Springsteen hailed as Person Of The Year
Bruce Springsteen helped raise more than $250,000 for MusiCares at the weekend, during a gala night in which he was named Person Of The Year by the charity.
The evening included a tribute concert featuring Neil Young, Tom Morello, Elton John, Sting and many others, before the Boss himself hit the stage.
During a fundraising auction in which a signed 1952 Fender Telecaster was set to sell for $70,000, he called: “Dig in, you one-percenters!” and added a series of bonus elements to the item, including a guitar lesson, a ride on his Harley-Davidson, backstage passes and a lasagne made by his mother.
After Springsteen’s efforts the guitar went for $250,000.
And the 63-year-old played down his career achievements, saying: “Whatever philanthropy I’ve ever done usually involved playing the guitar. I was going to play the guitar anyway.”
Gala host Jon Stewart hailed Springsteen’s music, saying how it inspired him as a young hopeful to think, “I am not a loser – I am a character in an epic poem about losers.”
Afterwards the Boss said: “I had one of the loveliest nights of my life. John Legend made me sound like Gershwin. Neil Young made me sound like the Sex Pistols.”