck said...

Well, ok. Thanks, Lyndsay!

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Jason M. said...

Thank you, Surly Librarian, for getting me the full text of Bruce's speech--the newest "Rolling Stone" only published a few paragraphs. I laughed, I cried. Now it's official--the Boss is truly the Boss. The Boss of Everything.

8:55 PM  
Blogger bryduck said...

He is, indeed. When's the tour, Bruce?

7:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I JUST heard about this! On May 1, the Boss will be between shows in Phoenix on April 30 and LA on May 2. I know that he hit it off with Conor on their tour for Kerry last fall. Besides, Springsteen's new album is called "Devils & Dust". What better place to play songs from an album with THAT title? I've been to Coachella--it's full of devils and dust.

7:35 PM  
Blogger bryduck said...

Uh huh. We'll see about that, anonymous. My guess is that if the Boss does show up, he'll get on stage to perform a 20-minute a capella version of "Dancing in the Dark". How would that taste?

12:48 PM  

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