One might almost say “Like a Boss”

Let’s call it “Free Bird Syndrome”: you’re watching Musician A, and you ask him to play a song associated with Musician B. Some A’s, obviously, are better equipped to handle this than others.

Presented with a title, Bruce Springsteen laughed: “We haven’t played [this] since we were, I don’t know, sixteen.” He might even have been right, since the song dates to 1964, the year Springsteen turned 15.

And after a couple of minutes of trying to get the feel of it, the band was ready to go:

Of course, if you can’t play Chuck Berry, I seriously question whether you can play rock and roll in the first place.

(Via Newsner.)

3 comments

  1. McG »

    25 July 2017 · 11:37 am

    When all you hear is the finished product, it’s easy to forget how much goes into arranging music for a successful performance. Watching Springsteen and E Street work up an impromptu arrangement right in front of the audience in just two or three minutes?

    Suddenly I have a lot more respect for them than I had before.

  2. Brett »

    25 July 2017 · 3:55 pm

    Never trust any rock musician who can’t play Chuck Berry music.

  3. The Other McCain »

    25 July 2017 · 10:05 pm

    In The Mailbox: 07.25.17

    Dustbury: One Might Almost Say, “Like A Boss”

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