It’s Tuesday night and you are driving home from work at the beer bottling plant at which you have been employed for twenty years. You turn on the radio to hear Taylor Swift singing about her reputation in the tabloids. You search around for another channel and this time you land on an alt rocker singing about her drug addiction. Finally you land on NPR where there are two persons of opposite genders quietly discussing sexism in modern American academia. You give up and reach into the glove compartment for your favorite old CD. You need some catharsis, you need to get real, you need The Boss.
On Tuesday, March 22 you can see The Boss Aka Bruce Springsteen at The Moda Center. He and the E Street Band will be in Portland as part of their, “River Tour.” The tour follows the December release of his box set, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection.
The voice of proletarian pride and contention has won twenty Grammy’s an Oscar and two Golden Globes in the fifty years that he has been playing music. He is known for singing about the experiences of the working class American. Although, he came from a working class family in New Jersey, he currently has an approximate net worth of 300 million according to the website CelebrityNetworth.com.
He had been singing since 1964, and recording albums since 1974, but he didn’t become the cultural Icon we know today until 1984, when he released his Born in the USA album. The album featured a photo of Mr. Springsteen’s taunt and athletic posterior in front of an American flag backdrop. The album and its title song were immediately misinterpreted as patriotic, although most of the songs on the album were intended to be working class protest songs. The Chrysler Corporation wanted to use the song in its commercials and Republican George Will attended Springsteen concerts.
The singer was horrified by the misinterpretation and refused to allow Chrysler to use his song. He had always tried to emulate folk singers such as Woody Guthrie. He suggested George Will listen to the acoustic version of Born in the USA, which appears on an early album entitled Nebraska. He felt that the lyrics were anything but patriotic and were written in protest of the way America treated its Vietnam veterans.
“Got in a little hometown jam so they put a rifle in my hand; sent me off to a foreign land to go and kill the yellow man.”
Ironically, Mr. Springsteen did not go to Southeast Asia himself. He was considered not fit for military service, as he had been in a motorcycle accident which left him with a concussion. He had exhibited strange behavior when he went for induction.
However a person might interpret his music, it has had an undeniable impact on society. In 1988 Mr. Springsteen performed in East Germany to a crowd of 300,000 people. Journalist Erik Kirschbaum wrote a book entitled, Rocking the Wall. Bruce Springsteen: The Berlin Concert That Changed the World. He suggested that the concert was the catalyst for the falling of the Berlin Wall.
Mr. Springsteen’s music has stood the test of time. Before Miley Cyrus ever swung naked on a wrecking ball, Mr. Springsteen’s album, Wrecking Ball was nominated for three Grammys and was named album of the year by Rolling Stone magazine in 2012. His album, High Hopes was named the 2nd best album of the year by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2014.
All shows on, The River Tour will feature a sequential performance of the 1980 album of the same name. Mr. Springsteen and the E Street band will go on stage at 7:30 p.m. on March 22. Only general admission seats are left and they are $150.00.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.