The truth about Springsteen is so disappointing but this one takes the cake!
Bruce Springsteen has been a sellout all these years. He’s not the person he portrayed himself to be to the American people.
He just revealed he nearly gave up one of his most iconic anthems Born In The USA, admitting he believed it was too insincere and “glib”. He said he doesn’t “feel comfortable” singing the song. It’s almost like he’s apologizing for appearing to be patriotic. Are you thinking what we’re thinking? He sang that song so many times but never felt ok singing it? That’s the difference between Springsteen and someone like Lee Greenwood. Lee Greenwood has always been a passionate and fearless supporter of America and the American way. Springsteen is just a phony…
Speaking at a Q&A session with Tom Hanks at the Tribeca Film Festival, the 67-year-old rocker opened up to the Oscar-winning actor, insisting that it was E Street Band guitarist Stevie Van Zandt who convinced him to keep the 1984 hit.
Springsteen’s memorable tune was written in part tribute to friends who had served in the American Army during the Vietnam War and the ironic treatment of the veterans upon their return home.
He divulged: ‘Stevie [Van Zandt, longtime guitarist in the E Street Band] convinced me to keep that song.
‘I remember at the time thinking it’s too glib. It’s too glib. I think I still think that. But Stevie said, “No, no, no – it’s about the band, the brotherhood of the band, the fans.”
The New Jersey native – who has been married to Patti Scialfa since 1991 – added that he gave his musical peer the ‘benefit of the doubt’ but still doesn’t feel quite comfortable with the song.
Adding: ‘I gave him the benefit of the doubt. We’ve played it an awful lot ever since. But I was always a little frightened of it. And the whole record I always have mixed feelings about.’
Despite his feelings, the epochal song has received much praise throughout the years and was ranked 275th on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time as well as placed on RIAA’s Songs of the Century.
The fan favorite and title track of his 1984 album of the same name inspired famed photographer Annie Leibovitz’s iconic photo of Springsteen’s backside against the backdrop of an American flag for the record cover.
Commenting on the concept in 1984, the Medal of Freedom recipient told Rolling Stone: ‘We had the flag on the cover because the first song was called “Born in the U.S.A.”, and the theme of the record kind of follows from the themes I’ve been writing about for at least the last six or seven years.
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