The Guitarist Who Pushed Bruce Springsteen To Another Level


Musicians’ inspiring and becoming significant influences on each other are prevalent situations in the music industry. The young generation of artists generally takes their predecessors as great examples to gain international fame and commercial success like them. Therefore they cover their classics and dedicated songs to these musicians to thank for their contribution to these works.

However, the more experienced artists described the next generation singers and instrumentalists as their muse on rare occasions, which surprised their fans. According to many people, it’s tough for a younger musician to have any influence on an already legendary artist. However, this doesn’t mean it didn’t happen before since E Street Band leader Bruce Springsteen’s once named a guitarist as the person who pushed him to another level.

Who Was Bruce Springsteen’s Muse For ‘High Hopes?’


Rage Against the Machine released their fourth studio album, ‘Renegades,’ which consisted of covers from various artists, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and Minor Threat, with many more, on December 5, 2000. The band’s ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ cover that initially belonged to Springsteen got critical acclaim and became so popular that it drew the famous singer’s attention.

Years later, the band’s guitarist Tom Morello joined Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band for a few special shows in 2008. They performed ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ live together, and it enchanted the audience along with their other performance at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert. Also, the song took place in Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s EP entitled ‘Magic Tour Highlights,’ released on July 15, 2008.

In addition, Morello collaborated with Springsteen for the iconic musician’s seventeenth studio album ‘Wrecking Ball,’ and they started their Wrecking Ball World Tour on March 18, 2012, in Atlanta, which ended on September 21, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro to promote the album. The guitarist teamed up with Springsteen and his band so many times that he was almost a staple guest musician on E Street Band shows.

Consequently, the two artists’ collaboration and friendship continued for years, so Springsteen didn’t forget to credit the Rage Against the Machine guitarist for contributing to one of his records. While sharing his thoughts and feelings about his eighteenth studio album ‘High Hopes,’ Springsteen stated that Morello was his muse and pushed him to make the album more extraordinary by using his unreleased materials. He also thanked him for the inspiration in one of his statements.

Here’s what Springsteen wrote in his statement about his album:

Tom and his guitar became my muse, pushing the rest of this project to another level. Thanks for the inspiration, Tom.”

You can watch one of their performances below.