++Each week Daniel Anderson, guitarist for electronica/rock duo Idiot Pilot, will be checking in with Guitar World to offer his thoughts on a range of guitar-related topics. This week: The Boss!++
Being on tour gives you a chance to see and do a lot of things that you would not normally be able to do. You constantly find yourself wandering in a state, country or even a continent that you would have otherwise never gotten a chance to encounter, but even more specifically, venues across the world that have been made legendary by one artist or another. One such place is Asbury Park, New Jersey, and that one such legendary artist is, of course, Bruce Springsteen. We played in Asbury Park a few nights ago and I have to say it was an honor to be performing in the house of The Boss, so much so that I have decided to dedicate this blog to, none other than, Bruce Springsteen.
I'll just come right out and say it, Bruce Springsteen has absolutely got to be one of the coolest dudes on the planet. You could describe him as a lot of things; a simple folk singer from New Jersey, the mouthpiece of blue collar America, or even as Max Weinberg’s other boss besides Conan O'Brien.
With all of these titles, it's safe to say that Bruce has accomplished a lot, not just because of his amazing talent as a songwriter, but also because he has been around for a really fucking long time. Born in 1949, Bruce decided to take up music after watching Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show when he was just seven years old. He started playing gigs around New Jersey when he was in his early twenties and was eventually picked up by Columbia Records in 1972. Apparently, back in those days, people liked to talk about how much he sounded like Bob Dylan.
Anyway, fast forward to 1984 and The Boss is putting out Born in the USA, which had literally seven top-ten hits, more than half of the album (it's 12 tracks deep). Keep in mind that this is probably one of the most gratuitous fast forwards ever because during the time between Bruce also released Born to Run, which totally rips, as well as the folk milestone, Nebraska. But like I said, Bruce Springsteen's career is pretty long, so let's fast forward again to October 2, 2007.
As of very recently, The Boss is coming out with a new record, called Magic. Now, as far as favorite Bruce Springsteen albums go, I am pretty partial to 1992’s Human Touch, mostly due to the fact that it contains both the tracks "Real Man" and "Man's Job," but I have to say Magic could be a possible contender for that position. The track "Your Own Worst Enemy" sounds like classic old school Springsteen, filled up nicely with strings, a tambourine, horns, bells and more courtesy of the E Street Band. It is an amazing record and I suggest that everyone go and pick up a copy.
It is an real honor to spend time in these places that have cultivated such successful and talented artists. It only makes the songs that much richer.