Vor 16 Jahren: Bruce Springsteen Aufnahme in die „Rock and Roll Hall of Fame“

Heute vor 16 Jahren wurde Bruce Springsteen in die „Rock and Roll Hall of Fame“ aufgenommen.

Die „Rock and Roll Hall of Fame“ befindet sich in Cleveland, OH und nimmt jedes Jahr einflussreiche Musiker auf, die sich um den Rock’n Roll verdient gemacht haben.

Seit 1986 kommt jedes Jahr ein Komitee von Musikhistorikern zusammen, um über die Aufnahme von Künstlern zu beraten. Bisher kam diese Ehre unter anderem Chuck Berry, James Brown, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, Tina Turner, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Van Morrison, The Band, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Eagles, Santana, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Queen, Aerosmith, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Ramones, AC/DC, Talking Heads, The Police, Prince, Bob Seger, U2, REM, Patti Smith, Madonna, Leonard Cohen, John Mellencamp, ABBA, Genesis, The Hollies, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love, Tom Waits, Guns N‘ Roses, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel und Lou Reed zuteil.

Am 15. März 1999 durfte U2 Frontman Bono die Einführungsrede für Bruce Springsteen halten:

„Rock stars are supposed to make soap operas of their lives, aren’t they? If they don’t kill themselves first. Well, you can’t be a big legend and not be dysfunctional. It’s not allowed.
„Then there’s Bruce Springsteen. Handsome mother with those brooding brown eyes, eyes that could see through America. And a catastrophe of great songs, if you were another songwriter. Bruce has played every bar in the U.S.A., and every stadium. Credibility — you couldn’t have more, unless you were dead. But Bruce Springsteen, you always knew, was not gonna die stupid. He didn’t buy the mythology that screwed so many people. Instead he created an alternative mythology, one where ordinary lives became extraordinary and heroic. Bruce Springsteen, you were familiar to us. But it’s not an easy familiarity, is it? Even his band seems to stand taller when he walks in the room. It’s complex. He’s America’s writer, and critic. It’s like in ‚Badlands,‘ he’s Martin Sheen and Terrence Malick. To be so accessible and so private … But then again, he is an Irish-Italian, with a Jewish-sounding name. What more do you want? Add one big African sax player, and no one in this room is gonna fuck with you!
„We call him the Boss. Well that’s a bunch of crap. He’s not the boss. He works for us.
More than a boss, he’s the owner, because more than anyone else, Bruce Springsteen owns America’s heart.“ 

2014 wurden allen Mitgliedern der E Street Band der „Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award for Musical Excellence“ verliehen (wir berichteten hier).

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