Ever since the Hurricane Sandy dominated the entire upper east coast, so too has it’s presence dominated the focuses of the various mainstream media outlets, and now the world of music as well. New Jersey native and self appointed spokesman Bruce Springsteen shone his musical spotlight on his beloved New Jersey last night during his concert at State College in Pennsylvania last night. The man known to many as “The Boss dedicated what was described as a heart wrenching performance of his 2002 stand out, “My City of Ruins”to Asbury Park, New Jersey.
During his emotionally driven tribute, Springsteen also went on to praise New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and give thanks to police and firefighters for their diligent response to the hurricane related devastation. The associated press has reported that this was done by Springsteen signaling for quiet in the middle of the song so that he could discuss the unbreakable bond that he and his E Street Band have with the Garden State.
“There’s just been terrible disruption all along the coast we grew up on,” Springsteen said. He then went on to make several references to the storm in the midst of playing, “Wrecking Ball”. The first time was after singing the line “Now my home is on the Jersey shore,” and, again when he held up a sign handed to him from the crowd. The sign read, “Never forget, 4th of July, Asbury Park.” “There you go,” Springsteen said. “We can’t let a hurricane get rid of that one.”
“My CIty Of Ruin”
Live On The 9/11 Benefit Telethon (2001)