Skip to comments.Bruce Springsteen lashes out at financiers and bankers at Berlin concert
Posted on 05/31/2012 9:33:18 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch
The musician known as "The Boss" touched on a nerve of widespread discontent as he addressed the global economic crisis in front of 58,000 people at the German capital's Olympic Stadium.
Speaking in German, he said: "In America, a lot of people have lost their jobs. But also in Europe and in Berlin, times are tough. This song is for all those who are struggling."
The 62-year-old singer then introduced "Jack of All Trades," a withering attack on bankers that includes the lyrics: "The banker man grows fat, working man grows thin."
In "Death to My Hometown", he sang about the "greedy thieves and robber barons" who "destroyed our families, factories and they took our homes". Springsteen's populist songs have a strong blue collar following in America and his latest album "Wrecking Ball," released in March, is an angry indictment of Wall Street and those responsible for the financial crisis...
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Actually, he can’t sing, he screams/yells.
Sure...everyone at his concerts gets in for free, right? What a darn hypocrite! I never could understand why everyone loves “Born in American” when it’s an ANTI-AMERICAN song! I have never like Bruce Springsteen and I never will.
He should give all his money away, don’t you think????? He’s a complete ASS!
Faithful mouther of tired, old, fallacious socialist mantras. (Except Democrats had the largest hand in feeding failing banks on the taxpayer’s dime after first setting them up by regulation to fail. That might be something to complain about.) Other than that, why does he even have such a following? “The Boss” sounds ironic for one who hates management so.
And I betcha Mr. S. does not himself stow his cash in his mattress.
“And Mr. Springsteen, how exactly have you invested your hundreds of millions of dollars in assets?”
I love all these feel guilty for their success libtards.
A fellow FReeper posted this earlier.
“We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions” Adolf Hitler.
I have asked him/her for a source to verify the quote, but in the meantime the irony is amazing.
More puerile, simplistic and utterly ignorant political and economic commentary from mere musicians.
I guess I should ask my plumber about late Renaissance oil painting.......
Mr. Springsteen then boarded his private jet to return to his gated estate in Red Bank.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to take a peek at Springsteen’s financial portfolio and see where he has stashed his millions ?
New Special Interest Group: Multimillionaires against Investment Bankers.
I was never a fan of this M O R O N
IMHO Berlin is not the place to be denouncing “bankers” and “financiers.” Youknowwhutimean???
The first time I heard “Born to Run”, I thought it was a recording of someone throwing up, set to music.
Wonder how much the tickets were??? Can’t stand him.
I have never like Bruce Springsteen and I never will.
I’m with you. He’s never been boss of me!
I could fill pages of quotes and statements that are so incredibly relevant to Zero . . . if I didn't tell you who said them, you couldn't tell the difference.
It's quite scary.
Like they say in one of the lite beer ads: “HERE we go!”
I never DID GET all the adulation of Springsteen! MY read of him is that he’s a self-aggrandizing twerp! Don’t get me wrong....I’m a total fan of different strokes for different folks and all that....but I wouldn’t walk across the street to hear him, if admission was free. FWIW. I’ve waited a long time to day that. ;o)
If brains were lard, he wouldn’t grease a very big pan!
someone should shove that Telecaster up is a$$ - his facial expression should remain unchanged.
Hey Brucie baby, you really need to read up on the French Revolution. After they guillotined the king & aristocrats (bankers & financiers” ??), they came after anyone they were jealous of. “J’accuse” was very popular during The Reign of Terror, when a simple rumor was enough to lose ones’ head.
Et tu, Bruce? (or Michael Moore, Ted Turner, John Kerry et al.)
Same guy who got rich singing:
Poor man wanna be rich,
rich man wanna be king
I used to really like him in his early days. Sometime in the 90’s he started getting political. He was finished for me completely when he came out with 41 shots, the song about the New York cops who were charged with the shooting of Amadou Diallou, a tragic case where the guy fit the description of a violent felon and did not immediately respond to the police commands to show hands. They were acquitted, but Bruce joined the rabble screaming for the cops’ blood with that song.
Since those days, he’s been campaigning for Dem candidates and inserting political rants into his songs and concert speeches. On top of that, he really hasn’t written a decent song in years. Some of you who never liked him will crack wise, but his early stuff was good, hard pumping rock, poetic, gritty lyrics, soulful ballads and that awesome sax.
