Photo by Ben Kaye
In addition to broken records, sign requests are a popular part of a Bruce Springsteen concert. Audience members write out the song of their dreams on a poster and the Boss goes down and grabs a few to play. At his recent stop in Pittsburgh, however, one fan took a different approach. The concertgoer made his request on a copy of the United Sates Constitution, but it wasn’t just any pocket version.
“Somebody gave me a copy of the Constitution. Well, it does say ‘Fuck Trump’ on the front of it,” Springsteen said to uproarious applause. “And this was his request.”
Appropriately, the request was for “Long Walk Home”, a song about a changing country in dark political times off 2007’s Magic. Even though he admitted he hadn’t played to song in some time, the Boss was game. Check out video of the request and performance via a fan’s Periscope below (h/t Billboard).
In other Bruce news, the rocker has announced book tour dates surrounding the release of his memoir, Born to Run. The book is out September 27th, the same day Springsteen will appear at the Barnes & Noble in Freehold, New Jersey. There are eight other stops from then until October 10th, with entry to all the events coming with a pre-signed copy of the autobiography. The dates are listed below, and more info on how to gain entrance to the individual events can be found at Springsteen’s website.
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run Book Tour 2016 Dates:
09/27 – Freehold, NJ @ Barnes & Noble
09/28 – New York, NY @ Barnes & Noble
09/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Free Library of Philadelphia
10/01 – Seattle, WA @ Elliott Bay Book Company
10/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Barnes & Noble at The Grove
10/04 – Portland, OR @ Powell’s City of Books
10/05 – San Francisco, CA @ City Arts & Lectures
10/07 – New York, NY @ The New Yorker Festival
10/10 – Cambridge, MA @ The Harvard Coop
Update: Looks like The Boss isn’t done breaking records on The River Tour just yet. He’s just revealed a round of Australian and New Zealand tour dates for early 2017. What’s more, some of those dates will feature the reunion of Jet. Find Bruce’s complete itinerary with the E Street Band below.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The River Tour 2016-2017 Dates:
09/14 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium
01/25 – Perth, AU @ Perth Arena
01/30 – Adelaide, AU @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
02/02 – Melbourne, AU @ AAMI Park *
02/07 – Sydney, AU @ Qudos Bank Arena
02/11 – Mount Macedon, AU @ Hanging Rock #
02/14 – Brisbane, AU @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
02/18 – Hunter Valley, AU @ Hope Estate #
02/21 – Christchurch, NZ @ AMI Stadium ^
02/25 – Auckland, NZ @ MT Smart Stadium ^
* = w/ Jet
# = w/ Jet and Diesel
^ = w/ Jet and Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders