Bruce Springsteen Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


14th October 2016

Quote: "Bob pointed true north and served as a beacon to assist you in making your way through the new wilderness America had become. He planted a flag, wrote the songs, sang the words that were essential to the times, to the emotional and spiritual survival of so many young Americans at that moment." Bruce Springsteen believes Bob Dylan is very deserving of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The singer/songwriter was named this year's recipient on Thursday (13Oct16).


10th October 2016

Quote: “When he was just a big sort of bloviating New York billionaire, he could be highly entertaining and funny. But he’s not funny as a presidential candidate." Bruce Springsteen shares his views on controversial Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.


25th August 2016

Fact: Rock legend Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band delighted fans in New Jersey on Tuesday night (22Aug16) by performing a hits-packed 35-song set which lasted for three hours and 52 minutes. The epic show is reportedly their longest U.S. gig to date, according to fan website Backstreets.com. They played their longest ever concert in Helsinki, Finland, in 2012, when they rocked out for four hours and six minutes.


17th January 2016

Fact: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band paid tribute to David Bowie during the opening night of their River Tour in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday (16Jan16). Springsteen introduced his cover of Bowie's 1974 hit Rebel Rebel by telling the crowd that he thanked the musical icon for his support "back in the early days". Bowie died after an 18-month battle with cancer on 10 January (16), just two days after he released his last album Blackstar.


21st December 2015

Fact: Sir Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance on U.S. sketch show on Saturday Night Live this weekend (19Dec15) to join musical guest Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to perform festive favourite Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.


26th August 2015

Fact: Bruce Springsteen, DAVID LETTERMAN, Elvis Costello and Joan Jett are among the stars who have filmed cameos for singer Darlene Love's new video Forbidden Love. The promo also features Bill Murray and the man behind her comeback, Springsteen's E Street Band bandmate Steven Van Zandt.


20th January 2015

Fact: Photographs of Bruce Springsteen taken by his personal tour snapper Jo Lopez will go on display at an exhibition in Norfolk, England from 26 February (15) before the show moves to London.


19th January 2015

Fact: Bruce Springsteen made his 11th appearance at the annual Light of Day benefit concert in Ashbury Park, New Jersey on Saturday (17Jan15). The Boss appeared onstage to perform with a variety of local acts intermittently throughout the night until the concert finished at 2am. Profits from the benefit go towards the Light of Day Foundation, a charity for those suffering from Parkinson's disease.


23rd October 2014

Fact: A pair of Bruce Springsteen fans enjoying a tour of The Boss' former neighbourhood in New Jersey couldn't believe their eyes on Saturday (18Oct14) when the rocker and his wife Patti Scialfa appeared before them. Stan Goldstein, who has treated tourists to the Born In the U.S.A. singer's old haunts for over a decade, had never actually spotted Springsteen until the rock superstar parked his car en route and stepped out.


11th April 2014

Quote: "We're here to make him look good, basically." Rocker Steven Van Zandt jokes about the role of the E Street Band as Bruce Springsteen's longtime sidekicks. The musicians were honoured in their own right by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum on Thursday (10Apr14), when they were inducted as part of the Class of 2014.


20th February 2014

Fact: Bruce Springsteen has caught Inxs fever on tour in Australia - The Boss is performing the group's hit Don't Change onstage during his dates Down Under. The rockers are back in vogue in their homeland thanks to the success of a new career-spanning Tv mini-series.


16th February 2014

Fact: Rocker Eddie Vedder joined Bruce Springsteen on stage in Melbourne on Saturday night (15Feb14) to pay tribute to Australians AC DC. The Pearl Jam frontman hit the AAMI Park stage to perform Highway To Hell with The Boss and his band and he stuck around to duet with Springsteen on Darkness on the Edge of Town.


14th January 2014

Fact: Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Phish and Christina Aguilera will head up the talent at this year's (14) New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The four acts will be joined by Arcade Fire, Santana, Vampire Weekend, Robert Plant, Public Enemy and John Fogerty, among others at the 45th annual music event, which will take place in Louisiana over two weekends in April and May (14).


11th September 2013

Quote: "I put that in for my agent, because he's a massive Springsteen fan. And so, I like that. I'm with him, man. Anyone that loves Springsteen can do whatever they want. I love it." Hugh Jackman added a tribute his his agent in new movie Prisoners by making his character a fan of Bruce Springsteen.


2nd July 2013

Fact: Bruce Springsteen enjoyed some family time during his set at London's Hard Rock Calling concert on Sunday (30Jun13) by bringing his mum onstage. The Boss waltzed with 88-year-old Adele during Dancing In The Dark, while his sister Pam also joined him in front of thousands of fans.


1st July 2013

Fact: Bruce Springsteen played his 1984 album Born in the Usa in its entirety for fans at British festival Hard Rock Calling on Sunday (30Jun13). The Boss' appearance at the same London event last year (12) ended in controversy when bosses pulled the plug while he was performing with Sir Paul MCCartney as they had gone past the venue's curfew.


20th November 2012

Fact: Singers Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Kevin Jonas have been recruited to serve on a new advisory board in their home state to help raise and allocate funds to projects set up to help areas of New Jersey following last month's (Oct12) superstorm. The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund has already raised $16 million (£10 million) and was created by governor Chris Christie's wife Mary Pat.


12th November 2012

Fact: Bruce Springsteen's 20-year-old daughter Jessica Rae has earned the honour of representing the U.S. in the Famous Gucci Paris Masters showjumping event in France later this month (30Nov12). The equestrian champion isn't the first celebrity offspring to compete for America in the prestigious show - Tom Selleck's daughter Hannah took on the task last year (11), although she failed to win a prize.


26th October 2012

Quote: "I was just immediately panic-stricken, like, 'He's gonna watch my show...?' They came back for a meet and greet backstage before and I brought this little guitar that I always write songs with and I asked him to sign it and not only did he sign it, but he played it... It was crazy." Taylor Swift on meeting her hero Bruce Springsteen at a recent show.


18th October 2012

Fact: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Metallica and Iron Maiden will headline Brazil's Rock In Rio festival in September 2013. The weekend spectacular will mark Metallica's sixth time at the iconic Rio De Janeiro event.


20th September 2012

Fact: Bruce Springsteen's daughter has bought the horse that secured gold for Great Britain in the showjumping event at the 2012 London Olympics. The horse, named Murka's Vindicat W, was sold by rider Peter Charles to 20-year-old Jessica Springsteen, an international showjumper.


9th July 2012

Fact: Bruce Springsteen's 20-year-old daughter Jessica is hoping to head to London for the Olympics later this month (Jul12) - she failed to make the cut for the U.S. equestrian team, but she's among the reserves and still might get to show off her horsemanship.


8th July 2012

Fact: Bruce Springsteen shone the spotlight on his daughter Jessica during his show in Paris, France on Thursday night (05Jul12) as he invited her onto the stage to dance with him. Father and daughter showed off their fancy footwork during Dancing In The Dark before the rocker scooped the 20 year old into his arms and kissed her as she headed backstage.


24th April 2012

Fact: Funnyman Jimmy Fallon has recruited an impressive supporting cast for his new comedy music album - Bruce Springsteen, Sir Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake will all join in the fun.


7th March 2012

Quote: "Losing Clarence was like losing the rain. You're losing something that has been so elemental in your life for such a long time." Bruce Springsteen on the death of saxophonist Clarence Clemons.


7th March 2012

Quote: "Clarence doesn't leave the E Street Band when he dies. He leaves when we die." Rocker Bruce Springsteen insists the late saxophonist Clarence Clemons will always be a part of his touring band.


5th March 2012

Fact: Bruce Springsteen joined comedian Jimmy Fallon on his U.S. talk show on Friday (02Mar12) to perform an acoustic rock rendition of LMFAO's pop hit Sexy And I Know It. The funnyman mimicked Neil Young for the skit.


2nd December 2011

Fact: Bruce Springsteen will share his music industry knowledge at next year's (Mar12) South by Southwest Music and Media Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas after signing on as the event's keynote speaker. Past keynote speakers include Neil Young, Robert Plant and Johnny Cash.


16th May 2011

Fact: Bruce Springsteen cheered his daughter on at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Berkshire, England over the weekend (14-15May11). Jessica, 19, took first place in a showjumping event.


17th January 2011

Fact: Bruce Springsteen stunned music fans at a small Parkinson's Disease benefit concert in Asbury Park, New Jersey on Saturday night (15Jan11) by taking to the stage with headliner ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO and host Vincent Pastore. The rocker hit the Paramount Theater stage for a set with pal Joe Grushecky at the Light of Day concert late on Saturday night and then wowed the crowd with a solo, acoustic version of his classic Thunder Road.


