Jelly Roll On Meeting Bruce Springsteen: ‘If I Was Him, I’d Never Introduce Myself’

During a red carpet interview at MusiCares’ 33rd annual Person of the Year gala, Jelly Roll shared his encounter with Bruce Springsteen with ET’s Cassie DiLaura.

The musician, nominated for Best New Artist and Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the Grammys, couldn’t hide his excitement over meeting The Boss, as he recalled:

“I met Bruce Springsteen earlier. I’m doing incredible. I met The Boss, dude. One on one, just me and him in the hallway.”

Reflecting On The Boss’s Kindness

He was particularly struck by Springsteen’s humility and kindness, noting:

“It was the most random thing ever. He was so nice. He introduced himself, which I thought was the coolest thing. If I was Bruce Springsteen, I’d never introduce myself. And if I did, I’d be like, ‘I’m The Boss. Nice to meet you,’ you know.”

The night was significant for Roll not only because of his meeting with Springsteen but also because of his performance at the gala in honor of Jon Bon Jovi. The event featured performances from names like Paul McCartney and Lenny Kravitz, with Jelly taking the stage to deliver a rendition of ‘Bad Medicine.’

Paying Tribute To Jon Bon Jovi

The gala, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, celebrated Jon Bon Jovi’s contributions to music, with musicians and attendees alike paying tribute to the rocker. The audience was excited as Jovi introduced Springsteen, calling him a mentor and friend.

Springsteen’s appearance was uncertain because his mother passed away just days before. However, he had already flown to Los Angeles when he heard the news. Bon Jovi later shared:

“I certainly would have understood if he’d said that he couldn’t make it, but he wanted to be here tonight for MusiCares. And he wanted to be here tonight for me. And I’m forever grateful to you.”

The two musicians’ performances included Bon Jovi’s hit ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home’ and Springsteen’s ‘The Promised Land,’ featuring a harmonica duet.