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Paul McCartney And Bruce Springsteen Jam Beatles Classic

Paul McCartney fans attending his concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Friday night (Sept. 15) got more than the paid for when Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt joined Sir Paul onstage.

After chants of “Bruce!” echoed through the arena, McCartney and Springsteen performed the Beatles’ classic “I Saw Her Standing There” not once, but twice.

“Are you guys ready to rock?” McCartney asked the crowd as Springsteen and Van Zandt strapped on their guitars. The Boss was all smiles and he bowed down to McCartney before they started the song. They played the tune twice because, even though first go-through rocked, well, he wanted to do it again. And at his shows, he’s the boss.

June 29th: On This Day

On this day in 1984, Bruce Springsteen kicked off the first leg of his Born in the U.S.A Tour with a three night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Springsteen would play a total of 156 shows ending on October 2, 1985, in Los Angeles.

The tour was to support the Born in the U.S.A. album, which was inside the top 10 of the Billboard 200 during the entire tour. Springsteen played the album in its entirety during the tour. His previous album, Nebraska, was also played in full, as it did not have a tour to promote it.

It was his longest and most successful tour to date and grossed $80–90 million overall.

April 20th: On This Day

On this day in 1985, the charity song “We Are The World” by USA For Africa was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles chart and the Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single chart.

“We Are The World” was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and included many big artists at the time such as; Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon.

The song sold over 20 million copies and was Certified 4× Platinum by the RIAA. It is one of the fewer than 30 all-time singles to have sold at least 10 million copies worldwide.

Bruce Springsteen Teams With Joe Grushecky For Trump Protest Song

Bruce Springsteen is letting his passionate views be heard on a new track with his collaborator and longtime friend Joe Grushecky. The new track, entitled “That’s What Makes Us Great”, is an anti-Trump song that premiered on Springsteen’s Sirius  XM station, E Stree Radio.

 

 

Once President Trump took office in January, Grushecky began writing the tune. He told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “[Trump] lost me the moment he started making fun of special needs people. How could a person like that be president of the United States?,” asked Grushecky, who has long worked with special needs children, calling Trump’s actions “appalling.”

Grushecky added that once he sent the song to Springsteen, he agreed to sing on it and “gave it the Bruce treatment”.
Springsteen proclaimed the E Street Band and himself were the “new American resistance” in January during the Women’s March.
In 2016, he told Rolling Stone that “the republic is under siege by a moron.” “That’s What Makes Us Great” targets various aspects of the Trump administration, including immigration and alternative facts. At one point, Springsteen sings, “Don’t tell me a lie / And sell it as a fact / I’ve been down that road before / And I ain’t goin’ back.”

WATCH Bruce Springsteen Team Up With Teen Fan to Perform ‘Growin’ Up’

Nathan Testa, like every super fan, tries to get the attention of their music heroes at a show. Most the time, people are unsuccessful. But the Australian Teen joined the few that can say they’ve joined their hero onstage.

At a Bruce Springsteen concert on Feb. 16, in Brisbane, Testa stood toward the front of the crowd with a sign proudly reading “Missed school, in the s— now, now can I play ‘Growin’ Up’ with you?”

Springsteen has probably seen thousands of signs in the last five years alone, but this one caught his eye. The Boss took brought Testa onstage and if nothing else, Testa will always have this rock star story.

January 5th: On This Day

On this day in 1973, Bruce Springsteen released his debut album Greetings from Asbury Park. The album was recorded the album in a single week in New Jersey.

Though the album was critically acclaimed, it only sold 25,000 copies in the first year of its release. Greetings from Asbury Park produced two singles, “Blinded by the Light” and “Spirit in the Night”, both of which did not produce well on the charts.

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band later released a version of ‘Blinded By The Light’ on their album ‘The Roaring Silence,’ which reached No.1 on the US charts in 1977.

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