I went to the MoveOn-sponsored concert/fund-raiser in Detroit on Sunday night to see Bruce Springsteen and REM.
Good schtick: Bruce, in the character of a faith healer, says: "Is there anybody in the house that needs to be released from the burden of Republicanism?" Then, there was a "healing" of a guy in a bowtie, who held up a "Bush Must Go!" sign.
On the way out of Cobo, I was stopped by a local NPR reporter, Quin Klinefelter, who asked me what I thought of the show. My sound bite that made it on to WDET in Detroit was:
"I'm not sure that three-quarters of the people who came here, came
here to get the political message. But I think Bruce Springsteen is
more political when he's just out there with a guitar singing about the
subjects he writes about. There's something about this that was a
little bit forced, I thought."
I felt a bit bad afterward. I've been a Springsteen fan before,
during and after the height of his popularity, and the first time I get
to speak publicly about him, I dis the Boss! If you were listening, Mr. Springsteen, sir, I loved the show and support what you're doing.
Pardon the picture quality, but I took it with my Motorola camera
phone. This is Springsteen speaking on stage, beneath a large-screen
image of himself. I thought the fuzziness added something to the photo.
What's the nanotechnology connection? Let's see. Umm, well, future
Motorola cameraphones will be MRAM-enabled,
giving me instant-on capacity, tons of storage space and much-better
picture quality. And I hear that Little
Steven is trying to stay hip, so he's changing the nickname to Nano
Steven. He's following the Jefferson Airplane/Starship aging rock star