Bruce Springsteen speaks to the media during a sound-check ahead of the first show of his Wrecking Ball Tour at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 14, 2013, in Brisbane, Australia.
Honoree Bruce Springsteen performs at MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Bruce Springsteen on Feb. 8, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Bruce Springsteen speaks during SXSW Keynote during the 2012 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Austin Music Hall on March 15, 2012, in Austin
President Barack Obama shakes hands with singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, as actor-director-producer Robert De Niro looks on, during a reception for the Kennedy Center Honorees Dec. 6, 2009 in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
Bruce Springtsteen performs with his E Street Band during halftime at the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, 2009, in Tampa , Fla. It has been an interesting few months for the musician who since Jan. 1 released his 24th album, launched another world tour, performed for the president and won a Golden Globe for a song her wrote for the movie "The Wrestler."
An early and ardent support of President Barack Obama, Rocker Bruce Springsteen was tapped to open the Inauguration Concert at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington, D.C. He performed his song "The Rising," written about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack with a Gospel Choir.
Born In The USA
Rock superstar Bruce Springsteen, center, is pictured with other recording artists who make up the "Vote for Change" program in this photo released Aug. 3, 2004. Members of the group will perform in a series of fund-raising concerts in nine swing states before the presidential election in an effort to unseat President Bush.
Bruce Springsteen, the quintessential Jersey Shore club performer who sang about girls, cars and rock 'n' roll, is pictured with his Corvette in this 1978 photo by photographer Frank Stefanko. It is part of an exhibit titled "Springsteen - Troubadour of the Highway" on display in the summer of 2004 at the Newark Museum in Newark, N.J.
Springsteen, whose blue-collar songs already were giving him a reputation for activism, sings and plays his guitar at New York's Madison Square Garden during a concert sponsored by Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE), Sept. 22, 1979. Proceeds from the benefit were to support development of energy sources other than nuclear power.
Fans reach out to touch New Jersey favorite Springsteen during his July 3, 1981, concert the very first event scheduled at the new Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, N.J.
Now a superstar whose stadium concerts sell out across the nation, Springsteen leaps on stage as he performs before 71,000 fans at Cleveland Stadium on the second stop of his "Born in The USA" American tour Aug. 8, 1985. That album caught the attention of conservative columnist George Will and President Reagan, who saluted its patriotism, much to the astonishment of sniggering fans.
Springsteen, right, joins together with musicians Don Henley, left, and Sting, center, for an impromptu jam session on the stage of the China Club in Hollywood, Calif., Feb. 13, 1990.
Springsteen holds aloft the Oscar presented to him by Whitney Houston, right, at the 66th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, March 21, 1994. He won the award for outstanding original song for "Streets of Philadelphia" from the movie "Philadelphia." It also won three Grammys, including Song of the Year.
Springsteen performs at the sixth annual Rainforest Foundation International Benefit concert at New York's Carnegie Hall April 12, 1995. The foundation is dedicated to protecting the Rainforests of the Brazilian Amazon region and other rainforest regions around the world.
Springsteen plays an acoustic benefit concert at the State Theater in New Brunswick, N.J., Nov. 21, 1995, the day his album, "The Ghost of Tom Joad," was released. He performed selections from the acoustic album before an audience of 1,800 to benefit World Hunger Year. Donations to groups that ease hunger in the U.S. are often taken outside his concerts.
Springsteen joins Bob Dylan, right, during Dylan's set for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame benefit concert Sept. 2, 1995, in Cleveland. The two have performed together a number of times since then.
Springsteen balances four Grammys backstage at the 37th annual Grammy Awards presentation at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles March 1, 1995. Springsteen, who kicked off the show with his winning track "Streets of Philadelphia," won song of the year, best male vocal performance, best rock song, and best song written for a motion picture or television.
Springsteen, second from right, celebrates with his wife Patti Scialfa, left, and members of his E Street Band, Clarence Clemons, second left, and Steve Van Zandt after Springsteen received his award at the 14th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York March, 15, 1999. Springsteen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the "performer" category.
Springsteen performs "Dead Man Walking'" at the 68th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, March 25, 1996. The song, from the movie of the same name, had been nominated for Best Song.
Springsteen and his wife, Patti Scialfa, arrive at the Sony Lincoln Square Theater, in New York, for a special benefit screening of "Greenfingers," July 18, 2001. Scialfa, a member of the E Street Band, is his second wife. He had been married to actress Julianne Phillips from 1985 to 1989.
Springsteen opens the live broadcast of "America: A Tribute to Heroes" with "My City in Ruins," Sept. 21, 2001, in New York. In an extraordinary benefit across the television dial, entertainers united to raise money for victims of the World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist attacks.
Springsteen, second from right, acknowledges his fans on the beach in his hometown of Asbury Park, N.J. after performing at the Convention Hall with the E Street Band July 30, 2002. The show marked the debut of his "The Rising" tour. With Springsteen are E Street Band members from left, Clarence Clemons, and Springsteen's wife, Patti Scialfa.
Springsteen, right, and his wife, Patti Scialfa, arrive at the post-Grammy party hosted by Sony Music at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York Feb. 23, 2003. The two have been married for 13 years and have three children (Evan, 13; Jessica, 12, and Sam, 10).
Springsteen watches as his daughter, Jessica, competes in a pony class at the Lake Placid Horse Show in Lake Placid, N.Y., July 4, 2004.