In recent years, Bruce Springsteen’s influence on the indie-rock scene has grown increasingly evident, with acts like The Hold Steady and Arcade Fire not just citing the Boss as an influence, but, at times, sounding quite like the E Street Band.
That path goes both ways, of course, and Springsteen’s appreciation of indie and punk rock — particularly of the late-’70s and ’80s variety — has never been a secret, from his work with Patti Smith to covering Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream” on his 2005 solo-acoustic tour.
At Thursday’s E Street show in Los Angeles, Springsteen turned his spotlight onto another longtime favorite, classic SoCal punk act Social Distortion — inviting frontman Mike Ness on stage to tear through Social D’s “Bad Luck” and Springsteen’s “The Rising.”
(Ness and the Boss have collaborated before; Springsteen guested on Ness’ 1998 solo debut Cheating at Solitaire, and Ness sat in with the E Street Band last May at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J.)
Video: Bruce Springsteen and Mike Ness, Los Angeles Sports Arena, 4/16/09