“born in the usa, my ass”
bruce and bono at the 2005 rock and roll hall of fame
“‘One of the best and most endearingly naked messianic complexes in rock ‘n’ roll,’ Springsteen said. ‘It takes one to know one.’
Retorted Bono: ‘Born in the USA, my ass. That man was born on the north side of Dublin.'”
I am torn, still. I think the R&RHOF is absolutely meaningless and pointless; I think the glaring omissions from it are reprehensible; I hate the corporatization of everything, the fact that it’s now about soundbytes and what can fit into a VH-1 special. Don’t be spontaneous, heaven forbid, we’ll edit your speech or your song.
On the other hand, I’m only human, and both the glitter and the emotion of an occasion like this speak to me strongly. The first thing I did when I woke up this morning was comb the internet for photos of Bruce and Bono (and to a lesser extent, Neil and Chrissie). These kind of sights are once-in-a-lifetime and amazing to see (although that soul patch has reached new lows, Bruce), and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I would have killed or died to be there.
I used to vow that I would attend the induction ceremonies the year R.E.M. was inducted. That still appears to be right on schedule.
UPDATE:: Backstreets has a transcription of Springsteen’s induction speech for U2. It’s the highest of high comedy.
Photo taken from the CBS News R&RHOF story
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