Bruce Springsteen On Staying Fit

You are one of the more fit performers that I have seen.

It’s like the guys that keel over during the marathon. They’re fit, too, I’m sure. It’s like, hey man, no one knows what tomorrow brings. That is the only thing I know. And once you’re my age, there’s quite a few folks missing already, alright? And from 50 on out it only increases as time passes by. I lost my two great-aunts this year — my mother lost her two sisters — they were our living, breathing connection to the old world in Italy and they were a core, you know, it’s, I can’t explain it. It was an enormous loss; they were amazing people. Not to mention friends, not to mention people who are struck with really serious and often debilitating illness. It’s just like you reach a certain part of your life and it becomes a part of your life. I lived with Clarence for the last decade and he struggled to get along. And Danny also. It’s just a part of the day and so I always, I use that image as motivation for sort of, I’m a bit more interested in working.

I believe the band’s gonna be playing for a great deal longer, all right, but not forever anymore, as you felt when you were 32 years old. You realize, OK, there’s a finiteness. There’s a moment now when we go to Europe and there’s a new group of 16-year-old kids who I know are seeing the band for the first time, or people in their mid-30s and 40s never saw the band until 2000, who, you know, I’ve seen at 50 shows already. So now when I go and we get these really young kids and we get a lot of them overseas, you know, I realize, these kids will have never seen the band with Clarence or will have never seen the band with Danny and they will outlive us by many, many years, you know, and so tonight is our night with them. And so you’re playing for an audience who will significantly outlive you now which is kind of both wonderful and bittersweet and I look forward to doing that a lot longer.

Via NPR