- 12 Jun 03
How Bruce Springsteen drew inspiration from, and in turn exerted an influence on, Irish rock’n’roll.
“Now I hear she’s got a house out in Fairview, and a style she’s trying to maintain.”
It’s probably fair to assume that Bruce Springsteen wasn’t referring to the north Dublin suburb of the same name when he sang the above line on ‘Darkness On The Edge of Town’. Nor was he likely to have been musing on the habituès of a certain public house off Grafton Street when he sang about “the last of the Duke Street Kings,” on ‘Backstreets’ from Born To Run (though, strange as it may seem, Stockton’s Wing took their name from a line in the same song!). But there have been enough important connections between The Boss and more than one Irish musician over the years to warrant some investigation.
There is little doubt for example that the young Springsteen was hugely inspired by Van Morrison, while Bruce was himself an influence on acts like Thin Lizzy, The Boomtown Rats and to a lesser extent U2 (though the non-musical links with U2 and Bono in particular, have grown steadily over the years). More recently, Bruce is said to have made the short trip to the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park to catch our very own Frames in action – unfortunately he got the date wrong and missed them!