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Bruce Springsteen Refuses To Play Born In The USA For Glastonbury
London Times ^ | June 28, 2009

Posted on 06/28/2009 7:19:51 PM PDT by Steelfish

June 28, 2009

Bruce Springsteen refuses to play Born in the USA for Glastonbury

(Luke Macgregor/Reuters)

Festival fans hoping to hear a parade of Bruce Springsteen's greatest hits were left disappointed

The crowd tried booing, chanting and raucous applause but Bruce Springsteen resolutely refused to play Born in the USA to a pleading Glastonbury audience last night.

The 59-year-old American served up a lively performance, putting paid to critics who predicted he would turn the Saturday night headlining slot into a “dad rock” event, but fans hoping for a nostalgic show were left disappointed.

The first of the music veteran's smash hits, Born to Run, didn’t come until two hours into his set, and it was close to three hours before he brought out Glory Days and Dancing in the Dark, which closed the show.

By that time, festivalgoers looking for a sing-a-long had long abandoned the Pyramid Stage.

Danielle Folley, 30, of Gloucester, who gave up at midnight, after two hours in the thronging crowd, said: “He was really alive and really energetic but he didn’t play Born in The USA and everyone was quite gutted about it. I don’t know why he chose to do that.

“We were hoping to hear all the hits that we grew up with and we wanted to reminisce, so it was a shame.”

(Excerpt) Read more at entertainment.timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: springsteen

1 posted on 06/28/2009 7:19:51 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Good! It’s an anti-America song anyways. I hate it.


2 posted on 06/28/2009 7:20:37 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Steelfish

I thought of a better headline: Springsteen aborts Born In The USA.


3 posted on 06/28/2009 7:21:54 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Steelfish

Born to Run is the better song anyway.


4 posted on 06/28/2009 7:23:08 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Mr. Blonde

Hey Bruce, go kiss some yellow man and then come back and tell everyone how cooly you are, you jersey maggot.


5 posted on 06/28/2009 7:25:23 PM PDT by shadeaud ("If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin)
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To: Steelfish

He was honoring Obambi by not singing “Born in the USA”.


6 posted on 06/28/2009 7:33:40 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: Texas Eagle
Booooooooorn in the USA
Booooooooorn in the USA
Booooooooorn in the USA

Repeat 6 zillion times, while looking constipated.

That's entertainment!

7 posted on 06/28/2009 7:38:26 PM PDT by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: Steelfish

Maybe, Just Maybe he recognizes a need to rework the old hit.... obviously he is not proud of his efforts.


8 posted on 06/28/2009 7:39:13 PM PDT by himno hero
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To: Steelfish

9 posted on 06/28/2009 7:49:01 PM PDT by BufordP ("I've abandoned free market principles to save the free market ..." --Jorge "the Oxy Moron" Bush)
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To: RepublitarianRoger2

Then give a huge wet sloppy kiss to the saxophone player every night.

I personally cannot stand this man.


10 posted on 06/28/2009 8:02:56 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: shadeaud

OK, so sometimes I can be pop-culture illiterate. Was that line a lyric to a song?


11 posted on 06/28/2009 8:08:15 PM PDT by constitutiongirl ("Duty is ours. Consequences are God's."- General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson)
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To: Texas Eagle

I like to think of it as an anti-Democrat song, without Bruce even realizing it.

Let us never forget, and let’s not anyone else forget, that it was Democrat Presidents (Kennedy/Johnson), plus a significantly Democrat-controlled Congress (both Houses) that got us involved in that war, and when we did, refused to fight it in a way that we could win it.

As a result, 58,000 of our troops died fighting a war of attrition in vain. And the Democrats are 100% responsible for that. No ifs, ands, or buts. No wiggle room whatsoever. Period. 58,000 troops dead, thank you Democrats.


12 posted on 06/28/2009 8:18:39 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Ps 122:6)
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To: Texas Eagle

> Good! It’s an anti-America song anyways. I hate it.<

Exactly. The anti-US limeys wanted a sing along and they didnt get it. Maybe “Born in East L.A.” would be more sufficient for the tools in the crowd..


13 posted on 06/28/2009 8:19:34 PM PDT by max americana
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To: constitutiongirl
BORN IN THE USA

Born down in a dead man's town

The first kick I took was when I hit the ground

You end up like a dog that's been beat too much

'Til you spend half your life just covering up

[chorus:] Born in the U.S.A. Born in the U.S.A. Born in the U.S.A. Born in the U.S.A.

