Did you read that Blaze article yesterday about Jack White embracing free-market capitalism? At the time, we noted that it was rare to see something like that from a popular musician. Why? Because many mainstream rock stars make it a point to rail again business, profits, etc.
Take, for example, Bruce Springsteen. During a Berlin concert on Wednesday, he played songs from his new album, "Wrecking Ball," wherein he repeatedly blasted financiers and bankers.
"In America, a lot of people have lost their jobs," Springsteen said to a sold out crowd of Berliners. "But also in Europe and in Berlin, times are tough.”
"This song is for all those who are struggling," he said and launched into "Jack of All Trades," a song that includes the lines: "The banker man grows fat, working man grows thin."
In another song titled "Shackled and Drawn," the Jersey boy (the original!) sings: "Gambling man rolls the dice, working man pays the bill. It's still fat and easy up on banker's hill. Up on banker's hill the party's going strong, down here below we're shackled and drawn."
Keep in mind the fact that he performed these songs in the EU: the 17-nation union struggling financially to stay afloat. Needless to say, he found a receptive audience.
But wait! There’s more!
In one song ("Easy Money"), “Uncle Bruce” denounces the "fat cats" who will "just think it's funny ... when you're whole world comes tumbling down” while in "Death to My hometown", he goes after the "greedy thieves and robber barons" who "destroyed our families, factories and they took our homes," Reuters reports.
"The financial world has caused us all a lot of our problems and Springsteen has always been a critical spirit -- that's what I like about him," said Kathleen Wapp, a 42-year-old doctor's assistant from Wolfsburg who attended the show, according to Reuters. "I like the way he's not afraid to put a critical light on the key issues."
"I think it's great the way he's taking on the banking industry - he's got it dead right," Matthias Beck, 46, a carpenter from Leipzig, told Reuters.
"There's hardly anything good about banks. They take advantage of the little people, and it's always hard to find someone who'll take responsibility when it all goes wrong."
So does "The Boss" have any practical solutions for the global economic crisis? In the song "Wrecking Ball", he suggests that you "hold tight to your anger."
This story has been updated.