Bruce Springsteen has one of the most well-known artists in America for almost half a century. Today, he will perform at the Presidential Inauguration parade for President Joe Biden. He has sold out stadiums all over the world and even played the Super Bowl XLIII Halftime show. But what got him into music in the first place was the King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley.
When Bruce Springsteen was seven years old, he first saw Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show. This mind-blowing performance changed his life forever. After first seeing the king move, swing, and rock n roll, Springsteen recalls that he “couldn’t imagine anyone not wanting to be Elvis Presley.”
The first song Bruce Springsteen remembers hearing from Elvis Presley was “Hound Dog,” a song originally written for blues artist Big Mama Thorton. The way Elvis re-imagined the song “hit [Springsteen] “like a thunderbolt,” even at the young age of seven.
“I realized, suddenly, that there was more to life than what I’d been living,” Springsteen said. “I was then in pursuit of something and there’d been a vision laid out before me. You were dealing with the pure thrust, the pure energy of the music itself.”
Bruce Springsteen Plays for the Inauguration Ceremony
Today, Bruce Springsteen will play alongside a multitude of other famous acts at the Inauguration of President Joe Biden. To kick things off, Lady Gaga sang the national anthem before Biden was sworn into office. Following that, Jennifer Lopez sang a beautiful mashup of “America the Beautiful” and “This Land is Your Land,” for Vice President Kamala Harris.
After Joe Biden was sworn into office, Garth Brooks sang a rendition of “Amazing Grace” for the audience. However, for the last verse, he asked for “not just the people here, the people at home, at work, as one, united.”
Bruce Springsteen will also be joined by Justin Timberlake and Fall Out Boy at the inauguration ceremony. The slew of big name performers and artists will reign in the new Presidency throughout the day.