Bruce Springsteen has been vocal in his opposition to Donald Trump, so it was fitting that he was on the other side of the world for the President’s inauguration – but he did watch it from Australia.
“I was up late at night and I did happen to catch quite a bit of it,” he told reporters in Perth ahead of the first concert of his Australian tour on Sunday.
“(Australia) feels a long ways away, but our hearts and our spirits are with all the millions of people that marched yesterday, and the E Street band – we are part of the new resistance.”
Springsteen said the recent political events in the US would affect his set lists “a little bit”.
“Plenty of good people voted for Donald Trump on the basis that I’d written about for 30 years, which was the deindustrialisation in the United States and globalisation, and the technological revolution hit many people very, very, very, very hard,” he said.
Some of the recovery from those changes did not reach every part of the US and Springsteen believes the nation was “easy pickings” for a “demagogue” who made some powerful statements about the situation in America.
“I hope he’s successful, I hope he brings jobs back,” Springsteen said.
The New Jersey rocker says the job of the E Street band is to “witness and to testify”.
“We observe and we report, we witness and we testify, and hopefully through doing so we lift up and help people transcend and we try to inspire people during tough times,” he said.
“It’s been our job for 40 years and it will continue to be so in the next coming years.”
The Boss says he is not yet sure if he will play more Australian songs on this tour, having done so in 2014.
But he hopes fans continue to respond well to his autobiography.
“The idea of the book is it deepens your relationship with your audience – that’s been my pursuit since I’ve started,” he said.
Springsteen said he always had a good time in Australia and during the last tour developed a deeper connection with audiences.
“Suddenly it just got very, very exciting and very, very fulfilling and it’s going to be a regular stop on our tours from here on in that’s for sure,” he said.
“We’ve developed a beautiful audience, dedicated audience down here and that always feels great.”
Springsteen will also be in Perth for Australia Day and said he was looking forward to seeing some fireworks and joked he was looking for a barbecue too.
Fans will also be eager to know Springsteen has a new album recorded but he says he has been busy with other things recently – no doubt a reference to his campaigning for Hillary Clinton during the US election.
Springsteen will perform three shows in Perth before touring other capital cities and then New Zealand.