From One Boss to the Other

25 Jun

Boss to Boss. Jerseyite to Jerseyite. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band honored James Gandolfini the other night during their Ricoh Arena concert in Coventry, England. About halfway through their set, The Boss announced that they would be playing all the songs from their Born to Run album.

BrucePlaysFor Gandolfini.6.24.13.MarkMetcalfe.GettyImages.crAn outstanding dedication to be sure. After all, there are commonalities between Gandolfini’s ruthless mob boss, Tony Soprano, and The Boss: Both are bosses, actually Bosses; both are from New Jersey; and both share the same right hand man –Steven Van Zandt, E Street guitarist and Tony Soprano’s consigliere, Silvio Dante.

“Trying to learn how to walk like heroes we thought we had to be
And after all this time to find we’re just like all the rest
Stranded in the park and forced to confess
To hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets
We swore forever friends on the backstreets until the end
Hiding on the backstreets, hiding on the backstreets”

The Boss’s stories tell us truths about ourselves, our lives. The crime boss had his own set of truths and lived by his own morality. And the actor who portrayed him was truthful to his character. Showing us his bravado and his brutality, but also his frailties and ultimately, convincingly his truths. Heroes? The Boss and the Actor would say otherwise. Their fans know different. To us, both Bosses are impressive, imposing, and powerful. We treasure the one we still have with us and appreciate the one who has passed. With thanks to the E Street Band’s reverential send-off, may Mr. Gandolfini rest in peace.

 

SOURCES:
Rolling Stone
Bruce pic: Mark Metcalf/Getty Images
Backstreets lyrics: Official Bruce Springsteen Website

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