I’ve never known where I stand on Bruce Springsteen, I admire his politics and his dedication I’ve never been very involved with his music. I put that down to lack of effort on my part. How many musicians can you be dedicated to in a lifetime? What I do know is he has tremendous fans and is apparently beyond compare in a live setting.
The reason ‘The Boss’ is on my radar tonight was his brilliant decision to open his Hyde Park concert tonight with a cover of London Calling. Most Clash fans will know Springsteen played the same track with Elvis Costello and Dave Grohl when the Clash were inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame. The NME reports that Mick Jones watched from the side of the stage.
Found the footage, not sure about it being a hand clapping song but still good stuff..
As soon as I find the London version I’ll post it (now done!). On a related note I wanted to post the photo below (click to make more legible). It’s a hand written letter by Joe Strummer recommending Bruce Springsteen for a TV project. The letter is pure Joe, nobody else wrote like him or spoke like him. A lovely bit of history.
It was 109f here in Phoenix today, and I just got back from playing football (soccer) needless to say I feel a bit dehydrated. I’ll just get this posted and reward myself with a beer I believe. Should have some Glastonbury news in the days ahead.
Goodnight Clash fans ~ Tim