Paul Kane/Getty ImagesBruce Springsteen is feeling a little embarrassed about the current political climate, and he found a unique way to express it while on tour in Australia.
According to Billboard, the Boss opened his show Thursday in Melbourne by addressing the telephone call between President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, which reportedly featured a tense discussion about Mr. Trump’s controversial immigration plans.
Armed with only an acoustic guitar, Springsteen delivered a cover of doo-wop group The Orlons’ 1962 hit single “Don’t Hang Up,” which features the lyrics “Don’t hang up like you always do / I know you think our love is true / I’ll explain the facts to you, don’t hang up.”
In a amateur video clip posted on YouTube, Springsteen told the crowd at AAMI Park, “We stand before you [as] embarrassed Americans tonight,” before launching into the Orlons cover. Following that, he announced, “We come from a land of immigrants! This is an immigrant song” as the E Street Band kicked into “American Land,” a track from the 2006 album, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.
Prior to the show, E Street guitarist Steven Van Zandt also addressed the controversy on Twitter, posting the message, “Australia is, was, and always will be one of the USA’s best friends and closest allies. Apologies for today’s temporary embarrassment.”
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