The last time Bruce Springsteen performed in New Orleans it was less than a year after Hurricane Katrina hit, and “The Boss” moved thousands to tears at Jazz Fest by belting out such lyrics as “How can a poor man stand such times as these?”
Springsteen is returning to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this April. But this time, things will be different in a city that is healing from the devastating 2005 hurricane, according to Jazz Fest producer Quint Davis.
“The Boss” has been added to the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival lineup. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are scheduled to perform on Sunday, April 29, 2012, his first Jazz Fest appearance since 2006, when he took the stage with his Seeger Sessions project less than a year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area.
.“The last time he walked on that stage this was a city in ruins,” Davis said Tuesday, recalling an emotionally fragile audience with hands in the air and tears in their eyes as Springsteen sang the lyrics to “City in Ruins”.
“Now this is a city that’s alive. It’s a city of triumph,” Davis said. “We’ve come a long way.”