As a longtime listener of Set Lusting Bruce, I was honored when host extraordinaire Jesse Jackson (not THAT Jesse Jackson) asked to interview me on his wonderful podcast, which you can listen to by clicking here. Spoiler alert: Bruce (Springsteen) is the main subject of our conversation. If you like it despite my incessant stuttering, you really should listen to Jesse’s older episodes, and then subscribe to his iTunes network feed. Relevant links are below, but before I go, I just wanted to thank Mr. Jackson once again for the invitation. If you at all enjoy our chat, all credit should go to him; the success of an interview – which are harder than they look – depends waaaay more on the interviewer than the interviewee.
Based on his recent setlists, diversity must be on Bruce’s mind at the moment, undoubtedly due to Trump’s Muslim immigrant ban. To find evidence in support of this claim, one must only consult the words he used to introduce the tour premiere of “American Land” in Adelaide during his first concert after the ban:
“Write All Nite is a website, NOT a fucking blog.”
You can tell a lot about a show by how Bruce greets the audience at the start. For his last of three nights in Perth, he went with, “GOOOOOOOOD EEEEEEVEEEEEEENIIIIIIING WEEEEEESTEEEEEEEEERN AAAAAAAAUSTRAAAAAAAALIAAAAAAA!!!”
To commemorate moving from my Broadway writing back to E Street, here’s a Sound of Music inspired question that wracked my brain in the weeks leading up to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Australia/New Zealand 2017 Tour:
News regarding Escape to Margaritaville; Sweat; Hamilton in London’s quest to stop scalpers/touts; the Stuttering Association for the Young (and Bruce Springsteen, kinda); the Ambassador Theatre Group/Colonial Theatre; and the Nassau Coliseum:
Amidst the seemingly endless array of doomsday scenarios regarding the onset of Trump’s America being bandied about by many artists – a majority of whom are obviously liberal – a rare, commonly held bright spot in this darkness is the promise that at the very least some amazing art will be created in response to the years ahead. Very few have ever countered the quasi-adage ‘misery inspires better art than happiness’ for a reason.
Earlier this week, Michael Riedel of the New York Post reported that Bruce (Springsteen…for those who don’t know me) – after years of purportedly refusing to sell his music for others’ artistic (and financial) gain – is now open to lending his vast musical oeuvre to a Broadway musical.