There are kids who are coming to the show who will never have seen the band with Clarence Clemons in it or Danny Federici—people who were in the band for thirty years. So our job is to honor the people who stood on that stage by putting on the best show we’ve ever put on. To do that, you’ve got to acknowledge your losses and your defeats as well as your victories. There is a finiteness to it, though the end may be a long time away. We end the night with a party of sorts, but it’s not an uncomplicated party. It’s a life party—that’s what we try to deliver up.
“you’ve got to acknowledge your losses and your defeats as well as your victories” - in a way that’s the closest to a statement of being for Springsteen’s art I have ever read. From Spanish Johnny to Terry to Mary to Candy, he has celebrated defeat as well as any musician.