Bruce Springsteen confesses he 'yearned' to be British

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24 May 2024, 15:34

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The Boss dreams of being a Brit while receiving the prestigious Ivor Novello Award in London.

In a revelation that’s sure to surprise fans on both sides of the Atlantic, Bruce Springsteen, the iconic voice of blue-collar America, confessed he 'desperately yearned' to be British.

This unexpected admission came as Springsteen was honoured as the latest Fellow of the Ivors Academy at the glamorous Ivor Novello Awards in London.

The high brow awards seemed to be full on revelations, as Lana Del Rey followed the Boss' example and drop her own confession.



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The legendary rocker, who has spent decades embodying the American spirit through his music, took a nostalgic trip down memory lane, recalling his awe-inspiring first visit to the UK in 1975.

"For a young New Jersey rocker, you came to Mecca," Springsteen reminisced during his acceptance speech.

"We thought we had died and gone to heaven. Youth, loud, hipness, girls. And while I was stone-cold born in the USA, at 16 I desperately yearned to be British."

It turns out, the Boss didn’t just admire the UK’s trendsetting bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones from afar.

He was so keen to fit in that he even tried to mask his American accent.

"I had a pretty good fake British accent - that's what the checkout girls at the local supermarket thought," he smiled, revealing his teenage attempts to channel his inner Brit.

Springsteen’s confessions added a delightful twist to an already memorable evening.

He became the first international songwriter to receive the Ivors Academy Fellowship, joining the ranks of previous recipients like Sir Elton John, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, and Kate Bush.

The night was made even more special by the presence of Sir Paul McCartney himself, who presented Springsteen with the accolade.

Never one to miss a chance for a cheeky jibe, McCartney humorously roasted the Born in the USA star before handing over the honour.

He quipped that he 'couldn't think of a more fitting' recipient for the fellowship, before cheekily listing Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift as equally deserving alternatives.

At 74, Springsteen showed no signs of slowing down, his passion for music as fierce as ever.

During his heartfelt acceptance speech, he shared: "I want to be at the top of my game. Thanks for the inspiration that I see from so many musicians and writers that hail from the UK.

"To be the first international artist to be granted this Fellowship - especially as an American, who I always suspect the British to be suspicious of our strange ways - it makes today a meaningful experience to me."

For fans of the Boss, this candid glimpse into his teenage dreams adds yet another layer to the rock legend's fascinating persona.

Known for his raw, authentic storytelling and powerful anthems that capture the essence of American life, Springsteen’s yearning to be British shows the universal appeal and influence of UK music.

The Ivors Academy Fellowship is just the latest accolade in Springsteen’s illustrious career, but perhaps one of the most personally meaningful.

As he stood among the UK’s musical elite, it was clear that the boy from New Jersey had finally found his place in his long-admired British music scene.