Check out this video of Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem signing “No Surrender” with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, from Bruce’s new Hyde Park DVD. I’ve written about Gaslight recently, and anybody who knows me, or maybe follows me on Twitter, knows of my fascination with and admiration for Springsteen. My college girlfriend introduced me to Springsteen’s music, as well as Stephen King’s writing, two debts I can never repay. Obviously both men are consummate storytellers, most often choosing to chronicle average lives.
More than just a great song, this video intrigues me from the standpoint of watching Brian’s joyous face as he gets to perform with one of his musical influences, maybe even one of his idols. There are moments in life that tell you what you’re doing is right, that you’re doing what you’re meant to be doing. This performance seems to me to be one of them.
I had that kind of moment when I got to work with Jim Starlin, Bernie Wrightson and Walter Simonson on respective projects. With Jim, it was a Green Lantern issue and a Hellboy: Weird Tales story. With Bernie, Batman vs. Aliens and the still-unpublished Batman-Solomon Grundy story. With Walter, an issue of The Path. Those jobs will always mean the world to me.