I got in a little hometown jam

And so they put a rifle in my hands

Sent me off to Vietnam

To go and kill the yellow man

[chorus]

Come back home to the refinery

Hiring man says "Son if it was up to me"

I go down to see the V.A. man

He said "Son don't you understand"

[chorus]

I had a buddy at Khe Sahn

Fighting off the Viet Cong

They're still there, he's all gone

He had a little girl in Saigon

I got a picture of him in her arms

Down in the shadow of the penitentiary

Out by the gas fires of the refinery

I'm ten years down the road

Nowhere to run, ain't got nowhere to go

I'm a long gone Daddy in the U.S.A.

Born in the U.S.A.

I'm a cool rocking Daddy in the U.S.A.

Born in the U.S.A.

14 posted on 06/28/2009 8:26:09 PM PDT by TaxPayer2000 (The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government,)
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To: Eccl 10:2
As a result, 58,000 of our troops died fighting a war of attrition in vain. And the Democrats are 100% responsible for that.

I was just a wee lad when the Vietnam war was going on but it seems to me Richard Nixon basically hung the South Vietnamese out to dry.

I could be wrong about that.

15 posted on 06/28/2009 8:26:11 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Steelfish
I don’t know why he chose to do that.

Newsflash: Bruce Springsteen is an A--hole. Always has been. But don't despair, you may someday get to see his snot rag up close at the RocknRoll Hall of Fame.

16 posted on 06/28/2009 8:33:29 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Texas Eagle

No, the Democrat controlled Congress hung our ally, the Republic of Vietnam out to dry, cutting off all military aid in the face of a North Vietnamese multi-divisional combined arms offensive,refusing to honor the treaty commitments made by the United States in the Paris Peace Accords.


17 posted on 06/28/2009 8:33:36 PM PDT by skepsel
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To: Texas Eagle

No, the Democrat controlled Congress hung our ally, the Republic of Vietnam out to dry, cutting off all military aid in the face of a North Vietnamese multi-divisional combined arms offensive,refusing to honor the treaty commitments made by the United States in the Paris Peace Accords.


18 posted on 06/28/2009 8:33:54 PM PDT by skepsel
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To: skepsel

Oops, musta mashed the post button extra hard that time, sorry.


19 posted on 06/28/2009 8:34:46 PM PDT by skepsel
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To: Texas Eagle

“I was just a wee lad when the Vietnam war was going on but it seems to me Richard Nixon basically hung the South Vietnamese out to dry.”

That is what the popular media would have you believe. Nixon inherited a God-awful mess in VietNam. The Dems got us involved in that war, they escalated it, and then they didn’t have the guts to play to win.

The popular media would also have you believe that the Nazis were right wing (they were decidedly left-wing), and that racism is a solely a Republican characteristic (when most of the Southern racist politicians were Democrats).


20 posted on 06/28/2009 8:36:30 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Ps 122:6)
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To: Texas Eagle
it seems to me Richard Nixon basically hung the South Vietnamese out to dry.

Nope. You're wrong about that. The 'rat Congress hung them out to dry during the Ford administration, long after Nixon had retired to San Clemente.

21 posted on 06/28/2009 8:37:44 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Steelfish

The Manfred Man version of Springsteen songs are great;

Manfred Mann - Blinded by the Light

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcWVL4B-4pI

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band - Spirits in the night (Live 1976)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7wk7n0i1EM

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band - For you (Live in Budapest 1983)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPjYRdjIV1w

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Barak’s Global Warming Band is working on a convincing version of ‘Born in the USA’
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22 posted on 06/28/2009 8:41:41 PM PDT by Son House (President Øbama Turns His Back On The Oppressed During Their Darkest Hours)
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To: Texas Eagle
I was a little older and remember pretty well. The Dems started it, Nixon tried to win it, The Dems wanted to lose it rather than allow Nixon to win it, Ford took over and told the Vietnamese, “We ain't comin”. So if you get right down to it Ford left the Vietnamese out in the cold, but he already knew that to send Saigon help in ‘73, he would be skint alive. It was over, politically anyway back under Nixon. Nixon made a valiant stab at it, but got Kent State for his trouble.
23 posted on 06/28/2009 8:44:09 PM PDT by chuckles
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To: hinckley buzzard; Eccl 10:2; skepsel
Nixon won in a landslide in 1972. Obviously the media and rabble-rousers were doing their best to hang the war on Nixon but the "Silent Majority" was behind the war effort 100%.

Well, maybe 90%.

24 posted on 06/28/2009 8:46:24 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Eccl 10:2

> The popular media would also have you believe that the Nazis were right wing (they were decidedly left-wing), and that racism is a solely a Republican characteristic (when most of the Southern racist politicians were Democrats).<

I can attest to that. Most (95%)of the cars with the Obama stickers on them here in L.A./Hollywood alone are white, rich folks.


