BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Really?
The Boss is criticized for his song selection at Tuesday’s salute to the military show in D.C.
Bruce Springsteen has gotten a little flack for performing the Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Fortunate Son” at Tuesday’s Concert For Valor in honor of the military on The Mall in Washington, D.C. The song, which is synonymous with the ’60s counterculture and the Vietnam War, criticizes those who evaded the draft, particularly the kids of people in power. Springsteen’s decision to do the song raised some eyebrows because the audience was made up of mostly military personnel. Anti-war, perhaps. Anti-military, certainly not.
The same can be said about his decision to perform “Born in the U.S.A.” Tuesday and during last week’s Stand Up For Heroes benefit in New York, which also honors members of the military. But nothing was said about that decision, especially since the song deals with the negative effects of the Vietnam War on Americans and the mistreatment of the Vietnam vets upon their arrival back home.
Highlights of Springsteen’s Stand Up For Heroes performance have been posted on Backstreets.com, the Springsteen fanzine.