11 Reasons Why No One Bosses It Like Bruce Springsteen

I’ve always been a Bruce Springsteen fan, but when I watched the new documentary film Springsteen & I, I realised just why he is and always will be The Boss.

1. THE BOSS WROTE THE BEST SONG ABOUT DANCING THAT’S NOT ACTUALLY ABOUT DANCING

I was 14 when I found out the true meaning of Dancing In The Dark. Me and my dad were driving back from a basketball game and we had Born In The USA on. DITD was my favourite song - especially Clarence’s sax solo - but then my innocent world was shattered when my dad explained whose ‘gun’ was actually ‘for hire’. Definitely made our car sing-a-longs a little more awkward but still one of the greatest songs of all time.

And it gave Courtney Cox her best role to date.

2. THE BOSS DOESN’T DO REPEATS

Each Springsteen concert has a different musical fingerprint because he never does the same set list. And you know when you just want to hear every song from your favourite album? Yeah, he does that too.

At Hard Rock Calling this year he did the entire Born In The USA album track to track; at Wembley, Darkness On The Edge Of Town and in Coventry, as a tribute to James Gandolfini, he performed Born To Run.

What a dude.

3. THE BOSS TAKES REQUESTS

Bruce has recorded over 250 tracks and he and the E Street will perform any one of them upon request at his gigs*. That’s serious concert tekkers.

*That’s if you’re one of the lucky few to get picked by the anointed one.

4. THE BOSS HAS THE BEST FANS

On July 22nd, Springsteen & I will be released in cinemas, a documentary completely made up of fan made videos and unseen footage of The Boss. If you are a fan of Bruce you have to see this movie. If you aren’t a fan of Bruce then you have to see this movie to realise why you should be.

5. AND WE PROTECT HIS NAME FEARLESSLY

6. THE BOSS’S SETS LAST AS LONG AS A FLIGHT FROM LONDON TO ISTANBUL

Bruce gives you more bang for your buck than any other live act, with some of his sets lasting over 3 hours 45 mins. So remember *BYOPL to your next Springsteen gig… you might need the energy.

*Bring Your Own Packed Lunch

7. THE BOSS ONLY STOPS WHEN HE’S READY… OR WHEN THE POWER’S CUT OFF

Last year at Hard Rock Calling - considered by guitarist Steven Van Zandt as one of ‘the greatest gigs ever’ (I concur Steve) - The Boss as always played well over time and invited Paul McCartney onstage for a jam and encore. But the bureaucrats of Westminster City Council cut the sound by turning the power off. I guess that’s where Knife Party got their inspiration from.

8. THE BOSS KNOWS IT TAKES A RED HEADED WOMAN TO GET A JOB DONE

A Jersey girl just like Bruce, Patti Scialfa has been with the E Street Band since 1984, and after The Boss separated from his first wife in 1987, he’s only had eyes for Patti. And who wouldn’t want a love song written about you… and the art of cunnilingus?

9. THE BOSS KEEPS IT IN THE FAMILY

When Clarence Clemons, the saxophone soloist superior, sadly passed in 2011, the E Street Band lost one of its greatest members. But in his place Brucey brought in none other than the big C’s nephew Jake to fill his spot.

10. AND THE BOSS BRINGS FAMILY TOGETHER

My love for Bruce comes from dad, who, ever since coming into my life just before my first birthday, has made sure Springsteen’s back catalogue has become the soundrack to my last 24 and a bit years on Earth.

Yeah, and he does look like he’s checking out his own butt. See next point as to why.

11. THE BOSS HAS A GREAT ARSE THAT LOOKS EVEN BETTER ON MY CHEST

Has Annie Leibovitz ever taken a photo better than her shot of Springsteen’s backside against the backdrop of an American flag? No she hasn’t.

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