Bruce Springsteen is of the opinion that his guitar playing skills aren’t getting the credit they deserve.
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The Boss was speaking during his debut appearance on The Howard Stern Show, where he sat down for a lengthy two-and-a-half-hour discussion about life, music, and everything in between.
“I’m a good guitar player,” Springsteen told Stern, who had, earlier in the interview, admitted to being “star struck”.
“My guitar playing is underrated as a matter of fact,” he added.
Asked if he harbours any thoughts about retirement, the 73-year-old musician was emphatic that hanging up his microphone is something he simply “can’t imagine”.
“If I got to the point where I was incapacitated, or something. But up until then — look at Johnny Cash and Pete Seeger. I played with Pete Seeger in Washington at Obama’s inauguration. Pete was 91 or 92, and he came out and sang This Land is Your Land.”
“I look at those guys, I don’t know if I’ll be playing three hour shows. The Broadway show, I could do the rest of my life in one form or another, if I wanted to. I can’t imagine retiring, no.”
As for his high-profile $500 million catalogue sale to Sony Music Group last December, Springsteen said that the decision was largely “a timing thing”.
“I just got to a point in my life where, you know, I’m 73 years old and it was going to Columbia [Records] who I knew was going to take really good care of it,” he explained. “And so it was just a timing thing and it was like, ‘OK, it makes sense.'”
Listen to Springsteen’s full interview with Stern on SiriusXM.