25 posted on 06/28/2009 8:47:57 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Steelfish

Bruce Springsteen is a prat. Should have invited Ted Nugent.


26 posted on 06/28/2009 8:51:47 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Texas Eagle

Nixon ran on the platform of “Vietnamization” of the war, arming the South Vietnamese and pulling our troops out. Sort of the same thing that we’re now doing in Iraq, arming the Iraqi army, and pulling out of the cities.


27 posted on 06/28/2009 8:54:48 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: PGR88

Exactly. Who needs Bruce when you have the real man in Ted Nugent. Besides, Ted would kick Bruce’s arse any day, any time.


28 posted on 06/28/2009 8:55:37 PM PDT by cranked
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To: chuckles
It was over, politically anyway back under Nixon. Nixon made a valiant stab at it, but got Kent State for his trouble.

I know the media was in the tank for the Viet Cong but I remember my dad was in Vietnam when the whole Kent State thing went down so I'm pretty sure that was before Nixon got re-elected in a landslide.

Perhaps I'm being a little hard on Nixon. My dad never talked much about his Vietnam or Korea or WWII days but I do remember him being highly upset at Nixon for cutting and running.

Thankfully my dad's still alive. Maybe I can get him to talk more about it.

29 posted on 06/28/2009 8:56:30 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Son House

Springsteen songs have never really done much for me — just usually don’t like the melodies he puts together — but for my money, the best Bruce cover is “Never Goin’ Back” by The Beat Farmers.

Semi-low-quality sound on this video, but here it is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3m-fC86Iyk

These guys were always just SMOKIN’ in concert. Good times back in the ‘80s.


30 posted on 06/28/2009 8:59:46 PM PDT by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: RepublitarianRoger2; Son House

Oops, now I feel stupid. (Gettin’ late, my brain’s shot, need to go to bed...)

That’s a great Beat Farmers song, but it’s the wrong one. Actually “Reason To Believe” is their Springsteen cover.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF9H7Cn6Kco


31 posted on 06/28/2009 9:03:18 PM PDT by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: Steelfish

He refused to sing that piece of crap? The audience should consider itself lucky.


32 posted on 06/28/2009 9:10:30 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: RepublitarianRoger2

Both are great, never listened to the Beat Farmers before, cool guitars too


33 posted on 06/28/2009 9:15:29 PM PDT by Son House (President Øbama Turns His Back On The Oppressed During Their Darkest Hours)
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To: Texas Eagle
Actually, Nixon was fairly popular until Watergate with the middle of the country. The left hated him as much as they do Bush today.

My problem with Nixon was wage and price controls and a few other lefty ideas he tried at the time. If I remember correctly the EPA was his deal. His problem with the war was he knew we were losing because we wouldn't fight, but when he tried to fight, the "Kerry's" and "Fonda" types would take over a school or something. I think if he had had a stronger political hand we would have continued bombing N Viet Nam until they gave up, but the political class blocked everything he tried to do.

The fairest documentary I've ever seen about that period is called "Viet Nam, the Thousand Day War". It pretty much tells the good bad and ugly the way I remember it. At one point, a Viet Cong General or some big shot said they would have given up but Jane Fonda and her cohort's would win the war for them eventually, so they kept holding on. The bombing of Hanoi was brutal for them and it was unpopular even behind the commie lines. Their death rate was about 10-20 of them for 1 of us. The writing was on the wall and they knew it. We CHOSE to lose. The military never lost a battle that I know of. We had many tough battles, but it was always worse for Charlie.

34 posted on 06/28/2009 9:20:17 PM PDT by chuckles
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To: Texas Eagle

Nixon invaded Cambodia (with somewhat dubious results) but he also bombed the North in Operation Linebacker and mined Haiphong harbor, both of which had a real impact on the North and brought them back to the bargaining table in Paris.


35 posted on 06/28/2009 9:20:57 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: Texas Eagle

Nixon had no choice but to start to disengage, since the previous administration had already exhausted the patience of the American people. Remember the war had been going on for almost 8 years by the time Nixon came into office.


36 posted on 06/28/2009 9:35:14 PM PDT by attiladhun2 (Obama is the anti-Reagan, he believes government is the solution, rather than the problem)
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To: Trailerpark Badass
Yeah, his “thinking out of the box” was what showed his willingness to win. We knew the Cong was using Laos and Cambodia for supplies and maneuvering, but he was willing to do what it took to win. The weenie Dems would scream like a girl and go into the fetal position everytime we would do something to try and beat the commies. I was raised as a Dem, but my first vote ever was for Nixon. I could see The Dems were anti American and pro commie. I have NEVER voted for a Dem in my entire 58 years. My disgust comes from watching Humphrey, McGovern, Kerry, Kennedy, Fonda, and about a hundred others while I was growing up. Their disdain for America drooled out of their pie holes everytime they opened it up.

