Saturday 18 November 2017

The Boss admits to suffering from depression and doing therapy

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

BRUCE Springsteen suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts in the 80s, according to New Yorker magazine.

Springsteen, who played to a packed- out RDS twIce last week, experienced serious intervals of depression while finishing his 1982 album Nebraska and subsequently started seeing a psychotherapist.

"He was feeling suicidal" biographer Dave Marsh said. "The depression wasn't shocking, per se. He was on a rocket ride, from nothing to something, and now you are getting your ass kissed day and night. You might start to have some inner conflicts about your real self-worth."

And according to the Boss himself: "My issues weren’t as obvious as drugs. Mine were different, they were quieter - just as problematic, but quieter.

‘’With all artists, because of the undertow of history and self-loathing, there is a tremendous push toward self-obliteration that occurs onstage."

Added Springsteen: "It's both things: there’s a tremendous finding of the self while also an abandonment of the self at the same time. You are free of yourself for those hours; all the voices in your head are gone. Just gone. There's no room for them. There's one voice, the voice you’re speaking in."

Meanwhile, friend, Soprano’s actor and musician Steven Van Zandt told Rolling Stone magazine that Springsteen’s lifestyle was the reason he was still performing three-and-a-half-hour sets at the age of 62.

Van Zandt, who played in The Boss’s band in Dublin added: ‘’He's in good shape by not doing drugs. It's something he doesn't have to preach about. He's a living example of what happens when you never do drugs your whole life."

"I mean, I'm sure he's taken a drink or two a few times in his life, but he was never a drinker either. And he eats right and he's in the gym. Well, that's what happens. Don't do drugs. Don't drink, eat right, go to the gym and you can rock & roll at 62, too. It isn't rocket science.

‘’ This is real old fashioned common sense."

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