29th November 2010

Quote: "I would follow him to Mount Sinai and listen to his every word." Rocker Chris Martin believes Bruce Springsteen is the second coming of Christ.


28th October 2010

Fact: A guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band has sold for $35,000 (£23,333) at a charity event in New York. The instrument raised funds for the We Are Family Foundation, which was set up by songwriter/musician Nile Rodgers.


8th October 2010

Quote: "I was sitting there suffering by myself most nights. I'd gotten into this vampire sleeping schedule, going to bed at eight in the morning... and sleeping to four and then writing all night. And this went on for at least an entire winter. I suffered from severe light deprivation." Bruce Springsteen on recording his classic album Darkness On The Edge of Town.


8th October 2010

Quote: "It caused somebody at the IRS to say, 'Who is this guy and why hasn't he paid any taxes yet...?' They found out that we existed because we'd all been living off the grid in New Jersey for so many years. I simply never met anyone who had paid taxes." Rocker Bruce Springsteen on the downside of finding megafame in the late 1970s.


17th September 2010

Quote: "He knows that moment that you have the first time you go out with a girl and the first time you get to first base with a girl." DANNY DeVITO insists rocker pal Bruce Springsteen knows how to write a love song.


17th July 2010

Fact: Bruce Springsteen's brother-in-law is a former rodeo bull rider.


1st June 2010

Quote: "That was the moment I realised how much I loved my son. I framed it on the wall, I'm like 'Don't touch it!'... Bruce literally took it off his body and handed it to me, so after that it went from his hands to the display case." Mariska Hargitay paid $50,000 (£33,333) for a guitar belonging to her music idol Bruce Springsteen at a charity auction last year (09), and asked the rocker to sign it for her son.


15th May 2010

Fact: Actress Kate Hudson surprised attendees at a charity concert in New York on Thursday (13May10) when she rocked out with Bruce Springsteen on stage. The Boss was performing at Carnegie Hall as part of Sting and his wife Trudie Styler's Rainforest Fund benefit, which also saw sets by Lady GaGa, Sir Elton John and Debbie Harry.


21st March 2010

Quote: "My first advice would be to hydrate. Drink more water. You do need to drink a lot of water onstage. We also have a substance that we drink during a show that has electrolytes." Bruce Springsteen's sidekick Steven Van Zandt offers advice to touring acts.


23rd November 2009

Fact: Rock superstars U2 will headline the 40th anniversary of Britain's Glastonbury Festival next year (10) - marking the Irish band's first ever appearance at the iconic music event. Bruce Springsteen made his Glastonbury debut when he hit the stage this summer (09).


9th November 2009

Fact: Mel Gibson and Glenn Close joined fans of Bruce Springsteen to rock out at his concert on Saturday (07Nov09) - the Hollywood actors were spotted among the crowd at New York's Madison Square Garden.


15th October 2009

Fact: Bruce Springsteen, U2 stars Bono and The Edge and Sheryl Crow will be among the guests joining Elvis Costello for the second season of his Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... TV show, which debuts in December (09).


23rd September 2009

Fact: Top Bruce Springsteen tribute act the B STREET BAND will perform a marathon gig at B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill in New York on Wednesday night (23Sep09) to mark the rocker's 60th birthday.


18th September 2009

Fact: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bosses have lined-up an all-star list of honourees including Bruce Springsteen, U2, Stevie Wonder, Metallica and Aretha Franklin to perform at the organisation's 25th anniversary concert in New York next month (Oct09).


24th June 2009

Quote: "I first saw Bruce play in 2007 and knew I had to get better. Lots had to change. I was watching the world's best live band, fronted by an incredible performer." Singer James Morrison thanks Bruce Springsteen for helping him improve his act.


19th June 2009

Quote: "It's shocking, I've been to a few Glastos in my time, I've even played at a few, and it just didn't seem like that was the kind of artist they had headlining. I heard they called him and he didn't even know what it was." John Lennon's son SEAN is baffled as to why Bruce Springsteen was chosen to headline this year's (09) U.K. music festival Glastonbury.


