Springsteen Wraps Up Tour, Tones Down Politics

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Bruce Springsteen ended his world tour over the weekend, toned down but revved up.

Springsteen played more than 30 songs over 3 1/2 hours Saturday night on Milwaukee's lakefront for Harley-Davidson's 105th anniversary celebration. He made few comments between songs.

Only for a few moments before "Livin' in the Future" did the rocker - who often brings his liberal-leaning political comments to the stage - stray into politics.

Springsteen performed to a crowd not unlike the one that gave Republican presidential candidate John McCain a warm welcome Aug. 4 at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. Many roared their motorcycles during McCain's speech.

Springsteen said "Livin' in the Future" was about what was happening now: cheese, Harley-Davidson motorcycles (tailoring it to his Wisconsin crowd), transfats, "500 channels of nothing on" and the Bill of Rights.

But he also mentioned wire tapping and rendition - the secret transport of terror suspects from one country to another.

"Things that basically at the heart are un-American," he said. The crowd gave spattered groans but mostly stayed silent.

He did not play "Born in the U.S.A," his anthem about the difficulties Vietnam war veterans faced, or the anti-war ballad "Devils and Dust" about Iraq.

Springsteen's Saturday performance was his last stop on his tour. His Web site said Springsteen and the E Street Band have performed 100 concerts for more than 2 million fans.

Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson expected more than 100,000 people from around the nation and world to participate in the four-day celebration that officially started Thursday in Milwaukee and its suburbs. It included a parade through the city, a party along the lake, activities at the new Harley-Davidson Museum, a special exhibit at Discovery World and other big-name bands.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 3, 2008 at 05:46 AM
    When you are liberal and weathy, seems to go hand in hand, you can say anything. Used to be the republican party had money now it is the democrats with lots of money and abusing it for political means. If you think they represent the democrats, wrong. They represent special interrest, environmentalist and feel good social programs. They have plenty of money but Obama won't even give his half brother money to live on. What does this say about these people. Are you proud of this? I'm not.
  • by Tim Location: LaGrange on Aug 31, 2008 at 09:22 PM
    I have always believed that these Hollywood types need to shut up and do what they are supposed to do- sing or act. Keep your political views to yourself and quit trying to use you so-called "talent" to force your views on everyone else.
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Aug 31, 2008 at 05:09 PM
    I am always totally mystified that the so called geniuses in hollywood and music are so loathful toward the very system that allows them to make such obscene profits from their so called talents. I would love to get them a REAL JOB.
  • by WOLFGANG Location: CHOCOWINITY on Aug 31, 2008 at 03:53 PM
    I remember back in the 60's. When a reporter asked Elvis, and tried to pin him on a political question. What do you think about the Viet Nam War Elvis? His answer " Man I do not answer any questions on Viet Nam or anything like that. I am just a singer and entertainer,and I hope some people enjoy my songs. Ask me a question about my music. " Good answer Elvis. These guitar players are entertainers don't listen to there Politics use your brain not theirs. I do miss you Elvis you had a great voice.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Aug 31, 2008 at 12:11 PM
    I have always wondered why these singers think that we all feel the way they do. Hopefully it has become painfully obvious to some of them that it isn't the case. The reason Mellencamp and Springstein do not get thunderous applause is because the majority of their fans are conservative and simply like their music. They are largely an older crowd and the young 'mush heads' that might respond they way they'd expect aren't listening to this type of music anyway. I will steel a quote and a title from Laura Ingraham........"Shut up and sing!" We don't care what you THINK about anything, we came to hear you sing. In a nutshell their audience has grown up and they haven't.
  • by Who cares Location: greenville on Aug 31, 2008 at 09:16 AM
    For some reason actors and musicians seems to be very liberal. And to springsteen that makes claims of thuings that are un-american. Who is he to say what is american and what it not? Just because it is his views does not mean it is every ones. The majority rules, unforgetnately the majority is becoming more and more very liberal in this country. A really sad day for america. But no one to blame but ourselves for allowing it to get this way.
  • by Noneya Location: IBX on Aug 31, 2008 at 07:17 AM
    I was at a FarmAid concert a few years ago, and John Cougar Mellencamp got on the liberal soapbox during his performance, and his pointless babbling was drowned out by the booing and hissing of thousadns of red blooded Americans. What a beatiful moment to witness !

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