WATCH: Bruce Springsteen Delivers Touching 9/11 Tribute That Will Have You in Tears

by Samantha Whidden

During the 20th anniversary ceremony of the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City, music legend Bruce Springsteen took to the stage to perform his single I’ll See You in My Dreams. 

I’ll See You In My Dreams was released in March 2021. It was dedicated to Michael Gudinski, an Australian record executive and promoter. The song is the closing track of Bruce Springsteen’s 2020 album, Letter to You.  The song begins with, “The road is long and seeming without end. The days go on, I remember you, my friend. And though you’re gone. And my heart’s been emptied it seems. I’ll see you in my dreams. 

Prior to the performance, Bruce Springsteen gave a special speech about those who lost their lives in the infamous terrorist attack. “May God bless our fallen brothers and sisters, their families, their friends, and their loved ones.”

Following Bruce Springsteen’s performance, there was a moment of silence at 9:03 a.m. which was dedicated to the moment when United Airlines Flight 175 crashed in the World Trade Center’s South Tower. 

Bruce Springsteen’s History With the September 11th Attacks 

Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band released their album The Rising. According to Variety, Springsteen told Nightline that the attacks inspired the album.

“One of the most powerful images of the 11th, that I’d read in the paper, some of the people coming down were talking about emergency workers who were ascending,” Bruce Springsteen stated at the time. “The idea of those guys going up the stairs, up the stairs, ascending, ascending. I mean you could be ascending up a smoky staircase. You could be in the afterlife, moving on.”

Bruce Springsteen also stated at the songs are good for whenever needs them. The Rising has notably been used politically. With President Obama using it as his official campaign song after Springsteen endorsed him in 2008. The song was also featured at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. 

Springsteen Mourns the Death of Friend Dell Furano 

Earlier this week, Bruce Springsteen took to his Twitter to share a statement from Jon Landau about the passing of their friend, Dell Furano. 

“Bruce and I had known Dell since 1977 when he first talked Bruce (hilariously) into actually having merchandise on tour,” Landau stated. He also said Dell because a friend and remained so until his passing at the age of 71.

“I think of all the times we would have lunch in New York. Dell had that great dry sense of humor and was great a storyteller. It never mattered whether I said yes or no because it was always the relationship that mattered,” Landau goes on to add.