27th May 2009

Quote: "If toys are round the floor or there are papers lying about, he'll pick up the toys and shuffle the papers to make them tidy. He does say, 'I bet Bruce Springsteen doesn't have to do this.'" Penny Lancaster gets help around the house from her rocker husband Rod Stewart.


5th May 2009

Quote: "I think it's the culture they've grown in with respect to what's considered acceptable. Would you ever have imagined it would be OK to walk up to Bruce Springsteen and put a camera in his face while he's having lunch with his family without even saying, 'Excuse me?'" Renee Zellweger, 40, on the absent manners of younger generations.


31st March 2009

Quote: "Before curtain it's vocal warm-ups, stretches, listen to (BRUCE) Springsteen's BORN TO RUN for five minutes and then - focus." Actor Colin Hanks on his rituals before taking the stage in Broadway show 33 VARIATIONS, co-starring Jane Fonda.


24th March 2009

Quote: "Its unbelievable. Ive been on tour with them since I was nine, but I never thought I could be put into this family any deeper. Its just a huge moment." Drummer MAX WEINBERG's son JAY after making his debut as Bruce Springsteen's stand-in drummer at a rehearsal show in Asbury Park, New Jersey on Monday night (23Mar09). The younger Weinberg will replace his dad in the E Street Band when Springsteen tours Europe this summer (09).


19th March 2009

Fact: Bruce Springsteen will become only the fourth musician to perform on late-night U.S. comedy show The Daily Show With Jon Stewart when he appears on the programme on Thursday night (19Mar09). Coldplay, the White Stripes, and Tom Waits are the only other musical acts to have performed on the award-winning show.


23rd February 2009

Fact: Rock legend Bruce Springsteen has been unveiled as the headlining act for this year's (09) renowned British music festival Glastonbury. The Boss will take to the main stage at the sold-out event on Saturday 27 June.


11th February 2009

Quote: "It was like being shot out of a cannon. I didn't know 12 minutes could take that much out of you. I'm still recovering from the intensity." Bruce Springsteen's half-time performance at the Super Bowl earlier this month (01Feb09) took its toll on the rocker.


10th February 2009

Fact: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are to perform at the Hard Rock Calling event in London's Hyde Park on 28 June (09). The Boss will headline the second night of the two-day event, which will mark his first ever festival appearance outside the U.S.


5th February 2009

Quote: "We were a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) unit, with heating pads, ice packs, exercise equipment and masseuses - all we needed to physically do it." Rocker Nils Lofgren jokes about touring with Bruce Springsteen as part of the E Street Band in 2008. Lofgren is recovering from surgery to replace both his hips.


3rd February 2009

Fact: Music fans vying for a ticket to The Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, headlined by Bruce Springsteen, cult rockers Phish and the Beastie Boys, will be given the option to pay for the $250 (£180)-a-head event in five instalments of $50 (£36). The summer show runs from 11 to 14 June (09) in Manchester, Tennessee.


2nd February 2009

Quote: "All of Washington felt like being inside, just like, a great show, where the best of people were on display. It was a nice day, a beautiful day." Bruce Springsteen on performing for then-President-elect Barack Obama on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the Sunday before his inauguration (18Jan09).


2nd February 2009

Fact: Rocker Bruce Springsteen thinks Coldplay should headline the Super Bowl half-time show in 2010. The Boss performed during half-time of Sunday's (01Feb09) big game in Florida between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers.


2nd February 2009

Quote: "I've got an album to promote." Bruce Springsteen on why he chose to perform at the Super Bowl half-time show.


26th January 2009

Fact: Bruce Springsteen has an asteroid belt named after him.


19th November 2008

Fact: Bruce Springsteen's teenage daughter JESSICA is well on her way to becoming a big name in equestrian circles after winning top prizes at the 125th National Horse Show in Syracuse, New York earlier this month (Nov08). The 16 year old beat out other top showjumpers on her horse Tiziano as her proud mum Patti Scialfa and dad watched on.


12th November 2008

Fact: Bruce Springsteen will debut his new single WORKING ON A DREAM at half-time of the National Football League (NFL) game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins on Sunday (16Nov08)


31st October 2008

Fact: Rocker Bruce Springsteen has given his fans a Halloween treat - he has posted a special spooky song on his website. A NIGHT WITH THE JERSEY DEVIL can be downloaded for free throughout the ghostly celebrations.


