Rock n’ roll rebels, listen up! Today, we’re talking about one of the most iconic musicians of our time: Bruce Springsteen. The Boss, as he’s affectionately known, has been belting out heartland rock for over four decades, and his music has touched the souls of millions around the world. From his soaring anthems to his poignant ballads, Springsteen has been a constant force in the music industry, but his path to fame hasn’t always been smooth sailing.
His breakthrough album ‘Born to Run’ catapulted Springsteen to stardom, and he quickly became known for his electrifying live shows and his ability to capture the hopes and dreams of working-class Americans through his music. But with fame came controversy, and Springsteen’s journey hasn’t always been without its bumps in the road. Over the years, he’s faced criticism for everything from his political views to his ticket prices. So, sit back, turn up the volume, and get ready to dive into the five controversies that have impacted Bruce Springsteen’s fame.
1. Change In Themes
Springsteen’s early albums were primarily focused on romantic and emotional issues, but his later records inclined towards more national and political problems. This change in themes was most evident in his album’ Darkness on the Edge of Town,’ which marked a turning point in his career. The songs on the album reflected Springsteen’s growing intellectual and political awareness, with lyrics that addressed working-class life and national issues. With the following albums, ‘The River,’ ‘Nebraska,’ and ‘Born in the U.S.A.,’ his political engagement started to become more visible.
2. Offending Republicans
In the early 2000s, Springsteen’s commitment to social and political issues led him to campaign for John Kerry in his bid for the presidency against George W. Bush. This move caused a backlash from his Republican fans, who felt that he should stick to his music and stay out of politics. Springsteen’s dabbling in politics and social issues over the years has turned off many fans who did not share his political beliefs.
Following the death of Clarence Clemons, the E Street Band’s saxophonist and founding member, Springsteen chose Jake Clemons (Clarence’s nephew) to replace him. Some criticized the decision, calling it nepotism. Despite the initial backlash, Jake proved to be an accomplished musician in his own right and filled the Big Man-sized hole left by his uncle. Besides him, the rocker’s wife, Patti Scialfa, sings backup vocals and bangs on a tambourine for him, leading some fans to call it nepotism again.
4. Ticketmaster Controversy And High Ticket Prices
Springsteen has always made it easier for his fans to attend his concerts, but he received backlash in recent months for increasing ticket prices, with some tickets selling for as much as $5,000. Springsteen defended the prices, saying that he charged a little less than what everyone else was doing. However, the move sparked outrage among fans, with some feeling disenchanted and calling for reform.
5. Some Of His Songs Are Creepy: ‘I’m on Fire’