An east coast concert promoter is trying to set up what could be the ultimate battle of the bands. On one side of the Hudson would be Bush and the Republicans ringing in the final night of their Convention. On the other side, at Giants Stadium, would be Bruce Springsteen and a host of rock and rollers.
So far, Bruce hasn’t said whether he’s in or not, but you can visit a site at draftbruce.com if you want to encourage him to do so. I have a feeling that he’ll pass. (upate: I was right.)
The whole episode does remind one of 1984 when both candidates (yes, including Reagan) asked to use the Boss’ megahit Born in the USA as their campaign diddy. Apparently neither campaign noticed the lyrics of the song that describe a nation that failed to welcome home Vietnam vets.
You don’t have to go all the far into the song to realize that it’s not exactly Fleetwood Mac’s Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.
For example, the first verse of the song is:
Born down in a dead man’s town
The first kick I took is when I hit the ground
End up like a dog that’s been beat too much
Until you spend half your life just covering up.
Doesn’t really get those Morning in America vibes going, does it? I always thought that Bruce should have just let Reagan’s team use the song. It would have been nice, tidy embarrassment at every campaign stop and maybe Mondale could’ve won Jersey.