MadScreamingGallery Posted December 1, 2011 Share Posted December 1, 2011 He loves Austin and he loves music... Bruce Springsteen will be keynote speaker for SXSW Music By Joe Gross | Thursday, December 1, 2011, 10:07 AM Bruce Springsteen will serve as as keynote speaker for the 2012 South By Southwest Music and Media Conference, SXSW announced Thursday. The keynote takes place on March 15, 2012, at the Austin Convention Center and will be open to Music and Platinum badge holders. Most SXSW keynote speakers tend to be once-vital artists in the autumn of their careers (Smokey Robinson, Bob Geldof) or seasoned, distinguished vets (Neil Young, Lou Reed — come to think of it, given the Loutallica controversy, he would have been a funny one for ‘12) who play to audiences that are not quite as large as they once were. Springsteen is neither. He is a veteran artist who can still sell out stadiums, and his music, influential for well over 30 years, has recently roared back to life as a genuine inspiration to indie rockers such as the Hold Steady, the Gaslight Anthem and Titus Andronicus. 2011 was a tough year for Springsteen. E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, long considered the heart and soul of the storied group, died on June 18 following a stroke. “Clarence doesn’t leave the E Street Band when he dies,” Springsteen wrote in a heartfelt eulogy. “He leaves when we die.” Perhaps in that spirit, Springsteen announced November 21 that he and the E Street Band would tour the US and Europe in 2012 for the first time since Clemons’ death. A new studio album is also in the works. (Feel free to start the rumors about a Springsteen gig at SXSW now.) http://www.austin360...ll_be_keyn.html Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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