8th October 2008

Quote: "We corresponded by letter and he took the time to say, 'OK, Mick, I'll do what I can.' He did something very generous and really special." Mickey Rourke is impressed with the theme pal Bruce Springsteen wrote and recorded for his new film THE WRESTLER.


1st October 2008

Fact: Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen will team up to headline a New York gala for U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama two weeks before the American general election in November (08). The event will mark the first time the two rock legends have performed at the same concert.


26th September 2008

Quote: "It kinda seems a little un-American to me... It's like making a product and everyone saying, 'OK, it's all for sale at the same price...' I don't think Bruce Springsteen's BORN IN THE U.S.A. should be the same price as my neighbour's new garage band. Call me crazy." Kid Rock explains his decision not to put his hits on iTunes for fans to download for 99 cents (53 pence).


11th August 2008

Fact: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will reportedly play at next year's Super Bowl half-time show in Tampa, Florida on 1 February (09).


30th July 2008

Fact: Bruce Springsteen turned his Giants Stadium show in New Jersey into a family affair on Monday night (28Jul08) - he led a happy birthday sing-a-long for his wife PATTI SCIALFA and then danced with his daughter during GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES.


29th July 2008

Quote: "Every good writer or filmmaker has something eating at them that they can't quite get off their back. Your job is to make your audience care about your obsessions." American rocker Bruce Springsteen reveals his aims when he takes the stage, after more than three decades performing with the E Street Band.


8th April 2008

Fact: Rage Against The Machine rocker Tom Morello joined Bruce Springsteen onstage in Anaheim, California for a collaboration on THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD - a Springsteen track the guitarist has covered.


7th March 2008

Quote: "Bruce Springsteen's BORN IN THE U.S.A. It sounds really good when the water is on. You can think you're Bruce and just go with it." Wyclef Jean reveals his favourite song to sing in the shower.


28th February 2008

Quote: "The first thing I do when I come out every night is to look at the faces in front of me, individually. I may find a certain person and play to that single person all night." Bruce Springsteen selects a lucky fan to secretly serenade each time he takes the stage.


8th December 2007

Fact: Bruce Springsteen will perform three concerts at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey next July (08). The New Jersey native has previously sold-out 66 gigs at the same venue.


27th November 2007

Quote: "Pop records are fun - (Rihanna's) UMBRELLA I can enjoy tremendously…" Veteran rocker Bruce Springsteen is a big fan of the young R+B star.


18th October 2007

Fact: Bruce Springsteen's new Rolling Stone magazine cover shot is the rocker's 15th.


18th October 2007

Fact: Bono and The Sopranos star James Gandolfini were among the fans at Bruce Springsteen's Madison Square Garden show in New York on Wednesday night (17Oct07). Springsteen's guitarist is Gandolfini's The Sopranos co-star STEVEN VAN ZANDT.


7th September 2007

Fact: Tickets for Bruce Springsteen's forthcoming December (07) concert in Belfast, Northern Ireland, sold out in just eight minutes after going on sale on Thursday (06Sep07) morning.


24th August 2007

Fact: Bruce Springsteen's new vinyl album MAGIC will hit stores on 25 September (07) - a week before the CD release.


17th August 2007

Fact: Bruce Springsteen is reuniting with THE E STREET BAND on upcoming album MAGIC, his first recording with his longterm backing group since 2002.


13th March 2007

Fact: Bruce Springsteen and Norah Jones are the frontrunners succeed Prince and perform at the 2008 Super Bowl, according to US sports bible Sports Illustrated.


12th October 2006

Fact: A new book of never-before-seen photographs of Pearl Jam, with accompanying essays written by Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Michael Stipe, Ben Harper, Cameron Crowe and Tim Robbins, is released this week (begs09OCT06) and can be bought from the band's website.


17th May 2006

Fact: Rocker Bruce Springsteen penned MANFRED MANN's 1977 hit BLINDED BY THE LIGHT.


9th February 2006

Quote: <p>"It wasn't so much beating (Bruce) SPRINGSTEEN as beating Sony. We just have a little office with three people in it." Grammy winner John Prine on beating Bruce Springsteen for Best Contemporary Folk Album. </p>


24th October 2005

Quote: <p>"Bruce taught me some very valuable lessons, like how to hold on to your life as a civilian and how to disappear out the back door in your civvies, back to ordinary life." U2 star Bono credits Bruce Springsteen as a fame guru. </p>


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