Bruce Springsteen has an unwanted groupie. Obese, temperamental, pushing fifty, and even possessing the wrong downstairs equipment, the infatuated fanatic has gone to more than 100 shows with the dream of one day having a backstage moment, alone, with the Boss. It's not the groupie's weight, explosive personality, or even exaggerated manliness that prevents him from getting a backstage pass. It's his politics. Read my article @ the American Spectator on the Boss's rebuff of Chris Christie acting as a microcosm of our fractured times.
I was commenting today at how deep down unhappy liberals seem to be. Even when they win, they're unyeilding and miserable.
The last dime I gave to Springsteen was to purchase tickets for his first Fenway show many years ago. While on stage, he lectured the audience that if they wanted to know the truth, they needed to read Al Franken's book. After that, I was done.
Springsteen connected with a broader audience when the causes he rallied around were for disabled vets, food kitchens, etc. He has grown to be an annoying liberal, and if you ever read any of the multiple interviews he has done lately, he is also amazingly misinformed. Blue collar Bruce he is not.
I was at one of those initial Fenway concerts, Rich. I missed the lecture. But I did hear one at a Bruce show in Tampa 15 or so years ago. He started preaching about some challenge to affirmative action taking place in Florida at the time. It was the last thing his audience wanted to hear--tickets evidently were not divied out under any quota system (unless it was one that favored white people to the exclusion of everyone else). It was the one time when the "boos" might have been misheard for "Bruce"--rather than the other way around. Anyhow, I like Bruce but I have decided not to go see him (or U2) for the foreseeable future because he has grown a little stale for me (even though I go to sleep to "Nebraska" every few weeks).
Al Franken. That should tell us all we need to know about Springsteen's intellectual level.