Bruce Springsteen lashes out at financiers and bankers at Be

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PostThu May 31, 2012 10:12 pm » by Flecktarn

Bruce Springsteen lashes out at financiers and bankers at Berlin concert
Bruce Springsteen has lashed out at financiers and bankers, dedicating his music to "those struggling in America and Europe" during a concert in Berlin.
The musician known as "The Boss" touched on a nerve of widespread discontent as he addressed the global economic crisis in front of 58,000 people at the German capital's Olympic Stadium.
Speaking in German, he said: "In America, a lot of people have lost their jobs. But also in Europe and in Berlin, times are tough. This song is for all those who are struggling."
The 62-year-old singer then introduced "Jack of All Trades," a withering attack on bankers that includes the lyrics: "The banker man grows fat, working man grows thin."
In "Death to My Hometown", he sang about the "greedy thieves and robber barons" who "destroyed our families, factories and they took our homes".
Springsteen's populist songs have a strong blue collar following in America and his latest album "Wrecking Ball," released in March, is an angry indictment of Wall Street and those responsible for the financial crisis.

A tour which will see him bring his anti-banker message to 15 countries, began on May 13 in Spain, which is struggling with its crushing debt load.
Even though Germany has managed to come through the crisis better than others, the largely working class city of Berlin is struggling with double-digit unemployment and low wages.
Springsteen has been a significant figure in the city since his 1988 concert in East Berlin, when he spoke out against the Berlin Wall in front of 160,000 people.
His new campaign against financial greed is resonating with European audiences as it already has done with American ones.
Matthias Beck, 46, a carpenter from Leipzig, who was at the Berlin show, said: "I think it's great the way he's taking on the banking industry, he's got it dead right. There's hardly anything good about banks. They take advantage of the little people, and it's always hard to find someone who'll take responsibility when it all goes wrong."
Kathleen Wapp, 42, a doctor's assistant from Wolfsburg, said: "The financial world has caused us all a lot of our problems and Springsteen has always been a critical spirit, that's what I like about him. I like the way he's not afraid to put a critical light on the key issues."
One of Springsteen's songs "We Take Care Of Our Own," a recession-themed anthem released in January, has been picked up as a campaign song by President Barack Obama and will be played at rallies. Mr Obama reportedly secured permission to use the song after a 10-minute phone call with Springsteen.
In February Springsteen said he still supports Mr Obama, for whom he actively campaigned in 2008, but said the president had been "more friendly to corporations than I thought he would be," and that there were not enough working class and middle class voices heard in the administration.
Springsteen said: "I would like to have seen more activism in job creation sooner than it came. I would like to have seen people helped out, seen some of these foreclosures stopped somehow."

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PostFri Jun 01, 2012 7:39 am » by mediasorcery

fuk bruce springsein, media shill,
the story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye, until we meet again my friend.

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PostFri Jun 01, 2012 7:44 am » by knewpeace

and we all know how much his words mean to the masses at large.

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PostFri Jun 01, 2012 8:34 am » by Perronick

Wasn't he fund-raising for Obama?

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PostFri Jun 01, 2012 10:46 am » by Flecktarn

playing the crowd ,,anyone know how much bruce has donated to good causes?
that will show how much his sentiment means

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