Jersey rock icon Bruce Springsteen recently showed a great interest and appreciation of internet, praising the web as a key factor for making his music heard across the globe.
Chatting with NPR, Bruce noted: "The Internet has become our friend, you know. We went to South America - hadn't been to South America in 25 years - we played for a lot of people. And I guarantee you very few of them had ever seen us before but I was shocked by how knowledgeable they were about the band. The first night we went into Santiago, Chile, and I realized after a few songs: 'I got it. The Internet.'
"In other words, if you're anywhere today, you're everywhere. There's no such thing as having not gone someplace anymore," the musician continued. "We sold 40,000 seats like the first day in Johannesburg. We've never been there. But you've been there somehow, because someone wants to come and see you. So the Internet now is something that I'm becoming very interested in and trying to find ways of just, you know, getting more music out there."
But Springsteen still has to draw the line somewhere, making it clear that personally posting tweets and updates on social networks is out of the question. "I mean, I'm not gonna be, you know I'm not gonna be tweeting," he said. "Somebody tweeted - I think I have someone that tweets for me, you know - 'Real men don't tweet' or something. I don't know, something. But someone has tweeted in my name."
Discussing the matter of piracy, Bruce showed little concern, sharing an interesting idea about differently approaching bootlegs. "I think we live more in a Grateful Dead touring idea that everything you do is recorded now," he explained. "And that's OK with me, you know. As a matter of fact, I believe on this tour, we're starting to do something like you can come in, you can buy a [wrist]band, you can get a copy of the night's show. So hopefully we're gonna do that at a really nice-quality level."
Springsteen's latest studio effort, "High Hopes," saw its release on January 14 via Columbia Records.