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I don't know exactly when Bruce said it, but he takes some inspiration from Chuck Berry. Chuck Berry also has a song called the "Promised Land". I assume that was direct inspiration for his same of the same name. Also, the promised land could be used in a sarcastic tone, because he doesn't actually believe in a promised land. Using one of your examples: ...


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The Promised Land is a theme that Springsteen employs, because it's a place he always wanted to be. In his lean younger years, before the fame, it was a place he hoped to get to. It was a place he hoped his fans got to. It was a common cause that bound his fans to himself. The Promised Land is, after all, "the runaway American dream". ;o) There is also ...


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My 5 favorites are: Pièce de Résistance Winterland Where the River ends Nassau Night Coliseum Night


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I wasn't able to find any direct quote from Springsteen, but Van Zandt does refer to himself that way in an interview with Billboard Magazine: My relationship with Bruce was the same relationship that Silvio had with Tony Soprano. Silvio was not afraid of Tony. Bruce and I grew up together, so I’m never going to be afraid of him. You want a buffer in ...


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