Since the pandemic started, Bruce Springsteen has been taking over his E Street Radio SiriusXM radio station every couple of weeks to play some songs and talk about what’s going on in the world. In his last broadcast he shared some powerful words about the murder of George Floyd and the protests that followed. On this week’s show, he opened with a strong message for the President. “I’m going to start out by sending one to the man sitting behind the resolute desk,” he said. “With all respect, sir, show some consideration and care for your countrymen and your country. Put on a fucking mask.”
The build-up to that message is maybe even better. “I had another show prepared for broadcast this week on this strange and eventful summer, but with 100,000+ Americans dying over the last few months and the empty, shamed response from our leaders, I’ve been simply pissed off,” he began. “Those lives deserved better than just being inconvenient statistics for our President’s re-election efforts. It’s a national disgrace.”
He continued: “So instead of celebrating the joys of summer today, we will be contemplating on our current circumstances with the coronavirus and the cost that it has drawn from our nation. We will be calculating what we’ve lost, sending prayers for the deceased, and the families they’ve left behind.”
Springsteen then played Bob Dylan’s “Disease Of Conceit.” Listen below.