Because of the most recent public debates, Bruce Springsteen says he is changing up his second run of “Springsteen on Broadway.”
In a new interview, the Boss talked about all the changes since his first New York residency, including the Black Lives Matter protests, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and his own protesters.
Springsteen explained, “There’s been too much history since I’ve done it last. The past two years have been…what can you say? It just happened very naturally. It’s organic, the minute I started rehearsing the show again, things start to change. The Black Lives Matter protests were really encouraging and to see all those young kids out in the street was very inspiring. So [‘American Skin’] was a song I wrote a long time ago, but it just remains relevant and I found a really nice arrangement for just myself and the guitar.”
Springsteen’s shows also have a vaccination requirement, which caused protests. But the rocker empathizes, saying, “Hundreds of thousands of people died. It can be hard to know what to do. Obviously, I’m in favor of everybody being vaccinated, and that’s why the show is the way that it is. Plus, I’m responsible for the safety of my audience. But it’s hard, confusing times, so I actually have some feelings for the folks who were outside.”