Bruce Springsteen gave the keynote address at the 2012 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas over the weekend. The entire thing is embedded above and while it is long, it’s definitely worth a watch.

During the speech, the Boss takes listeners on a music journey through his musical career, talking about the musicians who have inspired him – from Elvis and Roy Orbison to Johnny Rotten and Woody Guthrie. He then closed out his speech with:

“Here we are in this town, young and old, celebrating each perhaps in our own
way a sense of freedom that was Woody’s legacy. So rumble,
young musicians, rumble. Open your ears and open your hearts. Don’t take
yourself too seriously, and take yourself as seriously as death itself. Don’t
worry. Worry your ass off. Have ironclad confidence, but doubt. It keeps you
awake and alert. … And when you walk onstage tonight to bring the noise, treat
it like it’s all we have. And then remember it’s only rock ‘n’

In addition to the address, the Boss naturally also performed a smorgasbord of songs. Below are just a few – “Wrecking Ball” and “Badlands” in the first video and “The Ghost of Tom Joad” in the second, with Tom Morello joining him on stage.

What a great musician – we’d be lying if we said we weren’t a little jealous of those who were at SXSW this year.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."