Bruce Springsteen and his legacy
It is 2016, and you would think people would be over Bruce and his four-hour long concerts. Why do people keep going back to him? He concerts are almost like a drug you can’t quit. Once you go to one show, you need to go to about 10 other ones.
Around a year ago, Mr. Springsteen announced The River Tour. He re-released his 1980 album as The River Collection. This album featured the entire The River album, along with some extra songs, that you can’t help but dance to.
As a dedicated fan of The Boss, I attended five of his shows on this tour. As a 24-year-old, I often get questioned— why am I even at the concert? And I will explain that to everyone right now!
I have been listening to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band since I was in my Mother’s womb. I remember asking her when I was a little kid why she married my father if she loved Bruce so much.
My entire family loves The Boss. We all tailgate, drink, eat, and laugh together. It’s an amazing experience. We cry at the same songs, we totally get excited for the same song, we even dance like crazy people in the isles to the same songs. But why do we love this so much?
One thing I’ve noticed at Bruce’s concerts is that there are generations that all come together. You will see grandparents, their children, and their children’s children all having an amazing time together. Even if you don’t like the person standing next to you all that much, a certain song starts, and everyone just shuts up and takes everything in.
Whenever you hear Soozie start playing the violin for Jungleland, it’s amazing how an entire stadium just stops for a second. And as soon as you hear “The Rangers had a homecoming…” everyone just joins in with Bruce and some of us cry, and some of us get so excited because they have never heard that song played live before. When Jake starts his sax solo, everyone loses it. When Nils starts his guitar solo for Because the Night everyone gets so excited to see him spin around with his guitar. When Stevie joins in with Bruce during Rosie, everyone loses it.
When The E Street band walks onto the stage…I can’t even explain it. You feel excited, anxious to see what song he’ll open with. For me, it is a bittersweet feeling.
As I mentioned before, my Mother loved Bruce, and sadly we lost her 2 years ago. As soon as Bruce announced his tour, I knew I had to go. As soon as I saw Bruce on that stage, I knew she was right next to me. Every night on that tour, he played one of her favorite songs. I cheered, I cried, and I never felt closer to my Mom.
So, why do people still love Bruce after all these years? So many Springsteen fans hold so many memories with his songs and his concerts. You make friend at his shows, some people even get engaged at his shows! He’s a 64-year-old man who will steal a beer from someone in the audience and chug it. He’ll crowd surf.
He will put on the most amazing concert you will ever see in your life. And that is why I truly believe that Bruce Springsteen is so loved.