In his acceptance speech, Springsteen, who beat out Beyonce, Peter Gabriel, Miley Cyrus, and Clint Eastwood, opened by joking: "This is the only time I'm gonna be in competition with Clint Eastwood, I know that for sure."
He went on to credit The Wrestler's star Mickey Rourke for getting him involved in writing the theme for the movie: "Mickey called me and he asked me for some music. He told me a little bit about the character. He said, 'Some people invest themselves in their pain, and they turn away from love and the things that strengthen and nurture their lives.' He said that this was a guy that hadn't figured that out. So I said, 'I know a couple of those guys."
- Springsteen closed by thanking his family -- wife Patti Scialfa, kids Evan, Jessie, and Sam -- and wishing "The Big Man" Clarence Clemmons a happy birthday. Clemmons celebrated his 67th birthday last night (January 11th)
Springsteen is planning a small scale 50 to 60 date E Street Band tour in support of his upcoming album Working On A Dream album, which will be released on January 27th. Rolling Stone quoted a source saying that the trek won't be a "total marathon" with the shows divided between Europe and the U.S. The most interesting aspect regarding the still-unannounced dates is that Springsteen is reportedly considering a revolving mini-set featuring one of his albums played in its entirety.
- Springsteen dipped his foot in the water on May 7th during a benefit show for New Jersey's Count Basie Theatre, when for the first time he performed his 1978 album Darkness On The Edge Of Town and 1975's Born To Run back-to-back in their entirety.
- Springsteen will perform on January 18th at the National Mall in Washington D.C., according to The Washington Post. The performance, which will be part of President-elect Obama's inauguration festivities, will be open free to the public. Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform on February 1st as part of the halftime show at Super Bowl XLIII (43) in Tampa, Florida.