You should try this out sometime, Tell someone you would STILL vote for Nixon rather than that commie lovin McGovern even today. Watch their faces. They may stop breathing. Just like now, I would still vote for Bush rather than Kerry or AlGore even after the prescription mess and the amnesty plan. I could probably find another dozen things I don't like about Bush, but he's head and shoulders above the others and sure enough what we have now.

37 posted on 06/28/2009 9:39:43 PM PDT by chuckles
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To: attiladhun2
Nixon had no choice but to start to disengage, since the previous administration had already exhausted the patience of the American people.

This is the part I'm not getting. And, again, it's probably my dad talking but Nixon won in a landslide even in the midst of all the protests and demonstrations and nightly newscasts. We were on the verge of winning.

Yes, DemocRATS were throwing obstacles in Nixon's path but he had the American people on his side.

38 posted on 06/28/2009 9:40:28 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Texas Eagle
......"Nixon had no choice but to start to disengage".....

I guess you had to be there, but by the time Nixon was elected, Johnson had already messed up so bad, Johnson didn't even want a second term. Nixon really believed he could win with honor. If a baby died or a mother caught on fire, a whole bombing campaign came to a halt. If Nixon made headway in Nam, some American city or school campus went up in smoke. The acid head hippy surfer dope smokers had already gone nuts and wanted America to fail. I guess the last straw was when Walter Cronkite went commie. When HE decided the war was lost, he had bad news every night at 6pm on CBS. It was a mess to watch America fall apart. Those same people now run business, government, and media.

39 posted on 06/29/2009 12:22:05 AM PDT by chuckles
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To: Steelfish

As I recxall, Bruce got REALLU UPSET that Reagan co-opted the song during his election campaign, playing it at most of his campaign stops. People heard the chorus over and over, which gave people a different idea about it.

Bruce never got ove that, IMHO.


40 posted on 06/29/2009 5:57:52 AM PDT by TheRobb7 (If you are really conservative, you join the war – where it counts.)
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To: chuckles

I believe it was legislation known as the Church amendment in 1973 which effectively tied President Ford’s hands and stopped his ability to send any military aid to South Vietnam as they were being overrun by the North. I believe I remember president Ford saying “our long national nightmare is over”.
I alternated between visceral anger and great sadness when this happened.
It was indeed a low point in our history.


41 posted on 06/29/2009 8:00:59 AM PDT by oldm60grunt
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To: RepublitarianRoger2

” Repeat 6 zillion times, while looking constipated.
That’s entertainment! “

That’s my impression of Springsteen as well. AC/DC perfected the repeating lyric.


42 posted on 06/29/2009 5:22:47 PM PDT by Poser (Typed on my Woot-off $169 Asus Web Book (Linux of course))
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To: Poser
She's Got The Jack


43 posted on 06/29/2009 5:34:21 PM PDT by Poser (Typed on my Woot-off $169 Asus Web Book (Linux of course))
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To: chuckles
Those same people now run business, government, and media.

As for business, I venture to say that entrepreneurs are not necessarily inclined to adopt the party line of these elites. But, as a rule, you make a good point.

44 posted on 06/29/2009 5:35:58 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: All

He started his sold out tour beginning of April, plaid tens of shows since this date...and did not sing Born In The USA once?
During his life he wrote hundreds of songs, during one show he can sing 25 of them...I don’t really see what’s the problem here.


45 posted on 07/07/2009 4:16:45 AM PDT by darkness78 (y)
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To: Steelfish

The comments at the end of the article you posted said it all:
Here are some examples:

“I have seen bruce many times before in my 26 years and this was one of the best performances i have ever witnessed.”

“springsteen was the greatest thing in the world on that stage, the ones that never watched him must have serious taste issues”

“the people who didnt like the boss seemed to have made their minds up before they even went to see him”

“was in the front of this gig, best gig of my life.”

“Anyone that knows anything about Bruce Springsteen would know that Born in the USA rarely makes an appearance these days”

“If you go to a Springsteen show expecting to hear a certain song you probably will be disappointed. Me, I’d rather hear Kitty’s Back or Rosalita than BITUSA”


46 posted on 07/07/2009 4:26:04 AM PDT by darkness78 (y)
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