As one of the most legendary voices in all of American music history, Bruce Springsteen brings fans wherever he goes. Whether you grew up with his music or fell in love as you grew older, he’s the kind of musician that transcends eras, genres, and scenes. He’s not a fad musician, or someone aiming for one particular demographic; he’s someone he’s done it for everyone and anyone. However, in such uncertain times, you might expect such a legend of the craft to enjoy some downtime.
Not so, however. Because Mr. Springsteen joined the Dropkick Murphy’s for the Fenway Park show in Boston. The show took place on the 29th May, at 6PM ET. Springsteen came along to take part with the Dropkicks, as announced by the band via their Facebook page. “We are gonna be the first band in history to play right on the dirt and grass of the infield diamond – and we will be doing it free – for you, the best fans in the world.”
So, how did this work? How can you hold a gig without fans? Rest assured, there was a plan. The Dropkicks continued, saying they “will have no audience in the stands. That’s another first – no band has ever played a full show in an empty sports stadium! This means you get to take part in this show with your rowdy kids and neighbors right from your own living room or backyard.”
Worried you might be waiting months to see Springsteen back on a stage? Not anymore because he took part alongside the Dropkick Murphys as part of the gig. He joined the band remotely, though, and they performed a track from their respective backcatalogues.
This isn’t the first time they’ve collaborated together, either; fans of either Springsteen or the Dropkicks will know that they worked together on the past, including a cover of “Peg O’ My Heart” and “Rose Tattoo”.
The gig was free, and the groups involved asked that anyone taking part should try to find some spare bucks to throw towards the Boston Resiliency Fund, as well as Feeding America and/or Habitat for Humanity.
“If you think you might have gone along to see either The Boss or the Dropkick Murphys, why not stick in what you would normally pay for a gig and put that toward a good cause? ” This was the thought!!
In such challenging times for us all, it’s nice to see an outright legend play alongside a very successful band doing a very good thing for a community that’s in true hardship. Well done to all involved!