Bruce Springsteen has long been a fierce opponent of Donald Trump both during the general election as well as his two years serving as President. During a chat with London's Sunday Times, “The Boss” admitted that as of now, and due to how Trump has shifted the political playing field, he doesn't see anyone on the political spectrum that would be able to beat Trump in an election, explaining, “I don’t see anyone out there at the moment. . . the man who can beat Trump, or the woman who can beat Trump. You need someone who can speak some of the same language (as Trump). . . and the Democrats don’t have an obvious, effective presidential candidate.”
Springsteen said that he had hoped that the, so called, “blue wave” of the 2018 mid-term election would've had more far-reaching consequences: “Yeah, it was nice to get the House back, but I’d like to have seen a much more full-throated (rejection) of the past two years. The country is very divided right now — there are a lot of people drinking the snake oil. So it’s a very difficult time here in the States.”
Springsteen, who grew up in the Central New Jersey working class stronghold of Freehold, New Jersey, knows all too well about the life the blue collar families lead — and because of that can shed light on how and why Trump found his supporters: “I think that there are a lot of reasons people became Trump voters. You had severe blows to working people in the 1970's and 1980's as all the steel mills shut down. Then you had an explosion of information technology. These are life-changing, upsetting occurrences. You can find yourself in a country that you may not feel part of, or you feel that your (concerns are) being dismissed. So (you’ve had) an enormous amount of insecurity and instability. Add to that, someone comes in and plays on your racial anxieties, and blames an enormous amount of this on the ‘other’ from the southern side of the border, and you’re going to have an audience for those views. I basically think that (the problem) is the incredibly rapid pace of change that’s occurred in the United States that’s gone unaddressed by both administrations, Democrat and Republican.”
Springsteen, who wraps his Springsteen On Broadway stand on December 15th, revealed he'll be heading back to his “day job” in the coming year with an E Street Band tour, that will include UK dates. A new studio album is also being prepped, marking his first new collection in five years: “For lack of a better word, it’s a singer-songwriter album — more of a solo record.”
Regarding his longevity on the road and whether he could see himself touring for another decade, Springsteen said, “Sure. Why not. . . Your Mick Jagger does very well. So does Paul McCartney, B.B. King and Chuck (Berry) played into their eighties. I sang with Pete Seeger when he was 90. . . I’m suited for the long haul. I’m interested in what I might accomplish over a lifetime of music making. I would like to have a 70-year-old Elvis (Presley) reinventing his talents and (seen) where Jimi Hendrix might’ve next taken the electric guitar.”
Bruce Springsteen has long felt that the job he does is one that's existed through the ages — long before arenas, albums, and MTV: “If you look at the role of storytellers in communities, y'know, going back to the beginning of time, y'know, they played a sort of. . . you played a very functional role in assisting the community in making sense of its experience, sense of the world around them, charting parts of their lives, getting through parts of their lives. I was interested in sort of the eternal role of storyteller-songwriter and how I was going to perform that function best.” at Manhattan's Walter Kerr Theatre.