Bruce Springsteen has kicked off his 2017 Summer Tour in Australia with a powerful, politically-charged message.
Capping off a weekend that saw the inauguration of Donald Trump and an unprecedented mass movement of solidarity against the President in Washington and around the world, "The Boss" told a crowded house in Perth that he felt a long way from home.
We stand with you.
"We're a long way from home and our hearts and spirits are with the hundreds and thousands of women and men who marched yesterday... who rallied against hate and division and in support of tolerance, inclusion, reproductive rights, civil rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, the environment, wage equality, gender equality, health care and immigrant rights," Springsteen said on Sunday night.
"We stand with you. We are the new American resistance."
An active Democrat, Springsteen has long been a vocal critic of Trump along with many of his prior Republican presidents. And this has certainly been exemplified through his music.
Our job is to witness and to testify -- that is the basic job of The E Street Band... we observe and we report.
His 2012 'Land of Hope and Dreams' was played as outgoing US President Barack Obama concluded his farewell address last week.
Speaking with media ahead of Sunday's opening show with The E Street Band, "The Boss" said he is working to inspire Trump's America.
"The E Street Band, we are part of the new resistance. Our job is to witness and to testify -- that is the basic job of the E-Street Band... we observe and we report," Springsteen told reporters.
Plenty of good people voted for Donald Trump on the basis of what I have written about for thirty years, which was the de-industrialisation of the United States, globalisation and the technological revolution which hit many people very, very, very, very hard.
And he reached out to those -- both fans and people who have inspired his music -- who support the new President.
"Plenty of good people voted for Donald Trump on the basis of what I have written about for thirty years, which was the de-industrialisation of the United States and globalisation, and the technological revolution hit many people very, very, very, very hard.
"Some of the recovery that occurred in the United States didn't really get down to those folks."
Lucky for us, it seems like Australia will be seeing more of him.
"We've always had a good time down here, but about three, four or five years ago we hit something that felt like a deeper relationship and a deeper connection to our audience here," Springsteen said.
"Suddenly it got very, very exciting and very, very fulfilling and it's going to be a regular stop on our tours from here on in, that's for sure."
Springsteen and The E Street Band have three concerts in Perth (January 22,25,27) before they head to Adelaide on January 30 and to the eastern states in February.
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