See the Springsteen interview in Rolling Stone last month? Turns out he's been in therapy since 1982. There's nothing wrong with that--'cept now he's beginning to talk about it, and God knows what sort of psychotherapeutic rationalizations produced the double disaster of Lucky Town and Human Touch. I hate to put it so cruelly, but I like my superheroes fucked up. And I want them fighting for justice out on the streets, not on the couch. The prospects of Bruce's upcoming shows in Tinley Park are accordingly perilous; on his Saturday Night Live appearance a few months back, certainly, he looked bleak and enervated. But remember that Bruce Springsteen's problems come from misdirection, not slacking off; he's confused, not unarmed. The challenges he now faces each night onstage are those that he has shown himself--almost with exception and for nearly 20 years as child and man, pretender and hero--to be uniquely equipped to handle. Balancing that confusion at least onstage, is his immensely good-humored, wholly indomitable sense of self. Don't be surprised if he's found his current debacle liberating. In the past, remember, he's had business to take care of; now he's only here for fun. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 PM, World Music Theater, routes 80 and 43 (Harlem Avenue), Tinley Park; 708-614-1616.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Pamela Springsteen.