Probably not much of an accident for saying these thing in Berlin. Fascists, Socialists and Communists always need an unpopular minority to blame. They need somebody to send to work or re-education camps to prove they are working on a solution. Always have, always will. Springsteen is just auditioning for a role as the future Lord Haw-Haw.
The Boss’s career is a study in bombast.
I enjoyed the early stuff...and quit completely after the “41 Shots” crap. I don’t take political advice from a man with a 10th-grade education.
He should be glad and grateful to live in a country that allows him to be successful in spite of his lack of education. He could be actually working in a dead-end, manual job...like the ones he sings about.
I have *ALWAYS* hated Brucey Brainstrain’s “music”.
It is pompous, overstated, affectacious, and loud in all the wrong places, like everywhere.
Brucey always struck me as a pampered little boy who wanted to look tough.
Basically, he’s a creep.
As to his liberal hypocrisy, I suppose any true "working man" like him has to find some little corrugated tin shack in which to hole up and brave the elements...:
And add the horses he owns on his farm that pays very little property tax due to NJ law. His daughter is a top ranked equastrian. Everybody knows that steeplechase is the sport of the working class.
Bruce Springsteen is a filthy rich, spoiled, economic moron.
Sorry, but I already despise this POS to the very limits of the despisement quotient.
In high school I bought his album that had “Born to Run” on it. I played it many times. Never bought any of his other stuff.
As far as I’m concerned, I thank him for the enjoyment I had in my teens listening to that album, but now, he’s just an old man who never wised up.
according to ticketmaster, most of the tickets for his US tour are from $75.00 to $120.00
I wonder how he thinks his $100 million concert tours are financed?
If you’ve heard one Springsteen song, you’ve heard ‘em all.
He was passe twenty years ago.
The “New Dylan” who’s never grown up, as actually planned by the useful idiots’ who’ve promoted him. Utopia forever!
This rare clip is from one of CEO's earliest gigs in 1975, Kenya. 15 000 CEO's were flewn in from all around the world by the band, which is known not for selling tickets but for paying CEO's for attending the gigs. The ones that won't come, will be shot.
I always like “Tunnel of Love”. Other than that I always thought that he belonged on a “grossly over rated” list of rock stars.
He was on a John F’n Kerry fundraising tour with the Dixie Chicks in ‘04 shooting his mouth off about Bush and the “illegal war in Iraq”.
Same sh*t, differant day. This sonofabitch is never happy is he?
The man is a hypocrit...like ALL liberals.
And he can’t sing to save his life. Not sure why people pay to here someone scream and make a fool of himself.
Springsteen is working the federal subsidies system with his farm. Bon Jovi gets federal agricultural subsidies for having some honey bees, same with Sam Donaldson, who has a ranch in Arizona or New Mexico.
And they are on the side of the “little blue collar man” aren’t they?
Tell me how you really feel about this nitwit.
I have no tolerance for him.
LOL. That's true: among the blue collar beer-and-a-shot crowd, it's right up there in popularity with badminton and squash.
But Bruce's a Democrat, and all judgment is waived, of course. When Jackie Kennedy displayed her love of equestrian pursuits, the media batted their eyes and swooned in unison. When Ann Romney sits astride her horse (in order to help her overcome an oft-fatal disease, mind you), they sneer and snipe.
” Wouldnt it be interesting to take a peek at Springsteens financial portfolio and see where he has stashed his millions ? “
Several entities rank his net worth at or over 200 million.
IIRC, “The Boss” pays practically NO property taxes in his beloved New Jersey, home of some of the highest property taxes in the country.
He manages to claim he’s a farmer or bee keeper, or some such. And as such, pays much lower tax rates on his huge, sprawling properties.
Hey Bruce, who’s “growing fat?”
“This sonofabitch is never happy is he?”
Well, no, but it wasn’t always that way. There was a certain joy in his early music and concerts (not including the sad ballads “wreck on the highway” eg) that was just infectious, really upbeat. The humor was mostly self-deprecating and light, no heavy political commentary at all. It was kind of like we were all a bunch of teenagers out on Saturday night in someone’s old pick-up truck with great music blasting on the radio.