Is The Boss developing a very public drinking problem?
Springsteen’s song for “The Wrestler” starts out, “Have you ever seen a one trick pony…” Well, The Boss has a new party trick: chugging beers.
For the last month The Boss has been going full-on Frank The Tank at his shows, and chugging beers like a freshman rushing the frat with all the jocks. And though he’s now 62, The Boss has been earning his namesake, chugging like a damn machine. He’d make the rush, all right. From the looks of it he might even be that guy you’d worry about landing in rehab by his senior year.
Springsteen first made news for an epic chug in the audience at a show in a Philadelphia last month. Making his way through the stands and imploring his fans to emotional catharsis, he plopped down in a seat, surrounded by fans. And he did look genuinely pooped—as if he’d exhausted himself trying to give his fans a good show. Someone stuck a half-full beer in front of his face, and without hesitation he chugged the whole thing. As if shot full with mana, he sprang up and continued the show. It was exceptional showmanship—the kind of thing you imagine James Brown would have done. And the fans loved it.
Never one to disappoint, Bruce has now turned the beer-chugging into a regular part of his show. Gothamist reports that he chugged at his Madison Square Garden shows last week and last night. And he’s upped the ante: he’s now chugging two beers back-to-back. Every time he empties the cup and flings it, the fans scream.
Apparently emboldened by the beers last night, he even whipped up a little New York/New Jersey rivalry at MSG:
There’s so many things to appreciate about New York There’s the Statue of Liberty which we learn is actually in New Jersey. There’s the greatest theme song ever written about a city, which is sung by a man from New Jersey. And there’s a world championship football team who come to think of it, they play in New Jersey!
Though he was in New York, the crowd still cheered. What else are you gonna do? He’s The Boss, after all. Watch all three chugging vids below.