“I want to tell you I’m not here for or against any government,” Springsteen said, as he pointedly introduced his rendition of the Bob Dylan ballad “Chimes of Freedom.”
“I came to play rock ’n’ roll for you East Berliners in the hope that one day all the barriers will be torn down.”The concern apparently signaled a shift that the Government was caving in to the people's thirst for freedom and the basic human rights they were owed. I didn't realize Bruce had that type of influence on people outside of Jersey! The article goes on to state that "He [Cherno Jobatey, now a well-known German TV anchorman] said the concert probably affected East Germany more thoroughly than the 1969 Woodstock Festival did America."
That is pretty amazing. Read the rest here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25696021/page/2/
Also check out the new tour highlights EP Springsteen put out. There is a fantastic track (you could also buy the video) of him and Tom Morello (aka The Nightwatchman) doing "Ghost of Tom Joad". I'd post it here for you since its so fantastic, but the proceeds from the sales go to the Danny Federici Melanoma Fund so you're just going to have to take my word for it and buy it.
And for those who have never heard Bruce's version of "Chimes of Freedom" here you go: